Since the iPad was released, it’s been a premier tool for young children. Thanks to a wealth of preschool apps, durable case options, and familiar interface, it’s been popular for schools and parents alike.
About Making The Grade: Every Saturday, Bradley Chambers publishes a new article about Apple in education. He has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.
In January, I was able to begin testing the ANIMAL ISLAND Aila Sit & Play Virtual Early Preschool Learning System. After putting it through the paces with my kids during quarantine and the hot summer, I am ready to explain the benefits, downfalls, and potential use cases.
While raising three kids in the iPad-age, I have realized they love the engagement that the iPad offers with its touch screen. Instead of having to learn how to use a mouse and keyboard, kids can ‘touch’ what they want on the screen. On the flip side, it can often mean kids don’t learn patience to watch the content that is aimed at helping them learn. Parents who aren’t familiar with the best apps for education can often be overwhelming to know how to use technology to help kids get a head start on learning.
What I like about the product is how it’s parent and kid-proof. It’s a small Android tablet wrapped inside a hardware stand at the core, but it’s not just an app on an Android device. It’s a customized learning platform for kids than can be hands-off for parents. They don’t have to worry kids are getting into anything they shouldn’t, learning how to lock down the device so they can’t break it, etc.