I’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