Our Prek children are deeply engaged in using technology within the classroom on a weekly basis. They are learning to print their first names on the Epson Board; exploring the alphabet and sounds with the Letterland Software; developing their artistic skills with drawing; investigating the concept of math, and their favourite, reading Richland’s blog!
“Technology is best able to support learning when children use it to expand their knowledge in hands-on, engaging, and empowering ways.” (NAEYC, Young Children, May 2012) Technology gives young children the opportunity to explore and manipulate a variety of materials. When technology is balanced with outdoor play, interactive hands-on experiences, technology can be a valuable part of the Preschool experience. Young children learn best in this way of teaching.
Young children are surrounded by technology at home, in their community, and increasingly, in early childhood education programs. Preschoolers use computers to create: art, make music, tell and record stories, hear their stories read back to them, and play educational games, that can connect with off-screen learning and play. Careful planning of computer and technology use lets children explore and investigate new opportunities.
“Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats