Oct. 27, 2020
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The use of technology in the early childhood classroom has been a conversation of debate for many years. Parents and teachers alike have concerns regarding screen time and the appropriateness of using technology with our youngest learners. However, now more than ever technology can support families and teachers during this unique school year.
Many programs across the United States have provided families with a choice of virtual learning, hybrid, or direct instruction. With such a variety of learning environments it is key for teachers and families to have a resource that builds a bridge between home and school.
We know that technology can play a positive role in a child’s development however not all technology is created equally. The Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology provides us with four guiding principles when using technology with young learners.
Today’s children are digital natives, they were born into a tech savvy world and have become accustomed to using technology in their daily lives. However, as parents and educators it is up to us to ensure the technology our children are using is developmentally appropriate and supports each child.
When technology is used in conjunction with hands-on activities it can enhance learning, support instruction, and can be a valuable tool in the both the home and the classroom.
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