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Preschoolers Outsmarting College Students

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A recent study unveils preschoolers might be able to figure out technological gadgets better than college students.

Researchers at UC Berkeley used 100+ preschool kids and 170 college students in the study. The preschoolers were able to figure out the gadget much faster than their older counterparts.

Remember the show, are you smarter than a fifth grader?

Nowadays we might be asking ourselves if we are smarter than preschoolers, at least when it comes to gadgets.

"Everywhere you go you see them on an i–pad, or an i–phone," explains Immanuel Lutheran School Michelle Jund.

Immanuel Lutheran students are back from spring break and in the classroom. When asked about the study, Principal Michelle Jund wasn't surprised at how tech savvy these preschoolers really are.

Jund adds, "they love them, they're so many different apps they can choose from. They love to be able to get on the i–pads and pick their different apps."

At the 3 and 4 year old level, the school works with the youngsters on letter identification and sounds, plus shapes and colors.

"A lot of great ways to have that hands on experiences with them, being able to listen to it, as well as to trace it and use those tactile skills as well."

But this doesn't mean the teacher is left out of the learning process.

"She will have them at the center, so depending upon they're working on a certain letter or shape, she will find apps that coordinate with the concept in the classroom."

Combining technology with a traditional classroom setting.

Recent fundraisers helped Immanuel to get the technology for the school.


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