Regular schooling goes some way toward providing your child with an education. But, as most parents know from experience, it’s not a panacea. Even today, many children emerge from government schools unable to read, write or perform basic calculations.
Unfortunately, parents can’t do a great deal to rectify the situation. While they would love to help their kids’ education, they have jobs to go to and other responsibilities.
Because of this, many parents are turning to technology. They are looking for new ways to support their child’s learning and supplement what goes on in mainstream schools.
But what exactly is out there? Let/’s take a look.
Encouraging Formal And Informal Learning
Most kids live two lives. There is their formal life at school where teachers train them to become compliant adults. And there is their informal life at home, where they generally have free rein and can do what they want.
Formal learning works for a few hours of the day. But most kids eventually need to let off steam and just be themselves.
That’s where informal learning is entering the picture. Schools are using technology to implement a less strict version of the classroom via the internet. Children still need to show up to class, but they have more scope for fun compared to being at school.
Online Booster Classes
As mentioned in the introduction, many children leave school not knowing how to read or write. And for parents, this is a worry. What are they spending their time doing?
That’s where online schooling can help. Educators run highly focused and intuitive classes, helping kids catch up with their regular classes. What’s more, the quality of the service tends to be higher because parents are paying for it directly.
Getting children to sit down and read a book is challenging. Most kids don’t want to do it, and they’ll complain if you force them. But if you give them an educational app, they feel much happier about it.
Today, there are all sorts of educational apps that gamify the learning process. Instead of learning in a formal way, kids can learn by doing and enjoy the gameplay at the same time.
Children can find it hard to concentrate in class. But put them in front of some well-made tutorial videos and they can master subjects very quickly indeed.
Already there are thousands of tutorial videos out there on the internet. And they each offer something completely different. Kids learn precisely how to perform mathematical calculations or answer science questions on tests. When you use these services, you often notice that your child’s performance catches up and overtakes their peers. All of a sudden, they gain a real understanding of the subject matter and can apply it in their work.
In summary, technology can help parents better educate their children in many ways. It’s not just a distraction, but a tool for enhancing learning and ensuring they develop as much as possible in their formative years.