It’s no secret – technology is everywhere we look. It’s not often we can go a day without spotting (or using) iPhones and iPads, television and computers. That includes early childhood education.
Statistics from the ABS show that households with children aged under 15 years have an average of 7 devices they use to access the internet, and that over 79% of children 5 to 8 years access the internet. What’s encouraging is that the top reason for accessing the internet was ‘educational purposes’.
There are apps designed for positive learning outcomes in early childhood education, from learning the alphabet and how to count, to memory games and sight words. Some apps are even doubling as diagnostic tests – Penny the Pirate was designed by optometry specialists OPSM to test children’s vision. Available as an iPad and Android App, as well as a book, Penny the Pirate features three eye screenings, for distance vision, colour vision and depth perception. The tests are seamlessly integrated into the story to assist in picking up on potential vision problems a child might have.
7 apps for learning
For every great app, there’s a bunch of less great ones. Navigating app stores and sorting the productive from the downright pointless can be tricky, so we’ve put together a list to help you facilitate learning and use as an educational resource.
Children can polish their counting skills with three different games, plus the app explores odd and even numbers, identifying patterns and counting by twos.
Australian Kindergarten Sight Words
Children can work on their developing vocabulary and practise English skills using the Australian sight words as their basis.
Draw and Tell
Encourage imagination, story telling and open-ended play with this award-winning App designed for children aged 3-9.
Healthy food meets art – Faces iMake gets children to create faces using foods and objects. Children are also asked to find the words for the objects, offering lots of learning experiences.
Play School Art Maker
Particularly fun for fans of the Play School characters, children can use this App to create stories by moving familiar characters and objects around and recording.
Tell Time – Little Matchups
Find out how to tell the time, learn the difference between am and pm, explore both analogue and digital clocks and more with the app.
Toddler Counting 123
Perfect for early years learning, this App is as simple as can be with no fuss. Children can enjoy customisable play, with 10 object categories and the option to count from smallest to largest and more.
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