Looking for a great laptop for a child in a language immersion school or a dual language learner? I’m talking about some great features in the Lenovo Flex 4. Thanks to Intel for sponsoring this post.
This right here is Kayla’s reaction to hearing that this new Lenovo Flex 4 1480 with an Intel Core i5 processor was JUST for her. Oh and that the flex part was NO joke. Kids are awesome! If you’re like me and you have children around Kayla’s age then finding technology that you can feel good about and suits their tween needs is probably on your to do list this holiday season.
I found myself wanting to give Kayla something more powerful and interactive than the netbooks of Christmas past, but far less expensive than the laptops I work on. A touch screen would be nice too. So many of the educational programs out there are built for touch screens these days. Plus the ability to fold it up and watch a movie on it like a tablet while traveling would be even better, right?
With a powerful Intel Core i5 processor and a 14″ screen the Lenovo Flex 4 is both fast and pretty. While Kayla who is seven was the gift recipient, I know plenty of adults who would be thrilled to receive one as well!
Not only can photos and videos bring memories to life, but it’s also great for allowing Kayla to independently use interactive learning tools to develop her English and Mandarin skills. How kids learn and how schools assign homework is rapidly changing. Technology is playing a larger role and we, as parents have to navigate it and find what works to keep our kids on track.
Kayla attends a Mandarin Immersion school and while some parents are native speakers, many like Craig and I are not. Therefore we rely on technology to help close the gap when it comes to practice at home. Since Kindergarten we’ve utilized things like Voki to practice tonation through reading and speaking passages and Quizlet to share classroom resources.
With me providing just a bit of help in the beginning we found the Flex 4 to be intuitive and easy to use. Now Kayla can turn it on and get right to work all by herself. By adding the educational sites Kayla utilizes to the bookmarks bar in her browser, it became easy for her to navigate without having to worry about her wandering around the web.
Kayla now loves playing games (which are really language arts practice) on sites like Spelling City and creating her own stories on Story Jumper. The touch screen is perfect for many of these and the battery life far supersedes Kayla’s allotted screen time.
Screen time is something that as a parent I am conscious of and balance with more active play time, but I’d much prefer for her to spend her screen time being challenged and creating versus zoning out and passively watching television!
I added a pair of volume limiting Bluetooth headphones from Puro to go along with Kayla’s new 2-in-1. Now she has the ultimate gift to stay on track, keep busy while traveling and feel like one seriously independent big kid while being a dual language learner this holiday season.
Want to learn more about the Lenovo Flex 4? Ours came from Newegg.com where you can check out all the specs on this super cool 2-in-1 and snag one in time for the holidays. It wraps up perfectly to go under the tree and the look on their faces when they open it. Well, that’s priceless!