Technology that Supports Early Learning – Three Examples

Digital storytelling for dual language learners; e-books about empathy; deep diving on a virtual Titanic; and more innovative uses of technology for early learning.

Computers, tablets, smartphones, apps, and other digital tools are part of our everyday lives. When used appropriately, technology can help children explore their world, express and make sense of what they know, and interact with other children. Technology tools can also assist families as they support their children’s at-home learning.NAEYC-300x225

So, how can early childhood educators choose appropriate technology tools to enhance and support children’s learning?

NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center created the position statement “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8” as a guide for early childhood educators as they make decisions about how and when to incorporate technology into their programs.

In a recent NAEYC survey, educators were asked about their use of the technology position statement. Respondents describe referring to the joint position statement as they plan university courses, develop curriculum, explain developmentally appropriate uses of technology to other teachers, administration, and families, and make decisions about when to incorporate technology into their own classrooms.

We also received questions from teachers asking for more examples of developmentally appropriate uses of technology in early childhood settings. Following are three examples of educators integrating technology into their work with young children in ways that are developmentally appropriate. We hope you will share the technology position statement and these examples with colleagues. Then let us know how you are using the technology position statement and integrating technology tools into your work with young children. We will be adding more examples of good practice so check back.

Three examples of technology that supports early learning. You can read more about each example at NAEYC.

1.  Digital Story Helps Dual Language Learner Connect with Classmates

A 4-year-old boy, who speaks only Chinese, uses an iPad to write a digital story that allows him to share details about his home life with the other children in his preschool classroom.

2.  Virtual Tour of the Titanic Helps a Kindergartner Make Social Connections

A 5-year-old child fascinated with the Titanic is given a book and interactive CD-ROM with a large screen desktop computer. The transmedia materials allow him to explore and express his interests, and develop his small motor and social skills.

3.  Supporting Family Involvement and Readiness for Migrant Children 

Parent educators in Maine integrate iPads into a curriculum that provides migrant parents of preschoolers with early literacy and math activities to help their children get ready for school.

Also to read and share:

Technology and Young Children Position Statement

Ten Questions to Ask When Using Technology with Young Children

Spotlight on Young Children Technology

What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

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