The Early Learner’s Guide to Technology

The Early Learner's Guide to Technology

Learning something new can take time, but it is worth it to help teachers seamlessly integrate tech in the classroom. 

For years, students learned to associate the Ticonderoga No. 2 pencil with school. But in today’s classrooms, technology is becoming just as synonymous with school, as our old friend the Ticonderoga No. 2.

This fall, the Department of Education made it clear that it is trying to provide a clear understanding of technology’s role in the classroom, especially for the youngest students.

Here are the four guidelines for early learners using technology in the classroom.

  1. Technology needs to be used to increase the access of learning opportunities.
    Technology should be a mechanism to expand traditional classrooms and introduce students to more cultures outside of their community. One way to do this is by Google Arts & Culture’s partnership with museums around the world, which would expose children to a larger scope of humanity, teaching them that we all are people with complex and important lives.
  2. Technology can be a tool for learning.
    Technology should be a seamless part of the classroom, just like the Ticonderoga No. 2. Improving technological literacy is one of the ways to push America towards the pioneers we once were and still are.
  3. Technology is more effective when the adults and teachers interact with young children. 
    It’s a case of “monkey see, monkey do.” Kids see you interact with educational technology and, in turn, they will be encouraged to do the same. Talk to children about what they will be watching and give some things they should look for, and engage after the viewing to really solidify what they learned watching the video.

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