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iPads boost kindergarten literacy rates

A study conducted by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) demonstrates an improvement in the literacy of kindergarten improved with the use of iPads.

The research entailed providing iPads for three Brisbane kindergartens; the Caboolture East, Bracken Ridge and Sunnybank community kindergartens.

Sponsored by the Ian Potter Foundation, QUT and supported by The Gowrie Queensland, the study also helped children to learn to use iPads with the help of their parents.

Children and Youth Research Centre deputy director Dr Michael Dezuanni said that the study aim to find uses for the iPads in promoting literacy and art education, saying that even very young children have been using tablets at home to play games, for entertainment and learning.

Ten News reported that the kids at Sunny Bank Kindergarten used the iPads for a number of purposes such as taking photos, drawing, and recording their voices.

“We are particularly interested in how young children can use apps to create stories by taking digital photographs, drawing and recording their voices,” Dezuanni said.

According to Robyn Lane of the Sunnybank Community Kindergarten, use of the iPad is the way of the future, saying it is how the children will work, do their schoolwork and how they will communicate to the world.

The QUT research group would also be running workshops for parents in the kindergarten to enable parents to learn the use of tablets with their children at home.

Dezuanni said that they wanted parents to learn the art of reading and storytelling with the use of iPads.

Katherine Bruback, one of the mothers at Sunnybank Community Kindergarten said that the study is a great opportunity for her child to use the tablet in a controlled environment as they don’t own a tablet at home. Families who have no access to iPads are allowed to borrow one for a week as soon as they have completed the workshops.



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