5 May · Tim Carter · No Comments

The integration of technology in childhood education is very important and is steadily gaining traction in education systems worldwide. Researchers have shown that technology has many potential benefits for young children if it is used appropriately. Technology can often support a child’s cognitive as well as emotional development. It can foster the development of co-operative and social skills. Technology can also help in the emergence of mathematical thinking, early literacy and logical reasoning. Moreover, it may be a potential tool to leveling the playing field for special needs children. Evidently, both parents and teachers can use technology effectively to enrich their children’s learning environment. Herein are some of the ways they can put gadgets and devices to best use.

1. Child playtime.

Play is a very important aspect of preschool and daycare education and is part of the learning process. It is also a vital factor in a child’s emotional, social and motor development. There are many ways that technology can be incorporated into a child’s playtime. One of the best ways is through interactive role playing. Interactive role playing involves learning more about devices and gadgets through their use. For instance parents can encourage imaginary role-play about being in an office. An operational computer, printer and photocopy machine can be availed to the children in order for them to learn the mechanisms of these machines by operating them in the hypothetical setting. This can be done using any available gadgets. The aim here is for children to learn creative and ways to use such items. This can foster innovation and the art of improvising.

2. Supporting Language Development.

Technology has a role to play in a child’s literacy development. For instance voice word processors can be used to aid young children’s’ experimentation as they fiddle around with language. The word processors also allow children to compose and document thoughts and ideas without having yet learned writing by hand. The use of computers at home and in school can help children acquire literacy skills faster since they provide an opportunity to use language. This can be done by encouraging children to print documents, signs, props or banners. The decisions involved in creating these items improve thinking skills while the additional print around them improves reading skills. Parents can also use this strategy where they help their children add captions to digital photographs to improve their oral language skills.

3. Computer games.

The use of video games while certainly controversial is definitely beneficial to certain aspects of child education. However, video games that are beneficial to childhood education must have certain qualities. The games should allow children to freely engage in the play, allow them to create their own rules, scenarios or characters and should enable children to act in these imaginary situations. Additionally, the games must allow group work and collaboration. Studies have shown that such games enable children to learn how to co-operate with each other in order to complete certain tasks. This can be very useful in the development of social skills. There are numerous other ways that technology can be used in the child education systems. These include documentation of learning, administration, information management, teacher in-training and even communication with authority figures. However, it must be conducted with child care and safety in mind.

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.