There are many different kinds of learners. Each child needs unique tools to help him or her best explore the world! The iPad has proven to be a wonderful tool for elementary aged children precisely because it caters to many different learning styles children possess!
Though no child is only one kind of learner, there are three key styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Does your child prefer pictures over words? He or she might be a visual learner.
Visual learners prefer learning and playing with images. These children translate printed words into pictures to create a visual representation of information in their minds. Providing image-rich and artistic activities is the best way to help visual learners understand and remember new ideas!
Clear and vibrant pictures on the iPad best capture the visual learner’s attention. The iPad offers many apps that give children the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Other apps allow children to doodle and sketch right on their notes, which aids in memorization.
Visual learners would love apps like Stitch, Evernote, and Notability!
Does your child hum or sing throughout the day? He or she might be an auditory learner.
Auditory learners truly enjoy talking and listening, which is why they learn best through sounds – and songs! Audio features on the iPad cater to this learner’s listening abilities.
iPad apps that allow an auditory learner to record their voice while reading aloud or reciting information can be very helpful. Listening to the playback allows children to make sense of what they’ve learned. These learners also respond well to apps with lots of sounds. They connect the sound to a certain task and better remember it.
Auditory learners would love apps like Garageband and AudioBoo!
Does your child like to tap and touch? He or she might be a kinesthetic learner.
Kinesthetic, or sensory, learners benefit from hands-on experiences. Because physical actions trigger their memory, these types of learners absorb knowledge through physical discovery.
Kinesthetic learners benefit from the iPad because they interact directly with the screen. Certain apps require children to hold and change the orientation of the iPad. Interactive and touchable widgets and pop-up features provide children with definitions, fun facts, or images.
Kinesthetic learners would love apps like Clinometer, Evernote Peek, and Geometry Pad!
The iPad is not only groundbreaking in technology, but groundbreaking in education as well. Whether your little ones are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, the iPad presents fun and engaging learning opportunities for them all.
What is your child’s learning style? Let us know how the iPad has helped your little learner!
By Gilmarie Brioso