Evannah (5) is using an iPad at her school, Richmond Christian College, in Ballina.
Evannah (5) is using an iPad at her school, Richmond Christian College, in Ballina. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Learning at their own pace

AT times, it is strangely quiet in the kindergarten class at Richmond Christian College at Ballina.

If you peep into the room, you can see the kids with their heads down, clearly engaged in what they're doing.

So what's the secret to keeping a bunch of five-year-olds so well behaved?

It's easy - give each one an iPad.

Richmond Christian College is trialling the iPads with the Kindergarten and Year 1/2 children.

Kindergarten teacher Suzannah Eggington said the young students had embraced the technology quickly.

"It's really good for improving literacy and reading skills," she said.

"We've had our iPads for two weeks now and I've already noticed a difference. It's really amazing and we are so excited.

"It's endless what we'll be able to do."

But Ms Eggington stressed that her students would still use traditional methods of learning.

"We still get out books and pencils," she said.

"The kids are using the iPads to improve literacy and numeracy in conjunction with the usual teaching methods.

"The iPads are just extra.

"It's something the kids are really engaged with and it's motivating and exciting for them.

"All students are at different levels in their learning abilities, so the iPad programs allow them to move ahead at their own pace, instead of being left behind or getting bored.

"This is about reinforcing what we're learning in the classroom in a fun way."

Programs used by the class include Motion Math, which helps with fundamental maths skills.

New research has shown that students who regularly played the game for 20 minutes a day for a week, increased their test scores by an average of 15%.

 

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