Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The LeapPad

Please note that this is my response to this blog.

    The LeapPad is my favorite "tech tool" thus far. Essentially, it is the kid-friendly version of the iPad.

    Even the physical design is iPad inspired. The LeapPad's screen is a touchscreen, and it comes with two styluses. The speaker is in the front for easy listening, and the volume controls are located on the side of the device, just like the iPad. A "home" button is located on the front of the device as well, just like the Apple product. A camera is built in and able to record videos or take pictures. This device, like its cousin from Apple, can do it all.

    And that's the point. Kids are in awe over the LeapPad because it mirrors the adult-like Ipad. It's all of the fascination without the worry. As iPads start at $500, parents are leery of loaning the device to their accident-prone child. Because the LeapPad is specifically designed to accommodate to the needs of children, it doesn't break nearly as easy. That being said, the LeapPad starts at $99, so parents can breathe easy if there were to be an accident.

    The best part about the LeapPad, though, is that it's educational. Apps can be bought, and they are often in the form of videogames, but the child is always learning. Children love videogames, but often parents worry if their child's brain is melting away. This tool combines the best of both worlds, and often the kids don't even know it.

    I would love to see this being used in the classroom, as it's relatively inexpensive and designed for educating children. However, if the LeapPad is left at home, that works too- children go home and continue to learn far after the dismissal bell has rung. I look forward to hearing more about this device in the future; it is definitely the best that I've seen.

My rating on this "tech tool": 5/5 (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!)



  1. This sounds like a great idea for kids, especially if the apps are well designed and affordable. Do you know if they are the same ones designed for the iPad?

  2. Actually, the apps are not the same ones designed for the iPad. LeapPad apps tend to be educational games, so they have created their own programs. However, LeapPad apps tend to mirror popular Apple apps. :)