|Learning with Technology|
Technology for young children tends to be a controversial subject. We all know parents who don’t allow any "screen time" for their children, those who ration out television or computer privileges like candy, or others who will allow their child to watch only certain educational programs. Certainly, overexposure to anything can have a negative affect on your preschooler, but the truth is that technology can be a useful tool in helping our children to learn. Not only this, but it will be essential for them to know how to use certain technologies in school and in their adult lives. |
Educators know that a child’s background knowledge and ability to make connections to their reading helps in building comprehension. As parents, we can use technology to build our child’s background knowledge and to help them in making connections. We may not be able to take our child into the jungle to show them what a real sloth looks like, but we can pull one up on the internet in an instant. Additionally, a favorite story character doesn’t have to stay on the page in a book. Many popular books can be found on the internet, in video, or on television to make that character come to life and give your child just one more way to connect with reading.
There is a wealth of technology available to build literacy skills and support early learning. The key is to remember that most learning during the preschool years happens through interactions with an adult. Technology can be an excellent tool for learning, but children will gain the most if we use technology in a way that enables interaction to facilitate learning.
Below you will find what some "experts" have to say about children and technology.
In Praise of TV, from Parenting Magazine
A humorous, but realistic view of television
Young Children and Technology, by Douglas Clements
Topics include how technology can be developmentally appropriate for young children, can enhance mobility, sense of control, self-esteem, and can be a catalyst for social interaction.
Children and Media: TV & Kids Under 3, from PBS
Answers to frequently asked questions about children and media
5 Effective Ways for Young Children to Use Technology, from Early Connections: Technology in Early Childhood Education