iPad for Kids: Using the iPad to Play and Learn

iPad for Kids: Using the iPad to Play and Learn

Brian Proffitt

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1435460537

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With the right applications, the iPad and iPad 2 can become more than just devices for watching videos, listening to music, and reading electronic books. Your iPad can be a device that's used for teaching and imparting knowledge to children in nearly any environment. This ability to teach anywhere opens up a wide range of knowledge for children. The iPad has apps that are specifically designed to build skills in reading, math, and writing. How many apps? Thousands. Some are good, some are not so good; this book sorts through the clutter and tells you about all of the best educational apps that are available. Many of the apps featured in this book are free, some cost no more than $10, and many are somewhere in between. IPAD FOR KIDS is for all of you who want to get started using the iPad as a teaching tool for your kids. Think of this book as a personal tutorial, a one-on-one class with an expert user of the iPad. You get to stay in the comfort of your own home or school and learn how to familiarize yourself with the iPad controls and interfaces, connect to the Internet with the iPad using WiFi or a cellular connection, add apps and multimedia content to your iPad, print documents from the iPad, teach kids from toddler-age to fourth grade how to read--and then read better, explore and practice mathematic concepts, discover the world of art and music., and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for advanced school work. Written by technology expert, educator, and parent Brian Proffitt, this book will help you discover and configure the best educational iPad apps for your child. From toddler to tween, you'll find the perfect app for every child in your life in minutes!

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storage on the iPad’s “clipboard,” which is a temporary storage area for text and objects that have been cut or copied. If you tap Copy, the word will be stored on the clipboard, but not removed from the document. 30 Chapter 2 Second Step: Interfacing with the iPad Long-press the location in the document you want the cut or copied word to appear. The Edit menu will appear again. Tap Paste, and the cut or copied term will appear where you want it. ✺ ✺ NOTE Clipboard Functionality Text or

Third Step: Connecting with the iPad. . . . . . . . . 41 Connecting to iTunes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Using the WiFi Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Using the 3G Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Troubleshooting Connectivity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 v iPad for Kids vi Chapter 4 Fourth Step: Using the iPad Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

languages. As parents, we see this every single day. But they can’t do it on their own, nor should they. We, as adults, have a key role in early speech development. This is why interacting with our children and having them watch us interact with others is so important. This is true of both verbal and written language. It’s not about sitting down with them and practicing reading and writing (though that helps): parents have to convey to their child that such activities can be fun. Skills are all

for Kids ✺ ION Safety Always First CAUT Even though the iPad and the iPad 2 each weigh less than two pounds, there’s still the issue that these devices are essentially hard pieces of metal and glass. Because of this, here are some important precautions to take: ✺ Always supervise the use of the iPad by a small child. ✺ Set the child on the floor when she plays with the device. ✺ If you don’t have a case for the iPad, get one and use it. A soft case will blunt the hard edges. ✺ Do not allow

screen that match the number shown. Tapping any fish egg lets the player hear a sequential count as the eggs crack open and a fry swims out (see Figure 10.3). 174 Chapter 10 Apps for Pre-Kindergarten Figure 10.3 Fish School in 123 mode. In Play mode, a whole ecosystem of fish swim around the screen to a classical rendition of “The Alphabet Song.” Tap a fish to have it swim faster across the screen. Tap and drag a fish to move it onscreen. Tap and hold any fish to have it grow to rather

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