Why not just use apps or online games to practise reading/phonics skills at home?
It is true that there are some excellent apps and online games which do enhance children’s reading and phonics skills. Furthermore children are excited and eager to use/play them. However, ICT modes of learning are just one way. They are a great source of learning, but ideally should form part of a child’s learning diet, rather than be the only or main part.
In school, children learn in a variety of ways (and modes) to keep learning fun, fresh and interactive (they discuss, observe, play games, engage in interactive activities, use ICT, and perform pencil/paper tasks etc). Primarily however, children learn most effectively with key adult involvement, interactive dialogue and social interaction. This is why in school, a computer can never be a desirable substitute for the class teacher. In the same vein, children at home learn best from an adult mediated (namely the parent), multi-sensory learning environment.
It is also fair to say that in today’s modern world, our children are already using ICT for entertainment and learning purposes – Online iPad games, PS4, Xbox etc. HSC is therefore offering an alternative learning mode for our young learners – an opportunity for dialogue, learning with ‘real’ (touchable) materials and with social interaction.