ERIC Number: EJ1103882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Coding & Robotics for Young Children? You Bet!
Parenting for High Potential, v5 n3 p14-15 Spr 2016
In 2012, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) revised its position statement regarding the appropriate use of technology in early childhood classrooms. The increased accessibility of touch screens on tablets and smart phones led to this revision, which moves the conversation from the question of "When shall we introduce children to computers?" to "How shall we introduce children to computers?" One of the primary takeaways of the new statement is that teachers and parents must be informed and intentional when making decisions about which devices, apps, and games they choose for their children and students. They must ask themselves, for example, does this technology help children connect, socialize, and communicate--or does it promote solitary play and isolating behaviors? Children must be active creators and producers, not passive consumers of technology. As an extension of traditional learning manipulatives, the use of technology, such as robotics, builds problem-solving and sensory-motor skills. This article offers some some ideas and resources for parents and teachers to introduce children to kid-friendly, computer science activities.
Descriptors: Coding, Robotics, Young Children, Appropriate Technology, Web Sites, Computer Games, Courseware
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers; Parents
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