Educational advantageChildren pick up new technologies faster than us adults do, thanks to the way their brains work. It’s amazing to watch a toddler play a sorting game on a touch screen or a pre-schooler learn letters via one and since studies show that physically writing helps you to learn better than typing does, the range of programs that allow you to do just that on the computer might just help your teenager to study more effectively. The touch screen is used more intuitively than a keyboard and shortcuts, allowing the kids to get on with learning and be part of the experience in a more immediate manner. Although the technology behind the touch screen was available much earlier, in the 1970s, most people became aware of it only after the Nintendo DS in 2004 or the first iPhone in 2007 popularised the idea. Since it’s relatively new to many people the benefits of the touch screen PC are only just starting to become fully realised and there’s still much more to be discovered. What is clear is that they’re here to stay and the advantages to the whole family can be huge. Gavin writes regularly about computers for a variety of tech blogs and websites. He uses sites like www.distec.co.uk to keep up to date with the regular changes in the market. In his spare time he plays computer games and goes climbing.