Technology and learning go hand-in-hand and interactive learning empowers children to explore further

Our children inhabit a world filled with the Internet, mobile phones, and other digital interactions.

With recent advances in technology, many new opportunities for interactive learning have opened up.

A recent study conducted by the security firm AVG found that 25% of children age 2-5 can open a web browser and that 44% of 2-3 year olds know how to play at least one computer game.

These facts have encouraged many new ways of teaching and interactive learning. There are numerous preschool websites for this age group, but many of these fail to find the right balance between fun and interactive learning.

Ashley Lazarus, Founder and Creative Director of TJ & Pals, a multi-media “learn as you play” digital preschool website, emphasizes that he is actually less interested in the bells and whistles of technology than he is in assuring that core education is solid.

“It is all about content,” he says, “content, content, content. The new frontier is taking content and turning it into interactive learning.” 

Interactive learning empowers children to explore furtherWhile the phrase “learn as you play,” may sound simple, a great deal of thought and research has to happen before this concept is put into action in a meaningful way. 

A 2010 PC World article said, “An iPad is an ideal kid pacifier.”

The challenge is to find educational apps that do more than pacify kids. Kids need to be engaged in interactive learning.

Since they have an intuitive, instinctive power to learn, the job of parents and teachers is to give kids the confidence to succeed.

Many of the new iPad apps for toddlers and pre-schoolers are simple and intuitive, and these are a great way for children to start learning by doing, with the encouragement of a parent or grandparent, of course.

The most successful marriages of technology and learning for kids happen when children are allowed to discover things on their own.

However, because of the nature of the Internet, this exploration must be tempered with boundaries, as the onslaught of media that children deal with daily means that they get the influences of the outside world uncensored.

Making sure that a preschool website has a feature for parent-controlled access is vital to protect children from external links and web browsing.

A Successful Preschool Website Can Facilitate Connections 

While some worry that technology can isolate people, when used intelligently, it can actually facilitate connections.

Parents and grandparents play important roles in directing children to appropriate material, playing with them online, and instilling confidence by using media for a positive interactive learning experience.

A great preschool website is a forum for instinctive learning and interactive learning in a fun way.

Ashley Lazarus - TJ & PalsAshley Lazarus – As president and creative director of Umachaka Media Inc. Ashley Lazarus has focused his passion on combining his experience in film communication with children’s education.

He has developed an interactive digital world for preschoolers, TJ & Pals, that empowers children to learn as they play.

TJ & Pals covers the internet as well as all mobile platforms making education for young children exciting and instantly available across all platforms. 

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