The Importance of Technology in the Classroom for Young Children Brittany Whittington
Texas Southern University
April 16, 2014
Technology is one of the most important things in today’s society that everyone should understand how to use. Children as young as three years old can benefit from computer skills. This is one of the reason more schools are integrating technology into the classrooms. Many schools have incorporated technology into their curriculum so the children and teacher can benefit from many different ways of learning. Some may be against young children using technology because one might think children are too young and will not understand the concept of using technology. I believe there are many reasons why children should start at a young age and why it is important to have technology in the classrooms for young children.
One of the reason it is important for technology to be in the classroom for young children because it helps with a child’s language development. Language development are major strengths of technology use with young children through the opportunities and motivation it provides. Computer play encourages complex speech and the development of fluency (Davidson & Wright, 1994). Children often tend to narrative what they are doing by drawing pictures or moving objects on a screen. By using technology as far as a computer children will engage in a high level of spoken communication and also will be more cooperative, like taking turn with their peers and collaborating. Instead of using the old methods like building blocks or puzzle assembly using the computer elicits more social interactions.
When children properly use a computer and different software it can serve as a catalyst for social interaction related to a child’s work. A classroom is set up to encourage interaction and the appropriate use of the technology will increase, not impair, language and literacy development. From experience working with the children at SHAPE Center last semester I learned new things every day just by observing the way the children interacted with one another, and how the children collaborated as team. Once the children at SHAPE Center finish their homework they were allowed to go to the computer room for free time and do different learning activities on the computer. There were two seats to every computer and in my mind I thought this was because there was not enough computer for all the children, but it was a way for the children to worked together. By putting two chairs in front of a computer it shows the children how to share, be more social, and active towards one another.
This type of development shows children to work on their social skills by being able to communicating, playing and sharing different ideas with one another. I was really impressed with the children on how well they were familiar with using the computers and these were very small children mostly in kindergarten, first and second grade. These children were very smart, and intelligent and knew how to use the computer effectively for they age.
Cognitive development and Physical and Motor development also or more great factors that technology should be included in the classroom. In Cognitive development computer experienced promotes a greater knowledge of verbal and nonverbal skills, problem solving, and abstractions and conceptual skills as to children without computer skills (Haugland, 1992). Children that use manipulative and computer skills shows a sense of sophistication in logical thinking. Physical and Motor Development help with children fine and gross motor skills develop at varying rates.
Learning to write can be very difficult for children but by learning how to use a computer can allow the children to compose and revise text without being distracted by the letter formation. Including technology in the classroom can be motivating and allows the student to learn, communicate, and have a...
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