Research conducted by Sheffield’s two universities has shown that iPads and other tablets can help children to develop reading skills from a very early age.
If you ever get the chance to watch an infant upwards of 18 months who is given free run with a tablet or smartphone and see how they use and manage it, you will quickly realise that these devices are enabling something different to occur in relation to learning. The dexterity with which decisions are made appear to be quite different from what are held as traditional pursuits such as puzzles, matching, language interactions and the like. It should not surprise therefore that this might also apply to reading where "normal" pre-cursors to reading such as repetition, rhythym, intonation, self control etc which is normally reliant on an adult or older siblings intervention can now be enabled by a familiar device which also enables inbuilt reward and gratification across a number of activities. This could be another "watch this spot" piece of research.
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