Deciding to integrate digital media in a child’s education is one of the wisest decisions you could make as a parent. EdTech improves the learning experience for students and teachers in many ways and this improvement would be exponentially greater if the integration began in the child’s early years. Introducing a toddler to EdTech, however, is not as simple a task as it sounds and shouldn’t be compared to introducing the same to older children. Some of these tips should help improve the experience for both you and the child.
1.Model the teaching to fit the child’s age and preference
A lot of research should go into determining the best teaching approach for a child in a specific age bracket. Luckily, there are numerous online resources to help find the best strategies for teaching toddlers. Introducing EdTech at such a young age provides you a rare opportunity to identify preferences in the child. Therefore, if the child grasps videos faster than audio eBooks and such, you can modify the learning to fit the preference.
2. Introduce risks associated with digital devices
As they continue to grow older, they will find themselves becoming increasingly reliant on their devices. That is why it is important to discuss the risks associated with such devices early on. In the most basic way, you should explain that iPads and other devices are vulnerable to hacking. You should continue to discuss various software that limit or eliminate the risk altogether such as antivirus and firewall software. Explain the need to use secure networks, explaining how to use software to protect their identities and safety on the internet. Also, explain to them the importance of notifying you of any unusual behavior on their devices, such as self-booting, shifting of apps, and automatic operation of apps such as the camera and so on.
3. Made the learning experience interactive
Ensure that you take part in the education as much as possible. Play games with the child, watch videos, listen to eBooks and interact throughout the entire process. Unlike older children who can be left to their own devices, you should maintain close monitoring of your toddler’s experience. Discuss things with the child and encourage the formulation of ideas to be applied in real life situations. Such interaction enhances the learning process and challenges the child to improve the scope of the grasp on the course material.
4.Introduce a reward system
The child is likely to grasp more if there is some motivation. The reward system should be simple and achievable, but also well extended. For instance, you can arrange a trip somewhere by the end of the month. This will eliminate the dependence of the child on the reward system while providing sufficient motivation at the same time. Besides, a well-spaced reward system allows you to grade the progress of the child.
Keep in mind that these concepts will be considerably new to the child. As a result, you might have to explain something repeatedly. Patience should be exercised around the child to provide a conducive learning experience. More importantly, you should make the introduction to EdTech fun for both you and the child so that you will not get worn out.
Is it worth it?
We are in the digital age and early digital integration, especially in education, is guaranteed to give your child an edge over others. Stacking the deck high enough as early on as possible is totally worth the expense and time.