Technology in the classroom is a widely debated topic. Some feel that technology has no place in the classroom while others believe it can be a useful tool in supporting children’s learning. When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. The important thing to remember is that it needs to be intentional and appropriate. This means that educators need to plan for using technology and work with children as they interact with technology and media.
The activities should have a purpose and be mindful rather than mindless. Educators should never just allow children to surf the internet aimlessly or play games. Instead, they should incorporate technology into lesson plans with intentionality.
Teachers can choose to use videos in the classroom to enhance an idea the children are currently learning about. Using apps like Brain Pop and Go Noodle will get kids moving in a meaningful way.
There are many benefits to incorporating technology into the early childhood classroom.
- Interaction with technology supports the development of children's fine motor skills. Pressing buttons and letters, and dragging and swiping items on a tablet help to improve their precision and dexterity.
- Technology is embedded in every aspect of our world. It is important to equip children with the functional skills and confidence to navigate various types of media.
- Technology can also provide young children with many opportunities to problem-solve. Through troubleshooting, children experience frustration, make mistakes and celebrate persistence and success.
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