ERIC Number: ED234845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers in the Early Childhood Classroom.
Taylor, Helen L. Sally
At Edmonds Community College (Washington), the Campus Parent Child Care Center, which provides parent education and day care for children from 2-1/2 to 5 years of age, has extended the children's curriculum to include computer science instruction. First, the children are introduced to basic computer terminology, such as "keyboard,""monitor" and "disk drive." Next, they examine the computer and learn the mechanics of operating the machine and using a particular program. Use of the computer by the children has helped to demystify the technology and has led the center supervisors to conclude that: (1) the computer is a tool for use by the learner and is treated with respect by children; (2) working with computers does not isolate children; (3) children quickly learn to operate the equipment and develop a feeling of mastery; (4) computers do not substitute for teachers, but rather supplement their work; (5) the computer is a tool to enhance or reinforce learning; and (6) the computer helps teach the child to operate within a logical structure. Overall, it was concluded that microcomputers could be introduced as playthings and as a means of adding an extra dimension to a child's learning experience. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edmonds Community Coll., Lynwood, WA.