Study finds that apps can teach children as well as teachers can

The Daily Mail is reporting that a recent study has found that iPad apps and technology can teach children just as well as teachers can.

Sometimes it’s impossible to tear children away from their iPad. But a new study suggests that children’s screen time can actually be used for good.

Researchers have found that children learn just as much from interactive media, such as iPad or smartphone apps, as they do from human face-to-face interaction.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) compared how well children learnt from an iPad app to how well they learnt speaking in-person with an instructor.

They found no statistical difference in the amount that children learnt from each source. ‘Parents currently have a fairly negative view of interactive media,’ said senior author Susan Birch, a UBC psychology professor.

‘What our research tells us is that, while interactive media can never replace face-to-face interaction, parents might not recognise the potential role that it can play in education and learning.’

More at: Rise of the robot teachers: iPad apps can teach children as well as humans, says study

Do you agree that apps can supplement teaching children? Or is there no statistical difference found in this report because teachers have already taught the relevant subject so well? 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena

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