Using iPads in Literacy Development


Jones’ (2012) article iPads and kindergarten – students’ literacy development raises a number of important points in development of literacy in young children. Whilst new technology can provide a medium for literacy development, traditional use of oral language is a key element in development of reading and comprehension. The use of iPads can facilitate this as it enables a complex form of socio-dramatic play which is shown to vastly improve language development (Miller & Almon, 2009 as cited in Jones, 2012).

Children are also increasingly coming to school with a virtual backpack of knowledge and skills in the use of new technology such as iPads and touchscreen devices. Traditional forms of play using new technology and symbolic images, rather than the traditional concrete toys are also becoming increasingly common as children treat symbolic play a screen the same way as manipulation of concrete materials (Verenikina & Herrington, 2008 as cited in Jones, 2009).

Engagement is also a crucial factor as students are able to make connections to familiar situations where they are able to make meaning through the use of familiar technology and content, such as the  idea of Playschool characters in the Playschool Art Maker iPad app.

We will now have a look at the Playschool Art Maker app on the iPad and review a number of other useful apps that can be applied to children’s literacy development. Stay tuned!


Jones, M. (2012). iPads and kindergarten – students’ literacy development, SCAN, 31(4), 31-40