Tablet with a well-chosen app can turn out to be an excellent educational tool for holidays that’ll fit easily into even the smallest suitcase. At the same time, it’ll help a child with special needs to get used to new situations, and will be an all-in-one substitute for other learning aids.
There’s some controversy over whether you should bring electronic devices with you on holidays. After all, relaxation among nature and getting away from everyday hassle is the whole point of going on vacation.
What is it about electronic devices that worries us?
We’re worried that our children, instead of experiencing the surroundings, will isolate themselves and keep using the tablet. However, remember that the time you dedicate to learning together can only bring more good than harm, since you’ll be able to maintain the continuity of your child’s education, and that games and apps can become yet another meaningful way to spend your free time.
We learn all the time, in all circumstances. We act holistically, following the notion that education is a continuous process that accompanies us in different forms and situations, including holidays. It’s always worth thinking about how the skills your child learns through an app will impact their real life. You can actively aid this process by modifying the starting conditions, that is, lengthening or shortening the time spent on working with an app or opting out of playing on a tablet in favor of real-life games that could prove to be even more attractive for your child during holidays.
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How to use the app during holidays?
Since choosing a good app can be difficult, we give you advice on how to test educational games for children. Perhaps our tips will help you decide whether to take educational devices with you on holidays. Thanks to appropriately selected educational apps, a tablet can support social development of your child by creating a safe space for learning. That’s why it’s important that you know the elements that appear in this space and are able to control them. Before you decide to use apps and games, try them out yourself. Here are some things that you should pay attention to:
- adjusted graphics: the app should be free of brightly-colored elements; graphics should be clear, but should not overstimulate the user;
- gentle and well thought-out interactions;
- clear hints and voice prompts that follow the “one thing at a time” rule;
- soft sounds: no background sound effects, music, or other “attractive” rings, beeps, etc.
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Before you choose an app, ask yourself when you’re going to use it: during a long car ride or during relaxation time? It’s worth thinking what the goal of the app is: is it supposed to aid your child’s education, provide a way to spend time TOGETHER, or help you get some time for yourself? Remember: don’t treat a tablet as a way to silence your child. We’ve covered the dangers related to such an approach in this post (“Why give your child a tablet?”).
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