6 Ways Kids Can Use Their Tablet for LearningI’m a big proponent of using technology as an educational tool. And there really is no better way to bring technology and learning together than with a tablet. Whether your kid loves playing games on their iPad or reading books on their Kindle, there’s a way to turn that electronic device into a learning tool.

If you’re wondering how to get your child to use their tablet for learning, you’re in luck! These six simple tips will get your kid learning on their tablet in no time.

6 Ways Your Kids Can Use their Tablet for Learning

1. Install Educational Apps and Games

One of the easiest ways to get your kid learning on their tablet is to make learning fun by installing educational apps and games on their device. There are so many amazing educational apps to choose from, making this tip one of the easiest ways for your child to use their tablet for learning.

Whether you want to help your little one learn the alphabet or want to help your older child learn to code, there’s an educational app available. And the best part about these learning tools is that educational apps and games make learning fun.

Some of these games are so fun, in fact, that your kid probably won’t even realize they’re learning things as they play.

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2. Find Educational Videos

Does your child love watching YouTube videos on their tablet? While there is a ton of kid-friendly content on the video network, not all of it is educational. But in spite of that, there is a ton of great educational content on YouTube. And it’s easy to get your child watching those educational videos.

Encourage your kids to view educational content by finding YouTube channels that focus on learning more than play. Then, subscribe to those channels on your child’s tablet to ensure they see that educational content on their feed each time they log on.

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3. Get Them Reading

While your child may spend most of the time on their tablet playing games and watching videos, it’s also a great way to get your child to read. There are thousands of kid-friendly ebooks available for your kids to enjoy, so it makes perfect sense to take advantage of them.

From chapter books for older readers to picture books for kids just learning to read, there are a variety of amazing book options for your kids to enjoy on their tablets. And in addition to books available to read, your kids can also take advantage of audiobooks on their tablets for even more educational entertainment options.

4. Homework Help

Tablets may be great a great way for your kids to have fun and decompress after a day at school, but they can also be perfect for helping your kids with their homework. In addition to being a great place for your kids to do research for papers and presentations, their tablet is also a wonderful way to expand upon the lessons they learn in the classroom.

From taking virtual field trips to locations they learn about in geography to conducting science experiments based on the things they learn in class, technology is a great way for your kids to learn more about a subject than simply reading their text books.

5. Adapt to Learning Styles

Each child learns differently. And the beauty of using a tablet for learning is that you can adapt your child’s tablet usage to help make learning more accessible to them. A tablet gives you the chance to teach the same subject matter to your child in a variety of different ways.

From educational games to videos geared toward learning, there are so many different ways your child can learn as they’re using their tablet. For example, if your child is a visual learner, guide them toward educational videos instead of audiobooks. Tablets are also wonderful learning tools for children with special needs because you can tailor their learning experience toward their specific needs.

6. Set Boundaries and Limits

In spite of all these amazing ways to learn, technology is best used with boundaries and limitations. Whether you set limits on the amount of non-educational content your kids have access to or simply set a time limit on their screen time each day, giving your children boundaries for their tablet usage is always a good idea.

There are several easy ways to set limits and boundaries on your child’s electronic usage, including:

  • Using the tablet’s parental controls to set specific time limits or usage times for your child
  • Setting aside a certain time of day for tablet usage
  • Setting a certain time of day for your family to unplug from technology
  • Creating a technology-free zone in your home
  • Encouraging other activities after the screen time limit has been reached

With these simple tips, you can easily encourage educational tablet usage in your kids. What are some of your favorite ways to make technology educational in your home?

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15 Comments

  1. Luna S on January 16, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    I love this post! Kids spend way too much time on their tablets playing games and watching videos that don’t help out education wise, so it is always nice finding gams and programs that are educational.

  2. Monica on January 17, 2020 at 3:17 am

    I think screens can be helpful if used the right way. There are a lot of educational apps for kids. My daughter actually loves playing math games from the program she uses at school. But I definitely have to limit my kids’ screen time too.

  3. Diana on January 17, 2020 at 3:23 am

    We definitely plan on getting a tablet for our daughter when she is older. I think it’s extra important for youth to get involved with technology early on as that is the world they will be growing up in. Those who lack knowledge will fall behind, so it’ll give her better job opportunities.

  4. Shayla on January 17, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    We’ve been doing a little bit of 3, using it for reading. There are so many kindle books and they are often more affordable than buying the physical book.

  5. Cyndi Buchanan on January 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    We use our tablet for homework help a lot. Khan Academy has been a life saver now that my daughter is taking algebra.

  6. Kelly| Citytoast2southerntea on January 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I am all about setting boundries and limits. These kids can end up on something they dont understand or too much for them to see.

  7. Maria Yakimchuk on January 17, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    I love this. Everyone always talks about how technology is bad and how to have a tech free home. And while I agree that too much tech is bad, we can’t take it out of our life altogether, nor should we. It’s how the world works now. But it is super important to set limits. Then it can be a healthy relationship. My son has definitely learned a lot of things on his pad. He loves watching educational videos.

  8. Kim S on January 17, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I know from experience how tablet-obsessed kids can get. These are great tips.

  9. Marysa on January 19, 2020 at 2:23 am

    It is good to be able to take advantage of learning opportunities when you can. These are great tips.

  10. Laura le Roux on January 19, 2020 at 4:02 am

    My daughter got a tablet for Christmas from her gran. It is a special kids tablet with educational stuff on.

    We homeschool and we switch up between books and the table.

  11. Rikki Ridgeway on January 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I’m definitely a pro tablet mom. I have time limits set on it so that my daughter has to do certain things before she can have free play on her tablet. It’s helped her so much in school to have some extra practice with learning on the tablet.

  12. Jessa on January 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I totally agree that this can be a great tool for learning! Setting a time limit is helpful in encouraging our kids to have boundaries with technology, but this is the world they’re growing up in! They have to be educated with the technology around them.

  13. Clarice on January 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I totally agree with you. I have always believe that technology is not pure evil. Inside if we know how to use it responsibly, we might be able to find it really beneficial. We usually use it to watch educational videos and since they’re visual learners, they’re able to appreciate it more.

  14. Ala on January 21, 2020 at 9:32 am

    I have to limit screen time for my kids, I found out that this is so distracting, but I love your ideas, maybe it is better to redirect than to quit.

    • Leah Nieman on January 21, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Setting limits is definitely not a bad idea. But yes, redirecting kids and showing them how to use their screen time to do things that are productive things is important.

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