The Role of Technology in EC programs
We are always looking for the magic bullet, something that will solve all our problems. And, today this magic bullet for education is technology. It will solve all our problems! It will increase academic skills, reduce dropout rates, eliminate the racial divide in academic performance, and increase SAT scores. And it will make the lives of teachers easier. Well, it may not accomplish all of these goals, but educational technology does have a place in early childhood. Are Computers Developmentally Appropriate? To evaluate whether computers are developmentally appropriate for children over age three, we need to determine the developmental needs of these children. Howard Gardner has shown that young children exhibit a diversity of learning styles, and that the optimum way for many children to learn is not the traditional teacher-directed, verbal approach (, 1987). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. This approach cannot be implemented with only one computer in the classroom. ReferencesElkind, D. (1998).
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