Education Week: Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue

Maren Herman’s preschool classroom is filled with educational devices to entice a 3-year-old: toys, finger paints, books galore.

And among the tools Ms. Herman uses in her classroom at Shady Lane School in Pittsburgh are two iPads and a laptop computer. On a given day, children might use a software app called Handwriting Without Tears to practice tracing letters. On other occasions, the iPad has been used to stream music fit for a king during a pretend royal ball.

From Ms. Herman’s perspective, tablet devices such as iPads are just one of many tools appropriate for early learning—when used with the understanding that they’re not intended to supplant other developmentally appropriate materials.

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