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iStartSmart Tablets Add New Learning Suite For iPad

Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Hatch: The Early Learning Experts has recently launched the newest addition to the iStartSmart Tablets, the iPad Learning Suite. Hatch is said to have broadened the horizons on how children are able to learn in the 21st century classroom.

These are students at Love T. Nolan Elementary School who are using the iStartSmart Tablet in a small group. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
These are students at Love T. Nolan Elementary School who are using the iStartSmart Tablet in a small group. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

The iStartSmart iPad Learning Suite is available in the Apple Store for free and includes all of the popular “Shell Squad Games” that teachers currently utilize in classrooms around the world.

In a previous article entitled “How iStartSmart Tablets Help Child Development,” you were told about the iStartSmart Tablet. This tablet, according to Hatch: The Early Learning Experts, “is the learning tablet that fascinates and engages” and is now a learning system that can be downloaded to a device other than the Hatch Tablets to help more students improve in the classroom.

Teacher assisting a child with the iStartSmart Tablet.  Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Teacher assisting a child with the iStartSmart Tablet.
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Keenya Glover, a parent of a special-needs student in first grade says, “I think it’s a necessity! Due to the technology evolving at a rapid rate, children need to get ahead of the game.” With this program, children are taught the skills needed to prepare them for the next level.  Glover continued by saying, “using digital technology ASAP enhances the brain” so when her son began using the program at age three, she was very encouraged at the rate of his educational advancement.

The iStartSmart iPad Learning Suite still contains the same features as mentioned in my previous article; however, it is reported only available on the “Apple iPad Generation 2 or later.”  This makes it easier on many schools who have already integrated the iPad into their schools to incorporate Hatch Technology.

This is a child holding the iPad on the main student screen. Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
This is a child holding the iPad on the main student screen. Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

Hatch’s article followed up by saying that before the system rewards the child with more advanced activities, it wants to make sure that the skill has been demonstrated correctly. This is what separates the iStartSmart Learning System from other educational applications on digital devices. The program is designed so that “if a child struggles with an activity, the system will automatically intervene to help them move forward, or to refocus them on other skill levels necessary to master increasingly difficult concepts.”

These are the main characters of The Shell Squad Games  Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
These are the main characters of The Shell Squad Games
Photo Credit: Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

 

 

 

Let’s meet the stars of this award-winning educational learning suite: Cami the Cameleon, Henry the Duck, and Platty the Platypus. According to the Hatch website, these characters “guide the child-directed play.” The characters guide the children on many adventures to enhance the typical lesson taught in the classroom. 

Original Infographic created by: Amanda Golden  Information was gathered from research by Hatch: The Early Learning Experts
Original Infographic created by: Amanda Golden
Information was gathered from research by Hatch: The Early Learning Experts

 

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New Media Journalism Toddlers and Tablets

How iStartSmart Tablets Help Child Development

iStartSmart Tablets 

According to Hatch: The Early Learning Experts, the “iStartSmart Mobile is the learning tablets that fascinates and engages” children as they learn throughout the day based on research proven applications and software that monitor the progress as they go. If a student is struggling with a concept, the program allows for the teacher to go in and “refocus” by using the Progress Monitoring Reports incorporated into the system for more efficient learning.

Research shows that the iStartSmart program was created to help aid the key components that “promote positive experiences and school readiness.” Among these components are:

  1. Child Development
  2. Effective Early Childhood Education Practices

  3. Critical Content for School Readiness
  4. Developmentally Appropriate Educational Technology

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One of the most innovative things about the iStartSmart Learning System (app suite and the tablet) “is that teachers can monitor the progress of each student in real time!” The progress monitoring of the iStartSmart System allows for teachers to take “snapshots of a child’s progress throughout the year”, exclaimed Brent. Instead of teachers having to remember which child did what at the end of the day the “unbiased data” from the program is right there to show when needed.

