A study conducted by UBC found that interactive media can be helpful for young children, but warns not all screen time is created equal. (Reuters)

A study conducted by UBC found that interactive media can be helpful for young children, but warns not all screen time is created equal. (Reuters)

Can Devices Teach as well as Teachers? Researchers found that children can learn just as well from interactive media as from face-to-face instruction

By Michelle Ghoussoub, CBC News Posted: Nov 11, 2016 7:32 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 12, 2016 7:36 AM PT

Maybe, according to a recent reportUBC study finds iPad apps can teach kids just as well as human instructors Researchers found that children can learn just as well from interactive media as from face-to-face instruction

A study conducted at the University of British Columbia found that young children can learn just as well from interactive media as from in-person instruction. Researchers from UBC’s department of psychology compared how well children learn new facts using an iPad app versus being taught by a teacher. They asked two groups of 43 children aged four to eight years old to play a game that quizzed them on different animal facts. One group played on an iPad, while the other was led by an instructor. When the children were later quizzed on their knowledge, the two groups demonstrated the same levels of learning. 

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UBC psychology professor Susan Birch is the senior author of the study, which will be published in the Frontiers of Psychology journal. She said that little research has been done about potential benefits of interactive forms of media. “What’s unique about interactive media is it’s responsive or reactive to the child’s responses, which makes it a bit more similar to social interaction and potentially more engaging for children,” she said. The study may come as a surprise to parents worried their children spend too much time glued to their screens.

Not all screen time is created equal – Didn’t we say that?

 

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