Is the use of technology by young children a developmentally appropriate practice?
This blog article discusses how appropriate it is for young children to use technology in early childhood settings. It's interesting because it highlights some statements from the NAEYC's position statements, which discuss how best practices and how developmentally appropriate practices require young children to actively explore the environment, to be engaged in meaningful relationships with others and to learn from hands on, active experiences. Do children Learn like this while using technology? I believe that there are pros and cons to children using technology in early childhood and in school. Many teaching and learning strategies involving tech tools may fit into the NAEYC's description of developmentally appropriate practices, but way too often we see early childhood classrooms where children are staring at a screen or projection of giant colorful flash cards, being asked to passively repeat vocabulary words or the like. How may we involve technology in our early childhood classrooms making sure that children are offered engaging andmeaningful experiences? Here are two very good articles discussing these and other ideas, so check them out! http://spotlight.macfound.org/featured-stories/entry/learning-digital-media-and-creative-play-in-early-childhood/ ........ http://spotlight.macfound.org/blog/entry/digital-media-in-early-childhood-not-without-trained-teachers-and-guidance-/#When:22:51:00Z Please share your ideas on the subject, it would be great to create a list of dev appropriate learning engagements involvingn technology that we may use as reference while planning for our children's learning!