Hatch: Early Learning Experts concluded that, “for technology to be meaningful in early education, it must provide opportunities for children to gain the essential skills that prepare them for school.”

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New Media Journalism Technology Toddlers and Tablets

Children are Obsessed with Technology at an early age Worldwide

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(Not) Playing Well With Others

Going outside for fresh air, making friends, or even talking as a family may be falling behind as a result of early technological use for toddlers. Children are just not as apt to playing well with others when too immersed in technology at an early age.

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True Life: Candy Crush Saga is Addictive

True Life: Candy Crush Saga is Addictive

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The sweetest game to top the charts since Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga is the game most played by millions of people daily.

Children, teens and adults alike, this game has us all screaming for more lives or for certain candies to just go away!

Developed by king.com in 2012, who knew that this strategy game would take over the lives of our citizens? I was one in the beginning who declared “not me, I won’t be caught up in the craze” but look at me now; I can’t go four hours without playing at least for 5 minutes on my Android Device.

My 5 –year- old niece even loves the game! She sat for minutes at a time going from playing with her little cousin to telling him to leave her alone so she can “win some candies and make the little girl [Toffette] smile.”

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The best part about the game is that even at that young age when you can read, but haven’t fully grasped the concept of matching three colors in a vertical or horizontal row, you can still have fun just touching the screen and by chance matching the colors. So it is a win -win game!

Parents can hand the brightly colored candy game to a hyperactive child to quiet them for a moment. Or if the adult needs a break from reality, they too can find themselves locked in a world where crushing candy can help pass time or relieve stress from every day life.

 

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Technology-Infused or Technology-Abused

Technology-Infused Teaching or Technology-Abused Teaching:

A Look at the iPad and Computers Educating Our Children

By: Amanda M. Golden

When it comes to technology we have definitely advanced from the first clunky desktop computer we had. Technology has been on the rise in this century and is not slowing down anytime soon. Companies have upgraded computers, purchased tablets for employees and enrolled them into instructional technology courses. The schools have incorporated it into their daily learning style calling it “Bring your own Technology.” Digital learning is taking over our school systems; on one hand this is good because the older children are gaining valuable life skills to take to the real world, but on the other hand it is stinting the ability of our children to develop proper social skills. Especially in our babies, children as young as 19 months have grasped the concept of swiping a touch screen quicker than learning to walk speak or eat on their own. In daycares across the world teachers are teaching them on tablets and other advanced technology; or are they letting them play on the tablets so that they [the teacher] can rest. According to Hatch Early Learning, “For technology to be meaningful in early education, it must provide opportunities for children to gain the essential skills that prepare them for school.” (Hatch Early Learning , 2013) This is a true statement, however to help children gain these skills needed for school one must interact with the child throughout their exploration of the technology.  One must help them to not only develop physical skills but social and cognitive skills as well.

Many childcare centers and schools are beginning to update the way they teach our children and use this technology infused learning to do it. But without adequate lessons in these “new” technological devices, as the teacher, it is feared that the original lessons they have learned while attaining their teaching degree will disappear as they become more comfortable using technology. The fear is that technology may one day teach our children not the teachers. Therein lies the issue of if the use of the iPad (and other tablets) in the classroom will allow teachers to let children learn entirely on their own as they surf the web on the other side of the room.

Technology can be one of the best ways to teach young minds or it can be one of the worst but it is still up to us. As parents and community members we need to constantly interact with our children AND their tablets. There is nothing we can do about how technology steadily advances but we can steer it in the right direction with our children. As teachers, by not letting the fact that the children know more about the product than we do, we must remember our roots and incorporate it into the way they are learning now. We must use technology, like the iPad, to enhance the education we received to be able to show them how to succeed in the real world!

Hatch Early Learning Center. (2013). iStartSmart Efficacy. Retrieved 07 31, 2013, from Hatch Early Learning : http://hatchearlylearning.com/research/observational-studies/iss-aio-efficacy/

 

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