Adaptive Learning App for Preschool Education
Adaptive learning uses computers to teach interactively. The materials are revised by the computer based on the responses of the user. This type of learning is based on educational, psychological, and technological research. Leo’s Pad uses adaptive learning to keep your children challenged and coming back for more!
*Disclosure: I received this app for free for review purposes and was compensated for my time. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.*
Leo’s Pad is a fun and interactive educational app geared toward preschoolers. It uses adaptive learning technology to personalize the game for the selected player. This made it perfect for Mr. T and Mr. F. They both enjoy it so much, we had to put it on both iPads. The free companion app, Learner Mosaic, for parents uses information from Leo’s Pad to help you enrich your child’s educational experience and identify areas of strength and weakness. It also uses your observations to offer tips and advice on things you can do to help your child. For mom’s of varying aged children, this is really helpful. Sometimes the younger students may have struggles we don’t see because of focusing on the older students more during “school” time.
The Young Preschooler and Leo’s Pad
Mr. F has become an iPad aficionado. Leo’s Pad is by far his favorite game right now! He began by watching big brother play and has now mastered his own player settings. During set up for each player it asks for the child’s birthday. This gives the adaptive technology a good base point from which to begin. The activities are scaled up or down depending on the age, and again as the child plays over and over the computer continues to increase or decrease the challenges according to the players response. This means that on Mr. F’s side, the challenge level is set for a 2.5 year old at the beginning, and as he plays, it adjusts to his skill level.
*Download your free 1st chapter of Leo’s Pad, and when you purchase on the Kidaptive site, use the code IHOMESCHOOL for 20% off!*
Leo’s Pad Enrichment Progam
Mr. T has loved Leo’s Pad since we first downloaded it. He enjoys the stories, the incredible animation, all the fun features (like the fish faces you see above), and that the games are not always the same. The game works on problem solving, listening and following multi-step instructions, social interactions, and learning through exploration and asking questions. I have noticed Mr. T asking more in-depth questions about lots of our stories and activities since he began using Leo’s Pad. It’s awesome to see how much impact learning through stories has on young minds.
What I Love about Leo’s Pad
- The characters. Leo (daVinci), Gally (Galileo), and Marie (Curie) are all familiar scientific minds to the adults and it makes a great lead in to introduce your child to these incredible people.
- The animation. With so many apps for Apraxia, we have seen (and dumped) a lot of apps for poor sound or animation that just won’t hold the boys attention. The graphics in Leo’s Pad are far above the norm and are extremely engaging. The colors are all very vibrant and everything runs very smoothly. I just wish we could have a Cinder.
- The stories. The different chapters all have a central storyline and the games and activities revolve around it. Chapter 1 (which you can download and try for free!) appisode is Gally’s Birthday and it is so much fun! It has also helped to inspire a bit more generosity on Mr. T’s part. It’s nice to have real life situations mixed in to the fun fantasy worlds.
- The adaptation to each individual child. Mr. F likes to attempt most of the apps Mr. T plays, but many end with frustration and I can’t just tell him not to play those because he doesn’t understand. Leo’s Pad makes the game fun for him, too.
Don’t forget to download your free 1st chapter of Leo’s Pad, and if you purchase on the Kidaptive site, use the code IHOMESCHOOL for 20% off!