Various aspects of technology use with young children
Alexandru Spatariu, Susan Bell, Andrea Peach, Georgetown College, United States ; Denise Winsor, University of Memphis, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The paper addresses different aspects of technology use with young children that we need to be aware of in order to design meaningful learning environments. These include, but are not limited to, evaluation, curriculum alignment, and teacher roles. Educators need to be aware of these aspects as technology can have a major impact on children learning at different stages of development. Technology refers to the use of computers, mobile devices, e-readers, electronic toys and games. Researchers recommend a one way approach to technology adoption consisting of 1) identification of curriculum and child learning outcomes and 2) technology selection to meet the learning goals (Haugland, 1999, 2000; Hutinger & Johanson, 2000).Future research recommendations include developing better evaluation systems, integration of current knowledge of child behavior and development, and teacher training.
Spatariu, A., Bell, S., Peach, A. & Winsor, D. (2011). Various aspects of technology use with young children. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3719-3721). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).