ERIC Number: ED416991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Young Children and Technology.
Research on the use of computers and other educational technology with young children has become increasingly sophisticated as their use has increased in early childhood educational settings. This paper reviews the research on computers and social interaction, teaching with computers, and curriculum and computers. The review finds that computers serve as catalysts for social interaction, with children spending nine times as much time talking with peers while working at computers than while doing puzzles. Social interactions are influenced by the type of software used and the physical environment surrounding the computer. Computers and other technology offer opportunities to aid learning through making more visible individual and gender differences in approaches to learning. Effectively integrating technology into the early childhood curriculum entails several issues, including matching the type of computer software used with the skills desired and coupling computer and off-computer activities for maximum learning. The paper then describes The Building Blocks curriculum for pre-kindergarten through grade 2; this technology-based curriculum is designed to enable young children to build mathematics knowledge and develop higher-order thinking skills. The curriculum integrates computers, manipulatives, and print materials. (Contains 36 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Forum on Early Childhood Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (Washington, DC, February 6-8, 1998).