Children are generally very impres-sionable. They absorb information like a sponge, but unlike a sponge, they store information and use it when you least expect. As a parent, it is your responsibility, before a teacher even gets into the picture and well into when a teacher gets into the picture, to control what your children come across, essentially what they are exposed to, especially in these times of super fast technology.
Bright light and fast moving shiny objects catch a child’s eye from as early as age one. Mobile devices; smart phones, tablets and laptops are the major pull at this stage and to an extent, it could be a herculean task to pull them away. The solution might just be to download applications that will help build them academically. In this piece, Glam Tech has compiled apps that are safe and educative that can keep your children busy, learning and having fun.
Duolingo is a learning app for children when it comes to learning a new language. It supports a variety of languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, as well as English. It is completely free to download and use. There are no hidden fees and the in-app purchases are entirely optional. The developers boast that 34 hours on this app is equal to a semester at a university. Duolingo is credited with being an effective and fun app. This can also be used by adults who would like to learn a new language.
Pocket Code Coding is what makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and websites as a whole, are all made with code. Hence, Pocket Code is an app that helps teach children how to code. It shows young ones how to programme, how programming works, and some basic programming logic. The app employs a visual learning style so children can drag and drop and see what they are doing. The app is made by a non-profit organisation and is free to download.
Adults who want to learn the rudiments of coding can equally download this app Dexteria Dots 2 To improve your child’s practice of math and improve fine motor skills, Dexteria Dots 2 is the app to get. Each dot represents a number and players must combine and divide them to solve each problem. The simple to use app features bright colours and goofy animations that adults too can enjoy. Thinking Blocks Multiplication This is an app that helps your child use number blocks to solve multiplication word problems, a strategy supported by Common Core standards. The aim is to help children better visualise word problems. It is, however, free on iPad only. Class Dojo Using this app, parents, students and teachers can all interact with one another. Teachers can communicate with children about their educational needs, parents can stay up to date on their child’s education, and students can get the attention they need in order to get a better education. Unlike many, this app doesn’t replace the classroom experience but acts more as a positive reinforcement and communication tool to help keep everyone on the same page.
Vocabulary Spelling City With this app, children can choose between different categories such as sound-a-likes and compound words. Then he or she picks what they would like to do with the list. They could unscramble letters, take a spelling test, put the words in alphabetical order, or use them in a game. This app is free on iTunes and Google Play. Google Classroom Google Classroom is another virtual classroom environment. Like Class Dojo, it lets parents, kids, and teachers interact with one another. Students can interact with other students, upload files, as well as submit assignments. It connects to Google’s Classroom web platform. However, like every other virtual classroom, one would need to find teachers on the platform to use this app. Elmo Loves 123s Meant for ages five and under, this app helps your child identify and count numbers from 1 to 20, do simple addition and subtraction, and trace numbers that also open surprises, such as Sesame Street videos, puzzles, and colouring pages.