In the 21st century, everything can be done online from shopping to collage classes to keeping your child busy in the car so that you can drive safely. If you are wondering if your child is being actively entertained or if junior might actually be learning something, you are not alone.
Educational applications are geared for children of all ages, but young children especially use visual learning as a major educational tool. Why do you think Sesame Street was so popular for so long? Young children have a very short attention span, and so the goal in educational applications for young children is to entertain and challenge their young minds with short games that feature bright colors, shapes, and likable characters.
Some parents ask, why do they work? The answer is two-fold. Humans learn by repetition. If the game (educational application) is fun for the child, it makes them want to play it again and again, even if they do not get all the answers right, or beat the game. They are motivated to try. As they play the game, over and again, they “learn” what did not work the last time they played and they do things differently, effectively learning what works and what does not.
Traditional book/classroom learning works for some people and does not work for others. This has always been true. Some children have to try much harder to get good grades than other children who seem to fly through school with little effort. It is not just a function of intelligence. Children who are into the subject they are learning will be more likely to do better on the classwork, which will lead to that child retaining the information contained in the class and the book and will lead to a better result on tests which will lead to a better grade.
Children who learn visually now have a more even playing field. There are educational applications available now on iTunes, iPad and kindle not to mention the other technological personal devices for a variety of subjects and a variety of different ages.
Would you rather sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher drone on and on about the French Revolution or would you rather click an app on your iPad and have 18th Century France come to life on your device? How much more vested will you be In the subject matter with 1080 pixel graphics, historically accurate animation, dialogue and test questions?
From a psychological point of view, Jean Piaget, the famous French Educational Psychologist held that the key to learning was Constructivist. Constructivism is the learning theory, which encourages children build, or constructs knowledge for them, and takes an active participation in their own education.
With Educational applications, this is made easier, making learning more fun and engaging experience for children.
For children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia among others, educational applications make learning a lot easier, as the subject matter is visually presented with verbal cues rather than just words on a page, and the child can then learn things they were not able to before using more traditional methods.
Reading and History are only two of the subjects available for purchase as applications. Math, science, engineering and foreign languages are also made easier with the help of a mouse click. Rosetta Stone was the famous stone that was carved in Ancient Egypt in 196 BC but was found by French soldiers while building a structure in Egypt in the beginning of the 19th century. The stone was carved in using three different scripts, Hieroglyphics, Demotic and Greek. Jean Francois Champollion, a famous French Archeologist used the Greek on the stone to unlock the other two scripts and was able to then begin to translate writing which had lain dormant for nearly 3,000 years. Rosetta Stone foreign language software is used to help children and adults unlock and begin to speak and understand other languages.
There are so many variables in traditional learning that it can only enhance a child’s learning experience to combine traditional methods with online educational applications for further study, and hours of fun.