Education, teaching, learning and Pedagogy in the 21st Century is ever changing. Cyprus belongs to a global community and as Cypriots we need to develop our children so that they are equipped with the skills, knowledge, creativity and digital competencies to be able to survive in this world of change. The foundation for this change is to begin early, equipping children with the tools they need regardless of their learning and living differences. The key is to differentiate our instruction and use the most appropriate digital devices that will enable us to cater for all children including those children with special needs the Gifted and Talented. Using tablets and iPads from Kindergarten to Early Years becomes a vital part of our instruction.
Mobile Tech devices such as tablets and iPads were initially developed and used for children in the US with special educational needs. After their successful implementation they were fully integrated into education, and have become the most valuable and accessible digital devices in any educational setting in the classroom and beyond. Ipad is the only device that is fully accessible for special educational needs, including visually impaired as well as changes afoot for those with hearing impairment.
Tablets and iPads make learning more personalized and focused for each child. For example, we all learn differently and with a few taps here and there each child can have a customizable iPad with material, apps and personalized learning tools to meet their needs, regardless of their learning and living differences. 3D and 4D immersive books and videos that bring learning to life. Augmented Reality which empowers the child to see beyond what their imagination may conjure. Tactile interaction where a child can have a learning relationship between their own thinking brain and the digital brain – the iPad. It’s an inclusive, differentiated tool that will surpass all other digital devices and empower our children to be equipped with learning skills and knowledge that will help them be ready for any future global educational change.