You know the iPad can be a powerful tool to help kids learn and develop skills but you are not seeing the results you would like to see.
I get it!
There are many factors to consider when looking at using technology such as the iPad and Apps to develop skills. And I've created a checklist in the iPads at School course to help you figure out what might be missing or what might need to be changed to ensure there is progress when using powerful devices such as the iPad and Apps.
But here are a few things to consider:
1. Are there too many skills reviewed within the App?
When a child moves from one skill to another quickly they may not be mastering the one skill you want to develop. Consider finding an App that focuses on the skill you want or can be 'customize' to focus on the skills you want.
2. Do they have the feedback they need to develop the skill?
There are times when a child needs to see, hear and interact with the item or object they are learning about many times but if the 'feedback' methods they need is not available they will make limited gains.
3. Do they have too much stimulation?
If the apps offer too much stimulation then the child may focus on this 'fun' interaction or stimulation instead of the learning part of the program. They may even make errors in order to get the stimulation they want... and the power of the program is lost.
4. Is the level of the program right for the child?
If an app is too hard for the child, they will not be able to learn from it and as a result they will become frustrated by the program. You and the child will see limited results and even worse they may start to dislike a 'tool' that could truly support them.
These are just a few things to consider when you are wondering why an App may not be helping a child develop the skills they need. To learn more see the iPads at School Course.