ERIC Number: ED259837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Skills and Concepts of Successful Young Computer Users.
Paris, Cynthia L.
Answers to questions about how children successfully use computers were found by identifying computer skills and concepts achieved by children attending the 1984 Computer Camp for Young Children at the University of Delaware. A total of 43 children from 4 through 7 years of age attended 1-1/2 hour sessions each day for 4 weeks. Computer activities were embedded in a supporting curriculum of materials and activities designed to precede or extend computer experiences. Children received instruction or coaching in specific computer skills as the need arose. During the last 3 weeks of the camp, teachers recorded children's performance on a list of computer skills thought necessary for successful computer use. This paper first succinctly identifies seven skills demonstrated by all successful children and five concepts about the nature of computers the children understood. Then, for each concept and skill, sample activities and materials are suggested as stimuli to planning. Concluding remarks caution readers that the information presented in the article does not constitute a prescription for successful computer activities with young children, but should be regarded as a demonstration of a way of thinking about computer use in early childhood education through which curriculum materials and activities were generated. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Microworld for Young Children Conference (College Park, MD, March 8-9, 1985).