With thousands of iPads being used in classrooms (from as early as pre-primary school) across South Africa, I’m not sure we have much of a choice other than to welcome and accept that this kind of tech learning is the now, and when used properly, is a massive accelerator of education, and a brilliant tool at that.
And while it seems that kids today are almost born tech savvy and with an innate ability to download, swipe and even programme, I’ve heard from moms who panic that they’re the “opposite of techie” and are worried that they won’t be able to keep up. I totally get that – even as a tech mom, I worry about content and safety settings, and many times I’ve asked my four-year-old how to work some of his apps when I’ve been stumped (true story – promise).
iParent is a site that gives free information about iPads in education, and how to help and support your child. It starts at the basics – from setting up a profile for your child and how to set safety and restriction controls.
iParent also has app recommendations, and links to curriculum-approved textbooks for downloading, as well as matric past exam papers and study guides for revision.
Good to know!
iStore is offering free workshops at iStores around the country for parents. You can ask questions, plus learn how to set up your child’s iPad, manage parental controls and help to support your child’s iPad education.
Workshops run every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 11am, and you can book online here.
PS: I went to a workshop this week and learnt lots of new tricks – I’ll blog about them next week.