Written By: Jenne Parks
Publish Date: Sep 22, 2016
From my perspective, before earning a 'gold star' for being, "developmentally appropriate" technology has to hit several marks:
In addition, it is imperative that teachers recognize (and practice) that technology is only effective when teachers mediate its use with the same developmentally appropriate practices they apply to any other type of learning experience (Plowman & Stephen, 2005; 2007).
That said, I continually meet teachers struggling to find a balance between the appropriate integration of technology and a lack of the technology they need in order to reinforce key technical and cognitive skills that children need in order to thrive in the 21st century!
Granted, over the last few years conversations have progressed from why technology in early childhood is valuable (see the below, founded gems provided by various experts), to how many devices every classrooms needs:
Technology is one of many tools young children use to carry out their play ideas, acquire knowledge & skills, and solve problems and teachers who have access to 3-4 devices in one classroom (versus one computer or tablet/iPad) that pack that much punch are able to provide more students with more access and more opportunities to success!
Plowman, L., & Stephen, C. (2005). Children, play, and computers in preschool settings. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(2), 145-157.
Clements, D. H. (2002). Computers in early childhood mathematics. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 3(2), 160-181. doi:10.2304/ciec.2002.3.2.2
Machado, M. (2016). 3 Benefits of Technology in Early Childhood Education. https://www.livetiles.nyc/blog/3-benefits-technology-in-early-childhood-education/