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Teacher Helps Pre-Schoolers Navigate Mysteries Using the iPad

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Teacher Frances Judd has taken to designing games to help kids navigate pre-school mysteries on iPads.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports in this week’s Made in Chicago, the apps produced by Mrs. Judd’s Games show early learners how to navigate dual worlds of virtual and physical reality.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

For example, Judd explained, “You know, up is up and down is down, but left is not always left and right is not always right.”

What exactly does that mean? It’s all a matter of perception versus logic.

“You just asked me that question while holding out your right hand to me, but me looking at you across the table, it looked like it was on your left side, and a child of age 4 or 5, is what’s called perception-bound,” she said. “They are bound by their perceptions, not years and years of logic.”

Another one of Mrs. Judd’s games is already ready in virtual reality. In Snowflake Station, kids cut out snowflakes in pixel form, in preparation for the real world of construction paper and blunt scissors.

But Judd doesn’t want kids to get hooked on the iPad.

“Hopefully, the number of hours in a day off of an iPad is more than the hours in a day on an iPad,” she said.

Judd is a teacher at the private Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave.

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