ERIC Number: EJ1125819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Toddlers and Touch Screens: Potential for Early Learning?
Kirkorian, Heather L.; Pempek, Tiffany A.
ZERO TO THREE, v33 n4 p32-37 Mar 2013
As interactive screens (e.g., tablet computers, smartphones) continue to enter the homes of young children, it becomes increasingly important to understand the impact of these technologies on development. Some studies suggest that while traditional television and videos hold little educational value for toddlers, young children may be able to learn from interactive screens. Thus it is possible that touch screen devices have the potential to succeed at benefiting toddlers where traditional videos have failed. This article summarizes existing research on educational screen media for toddlers, generates hypotheses about the potential of interactive screens, and outlines immediate needs for future research.
Descriptors: Toddlers, Manipulative Materials, Technology Uses in Education, Influence of Technology, Interactive Video, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Video Games, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Games, Caregivers, Caregiver Child Relationship, Computer Games
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Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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