ERIC Number: ED400100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Learning with Computers. AECA Resource Book Series, Volume 3, Number 2.
AECA Resource Book Series, v3 n2 Jun 1996
Research has supported the idea that the use of computers in the education of young children promotes social interaction and academic achievement. This resource booklet provides an introduction to computers in early childhood settings to enrich learning opportunities and provides guidance to teachers to find developmentally appropriate software and hardware. The first section of the booklet focuses on learning with computers and the roles of computers in early childhood programs. The second section provides information on getting started and creating a computer-active classroom. Specific guidelines on computer configurations and setting up the classroom are included. The third section provides guidance in choosing and using software and in evaluating educational software. This section advocates the use of software that builds concepts and skills, and provides classification of software as follows: (1) thinking and problem solving; (2) "Logo"; (3) educational adventure games; (4) communication; (5) painting and drawing; (6) writing and reading; (7) electronic and interactive story books; and (8) keyboard skills. Specific brand name software packages are listed in many of these classification areas. The fourth section of the booklet provides a definition of the Internet and information on its use. The final section provides resource information on educational software distributors, professional journals, monographs, and journals. (SD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Software Selection, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation, Integrated Learning Systems, Internet, Performance Factors
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, ACT 2602, Australia; 06-241-6900; fax: 06-241-5547.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia