When Four Year Olds Own Tablets: Technological Innovation in Education

Let me be frank: education is being disrupted by technology. Students can access textbooks online, tablets and laptops are being used to take notes at higher levels than pen and paper, and students submit exams, essays, and assignments online via web portals. Education is increasingly getting more mobile, and this is especially true with kids. LeapFrog is a company devoted to aiding in childhood development and education with toys, games, and tablets. Yes, tablets. LeapFrog has a number of tablets for babies to toddlers to elementary aged kids, as well as interactive games which fosters learning in a fun way.

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The LeapFrog tablet is all about learning outside the classroom- or, in the case of many children, learning before one is old enough to go to school. Continued education outside the classroom is a big concern for parents. When I was growing up, we had a DVD player in the car, and my brothers and I would watch videos about math, english, or history on our way to school or on a car trip. The catch: they were funny rap videos, so the math songs would get stuck in our heads, and we enjoyed watching them. Little did we realize that we were actually learning while being entertained.

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Underneath each game in the LeapFrog App Center on their website, there is a description of the skills the child will learn, which means the parent is able to buy a number of different game for their child in a variety of subjects.

Although the idea of outside learning isn’t new, LeapFrog saw the changing environment of education and followed suit. Instead of a mom giving her child her iPhone to play with while waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in the car on a car trip, the child now has his own tablet specifically designed for him. What’s really cool is that LeapFrog grows as the child grows. A two year old will play a different game on his LeapFrog tablet than a five year old will. What’s more, the games for the LeapFrog feature characters that kids watch on TV or see in movies. In this way, it doesn’t even feel like learning: a child can go from watching an episode of Jake and the Never Land of Pirates to helping Jake and the other characters on a “magical mathematical adventure” on the LeapFrog tablet without skipping a beat.

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You might be thinking, “well, there are apps in Apple’s App store for kids. Why do they need their own tablet?” The LeapFrog is created specifically for kids, meaning it’s drop-tested and durable. You wouldn’t want your personal iPad to slip out of your child’s hand and break, would you? With the unique innovation of the LeapFrog, your child doesn’t have to worry about being extra-careful while she has fun learning in the digital age.

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