I have a six year old son who started kindergarten this year (this is him playing on my iPad).
I am loving seeing teaching and learning through his eyes. Being a high school teacher, I am a fair way removed from teaching techniques for five and six year olds.
As we have been teaching Ben how to read I occurred to me afresh just how retarded the English language is! Try explaining why one can also be spelt won…my strategy was reduced to just look at it and learn it mate.
That night I came across this video on the TED talks. It is a four minute video demonstrating the new digital books on the iPad and iPhone – it left me AMAZED.
Regardless of what you think of technology education you should take a look at this 4 minute video. I think the functionality and interactivity will impress even the most cynical of teachers.
I have seen some teachers saying that this will be the end of the textbook.
I don’t think this is the case but I do think that this opens the door to a new opportunity for textbooks to become a tool for increasing student motivation and student engagement.
What I would love is for someone to develop a series of books that kids like my son could interact with, I’m sure it would increase his engagement and possibly the speed at which he was able to learn…then again, I’m not so sure that I would ever see my iPad again!
Take a look and let me know what you think