Everyone thinks I'm a little crazy when I talk about how the new Disney Cars® Appmates will revolutionalize pad learning. They give that patronizing look as I go on to explain how apps can be created that will allow individuals to interact with customized kinesthetic devices to simulate specialized learning environments. Yes, it is a bit geeky but 30 years ago I was getting the same look from people when I described what would eventually become the iPad. Granted, it was not an original idea, i.e, the magic mirror in Snow White and the tricorder in Gene Roddenberry's StarTrek series were the original iPad prototypes. The point I'm trying to make is that elearning should not just be available through a visual mode - in fact, by law, elearning in a public forum must be available to everyone - see section 508 of the American Disabilities Act.
eLearning is about access to learning - all forms of learning. The Disney Appmates® brings a kinesthetic experience to children... I could never get enough track for my Hotwheels but with the Disney Appmates® I won't run out of track! And, I get to do so much more with my Cars®. Check out the video:
I'm not suggesting you run out and buy the toy for your kids... You can actually download the free app and use a paper cut-out car. What I am suggesting is that you also look at a variety of other technology-based learning applications for your children. Legos® are a fantastic example of a technology-based twist on the kinesthetic wooden block. In fact, if you like blocks, you may want to check out LittleBits. This electronic version of the snap-together block allows children (and adults) to explore the world of miniature electronics... Check out the TedTalk on LittleBits:
These devices are the chemistry kits and erector sets of the 21st century. If you want to challenge yourself and your children - encourage them to create the new toys for their generation. Enroll them in online courses in science, technology, and even engineering. Give them the tools to create!