ERIC Number: ED433143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Young Children & Computers.
Based on the assumption that young children can benefit from a careful, developmentally appropriate introduction to computers, this guide for early childhood teachers and parents is designed to help children aged 3 to 6 years have enjoyable, educational, confidence-building experiences working with computers. Chapter 1 discusses recent developments in the computer industry that have allowed the development of computers suited to young children and presents the questions guiding a study of computers in the High/Scope demonstration preschool classroom. Chapter 2 contains advice about getting started with classroom computers, what equipment and materials to buy, and how to make them accessible to children. Chapter 3 outlines possible uses of the computer throughout a typical day in the preschool or kindergarten classroom. Chapters 4 and 5 describe specific computer programs promoting young children's language development and logical/mathematical thinking. Chapter 6 concludes with a discussion of other significant curriculum issues involved in young children's computer use, including computer-generated artwork, creativity, and computer literacy. The guide's appendix provides a list of software and equipment producers and a glossary of computer-related terms. (KB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Development, Computer Literacy, Computer Selection, Computer Software Selection, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Elementary School Curriculum, Emergent Literacy, Kindergarten Children, Language Acquisition, Learning Activities, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Young Children
High/Scope Press, 600 North River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198-2898; Tel: 313-485-2000; Fax: 313-485-0704.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI.