The advent of the personal computer in the early 1980s had a tremendous impact on all aspects of society. In the matter of a decade, companies like Microsoft and Apple went from a few hobbyists in garages to billion dollar business. Aside from the inroads into businesses and government sectors, one area that experienced tremendous growth for these companies was in the education sector. Apple, in particular, quickly found its way into secondary schools across the United States. Many children’s first encounter with a computer was in a school lab on an Apple II, Apple IIe, or MacIntosh. Computer programs like Oregon Trail, and Mavis Beacon typing were mainstays that proved not only educational, but also fun!
Fast forward to 2013 and you’ll see a new technological innovation sweeping the educational landscape. The tablet. These new personal computing devices herald a new era, one dubbed the “Post PC era”. Wander into a school or stop and watch a toddler or child today and you’ll notice they have no use for a laptop or desktop. Instead, their first interaction with technology is a smartphone or tablet. The reason for this seismic shift is simple. Ease of use. Today’s top tablets for kids are equal parts durable, engaging, dead simple to use, and lots of fun. The simplicity of the form factor is the top reason tablets are so great for kids. On most, there are only one or two buttons and the rest is a touchable interface that is extremely intuitive. No need for a confusing keyboard or mouse that makes a traditional PC clunky to use. Instead, simply touch the screen and your command is instantly recognized. Additionally, development of apps (apps are simply applications or programs) are fairly easy to create and an entire industry of developers have sprung up around the various competing platforms of iOS, Android, and Windows.
Additionally, the versatility of a tablet screen makes the apps that can be developed far more interesting than a traditional PC. It could be an interactive book, that incorporates video or decisions from a child to continue the story, or a more traditional game that encourages language development or math and science skills. While these aims can be accomplished on a PC, the portable nature of a tablet makes them much more versatile. An interactive bed time story app is great on a tablet, not so much on a desktop.
If you’re planning on purchasing technology for your child for both education and pleasure, look no further than the great tablets available for kids!