Close Up Of A Man Using Mobile Smart Phone On KidsEnglishCollege.Com, we have both electronic and traditional “print-and-write” teaching tools like worksheets, activity sheets and flashcards. We do not promote any particular teaching tools as being superior to another.

We urge parents to understand that there is  no”one size fits all” teaching method or cookie cutter system/tool that works for every single child. Different children respond differently to different methods at different stages in their learning; in fact they may respond differently to different methods at different times of the day!

What would you do if you find yourself in a situation where all you have are traditional worksheets but your child is really eager to learn on a mobile device?

You could get into a shouting match and insist on doing things the old way, or you could take advantage of the child’s eagerness to learn and hack out an easy electronic lesson.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Flatten the worksheet out on a table
  2. Use your mobile device to take a picture of the worksheet with as minimal distortion as possible
  3. Download any free (there are many!) image editor or drawing app that is compatible with your device
  4. Open the image of the worksheet in the freshly downloaded app
  5. Select a pen or handwriting tool
  6. Let your child write his/her answers onto the worksheet image on the mobile device

This method works best with a medium to large screen mobile device like a tablet. It also is ideal for the device to support stylus inputs. However, it can be made to work with any touch screen mobile device that has a camera and is able to download an image editing/drawing  application.

Many educational apps also exist, however parents have to be extra vigilant in letting their children use these apps unsupervised, because:

  1. A large number of these apps have no educational value and should be described as games masked as educational software, instead of educational software
  2. Some of these apps have been specifically designed for kids to easily “accidentally” make in-app purchases
  3. Several of these apps have grammatical errors in them, since many were released without any quality assessments being done

Many low end tablets are very comfortably priced these days, so parents could consider purchasing a low end tablet for their children’s use – strictly for educational purposes. However, parents must set strict rules on what these devices can be used for and what apps can be installed into them- in order not to turn the useful mobile device into a distracting foe.

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3 Comments

Matthew · September 23, 2018 at 12:21 am

Very important topic for parents considering the age we live in. I enjoyed how you showed the advantages that phones and tablets can play with children’s learning. Interesting approach.

Jada · October 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm

You hit it on the nail when you said that if kids are using these mobile devices for educational purposes, then their time of use must be strongly restricted by parents. Kids will find clever ways to look at other apps that are not meant for education or for kids!

Dave · November 1, 2018 at 10:13 pm

It depends on what you are allowing your kids to use the device for. If they are being educated by good-quality apps that teach them a lot of new things and they are staying busy with it, then it is a good thing. But if they are just fooling around with the device then that is no good at all. Playtime on devices should be strongly monitored and restricted by parents.

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