Technology in Education: How to Use Smartphones & Tablets to Raise a Genius
Today, you will hardly find anyone who would argue that the Internet is the biggest technological event since the capture of fire (according to a political cyber activist John Perry Barlow). Still, the older generation that witnessed the birth of all-connected world can only imagine what’s it like to live in such environment from the very first days of one’s life. Nowadays, children start to operate mobile gadgets and visit kids learning websites even before being able to walk, and some of them own a smartphone or tablet from as soon as 4,5 years old. No wonder Internet-related technologies affect the relationship between parents and youngsters, children’s upbringing, and, of course, education as the major part of their development.
On the one hand, the most of children’s lives before they come of age is linked to studying – they go to school every day, do homework, and hang out with classmates after classes. On the other hand, kids and teens are literally glued to their mobile devices as they have become for youngsters the main mean of communication. Combined with the galloping technology development, these trends revolutionized education.
From Education 1.0 in the XXth century and over Education 2.0 on the edge of millenniums, we today enter the era of Education 3.0. With the Internet, mobile devices, and countless websites and apps for education, it becomes something we walk around with in our pocket. Ultimately, the most prominent features of Education 3.0 are:
- Internet learning lets you study anything, anywhere or on the go;
- Wide adoption of technology;
- Low costs – there are hundreds of cheap handheld devices and free learning resources;
- Eliminated boundaries between disciplines, institutions, nations;
- Students are partly teachers as the teaching is done teacher to student, student to student, student to teacher.
Parents can – and should! – use opportunities that Education 3.0 provides for their kids’ good. Some characteristics of bright kids are inherent, but some can be learned to turn a smart child into a real genius. In our infographic, we tell you about 10 best ways to use smartphones and tablets in schools and at home to boost your little one’s education. Also, inside you will find the short list of the finest kids learning apps and educational web resources that will help you to raise a genius in our mobile and all-connected era.