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ERIC Number: ED561206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide. Perspectives
Daugherty, Lindsay; Dossani, Rafiq; Johnson, Erin-Elizabeth; Oguz, Mustafa
RAND Corporation
Technology literacy plays an important role in a child's ability to succeed in school and later life. Yet, despite rapid growth in society's use of digital technology, many children in low-income families in the United States are not able to access and use technology in the same ways as their more-advantaged peers. This means they have fewer opportunities to learn, explore, and communicate digitally, and fewer chances to develop the workforce skills they will need to succeed in later life. Early childhood education can play a valuable role in ensuring that low-income children can access technology and learn how to use it. However, there are a number of important issues that need to be addressed. This Perspective frames a discussion on these subjects by exploring the role of early childhood education in bridging the digital divide. We highlight five key questions that need to be considered in the discussion of integrating technology into early childhood education. Key findings include: (1) Early childhood education prepares children for school and provides an opportunity to address disparities; (2) Technology literacy opens the door to many of life's opportunities; (3) Technology can also open the door to new learning opportunities for young children; and (4) Supports are needed to realize the benefits of technology in ECE.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: PNC Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Education