A Young Child’s Digital World: Recommendations to Teachers
Luba Levy, Laura Daniels-Simmonds, Sharla Snider, Texas Woman's University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Opposing views about the impact of technology on the young learner have created uncertainty and ambiguity about technology's role in early childhood education. Early childhood professionals are concerned that indoctrinating young children into the world of technology too early will have deleterious affects on growth and development. Others are determined to integrate technology as soon as possible, and report a positive correlation between technology use and developmental gains. Rather than question whether or not technology should be used in early childhood, it may be more appropriate to explore how it should be used. This paper and associated presentation will highlight key components of a developmentally appropriate approach to technology integration. Participants will glean an understanding of theoretical considerations important to this integration. Recommendations will be made to teachers considering technology use with the young child.
Levy, L., Daniels-Simmonds, L. & Snider, S. (2005). A Young Child’s Digital World: Recommendations to Teachers. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3977-3982). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).