Mathematics for children, English and communication skills are benefited by children if they use schoolbooks regularly. This is one of the findings of a study of this type conducted in Northern Ireland.
The study, Mobile Devices in Early Learning, was conducted for two years and included 650 students in five Belfast primary schools and five kindergartens.
The schools where the study was conducted were in some of the city’s most backward areas. They completed the iPad for kindergartens, first grade, second grade, and third grade.
Stranmillis University College researchers subsequently assisted them to use their students, parents, directors, and teachers for two years.
Other facts that the study brings are:
The introduction of digital technology has had a positive impact on the development of literacy and numeracy in children. Unlike expectations, directors and teachers reported that tablet use in the classroom has increased children’s communication skills.
The children seeing the device as a game were more motivated, more enthusiastic and more versatile. The boys were the most enthusiastic about using digital technology, especially in writing. Tablets help young children to be more motivated and more versatile in class, says Colette Gray, one of the study’s authors.