To teach our young sidekicks the value of technology I believe it is critical to start with tools that help them learn at an early age.
At our house we have been using our iPad to have our daughter create images on it. She is very curious and I guess that since she sees us touching the screen she is replicating our behavior.
We recently bought an iOs App named Baby Flash Cards that brings up images of an animal and plays a sound when touched.
It helps the child understand at an early age cause and effect. If they touch the screen in one way they hear the sound that animal creates, if they swipe the screen the move to another animal.
I think the Baby Flash Cards App is very simple and easy to use.
However I think the app can be improved with my following suggestions.
By translating the app into multiple languages. Maybe have words of animals appear in other languages also. Or even have the kids click the word and see how the animal’s name is pronounced in each language.
The purpose of the application is for children to identify animals and I am sure it does a great job. For the younger children like my daughter the sounds are so realistic that it might startle them at the beggining. My daughter was scared at most of the sounds and would only tap the screen when the frog was on screen. I think that since she has other toys that sound like frogs and the Coqui’s nightly chant probably made it sound more familiar than the others.
Although my daughter is 10 months old I am trying to integrate her into technology as much as I can. I myself would have loved to have a computer in my house when I was a lot younger but we where not able to afford one. Thankfully my daughter lives in a world where computers will surround her.
Do you have any other cool iPad, iPhone, or mobile apps you would like to share where children can learn?