ERIC Number: ED330456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Is There a Legitimate Role for Computers in Early Childhood Programs?
Guddemi, Marcia P.; Fite, Kathy
Computers have a legitimate place in early childhood classrooms, provided that attention is given to appropriate software, location, and access. Software should be meaningful, be relevant to the early childhood curriculum, and meet children's needs. Word processing is one of the most appropriate ways to introduce computers into early childhood programs. Young children want to write, and the variety and number of language-related experiences they have will directly influence their command of oral and written language. The use of computers increases the number of children's experiential activities and the number of opportunities for risk-taking in emergent literacy activities. Computers placed in a freely available classroom writing center provide preschoolers with optimal access. The computer should be invitingly placed in a good, highly visible location. Research shows that computers strengthen specific skills, foster creativity and problem solving, and enhance the writing process. Children will view the computer as just another playground to explore and manipulate. They will not relinquish play in favor of sole dedication to computer exploration and will not fear the computer as some adults do. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Washington, DC, November 16-19, 1990).