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09/13/2017

Don't Discount a Tablet as a Learning Device

When parents think about a tablet, the first thought it always towards entertainment, whether it’s watching Netflix, playing a game of fantasy football with colleagues, or checking out the latest sales and coupons. As entertaining as all of these activities are, the device you use for them has much more potential than you may think, especially when it comes to your child’s learning.  The Tutoring Center, Miramar FL has some information below to share about some of the benefits.

Fine Motor Skills

As an adult, you take for granted your ability to easily grasp the milk carton as you take it from the fridge and pour milk over your cereal. However, in reality, there are a number of developed fine motor skills at play which prevent you from dropping the milk or flooding your cereal. Using visual objects of varying sizes, young children can learn to strengthen their fine motor skills. For example, a teaching tool which rewards the child with a visual stimulation each time an object on the screen is pressed could alter the size and position to train a little one precision.

Reading

Yes, we know, that’s what books are for, and it’s a good point. However, the truth of the matter is that children just aren’t as interested in books as you are or once were. However, this shouldn’t be confused with a child’s disinterest in reading. They have simply outgrown the platform. Most, if not all books are now available as a digital download and can be read right from the screen of a tablet device. This platform has many benefits, such as:
  • Students enjoy using a tablet device and are more likely to read using one.
  • Instead of carrying around a heavy or cumbersome book, a student can easily carry around hundreds.
  • The convenient nature of a tablet means a student is more likely to carry it around.
  • Reading apps allow to digital markups and notes to be taken.

Track Their Learning

It can be difficult for a parent to be aware of how they are doing in school or with their subjects until either a letter arrives in the mail or they bring home a report card with lower than expected grades. Learning apps available on a tablet device can not only be used to study, such as flashcards or using games, they can also be used to track and report progress. For example, if your student is off in their room or the backyard studying with a flashcard app, their progress and answers are being recorded. This means that when they finish their session, parents can access this data to find out more about how their child is learning and any challenges they are facing, such as repeated incorrect flashcard responses.

Back to School Tutoring in Miramar FL

While a tablet isn't going to be an appropriate device for every student, they have much more educational value than you may think, such as the points above. If you can see that your child is struggling in their studies and could use a helping hand as the new school year begins, speak with The Tutoring Center, Miramar FL. Call them today at (954) 951-4700 to book your free consultation and to learn more.

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