Technology Usage in Early Childhood

by Czarina Pepito

https://50.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Erikson-Institute-Technology-and-Young-Children-Survey.pdf

A survey conducted by the Erikson Institute showed how parents and their children incorporated technology in their lives. The study consisted of  1,000 parents with children under six years old. It showed the different technology being used at home, how much time parents are spending time with their children while using technology, the different perceptions parents have about the advantages they bring,and their main concerns. Erikson Institute offered different tips for parents and early childhood professionals on how to incorporate technology in children’s lives. These tips create opportunities for adults/parents to model positive behavior in using computers, tablets, television, and smartphones. In a world where technology is everywhere and unavoidable, both parents and professionals need to understand how to use these gadgets in a healthy and productive way.

This news highlights one of the major issues found in parenting. The Erikson Institute wants to shed light on how parents and children use technology in their homes. The institute want families to learn how to properly use technology to benefit children in the future. They want to stress the fact that modeling the right behavior for children to see is important and monitoring their usage is key to having a healthy technology use at home. There is no denying that children as early as three years old use technology, this article helps parents who are struggling to make healthy decisions for their children.

This article is also geared towards early childhood professionals. The survey can help teachers understand that children coming into PreK are able to use technology and should be cultivated to better their learning. Teachers need to use technology in the classrooms as educational tools.Using different websites and software that are children-friendly is a great way of using Universal Design for Learning. Same as parents, teachers need to provide positive modeling behavior while using technology in classrooms.

Today’s guest blogger is Czarina Pepito

Aspiring to be an early childhood teacher studying in Towson University. I am interested in creating different opportunities for children to learn using various methods and tools.”

 

 

Would You Like to Sit With Us?

by Danielle Franklin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teen-creates-app-sit-with-us-open-welcoming-tables-lunch-bullying_us_57c5802ee4b09cd22d926463 http://www.npr.org/2016/09/09/493319114/teen-creates-sit-with-us-app-for-bullied-kids

16 year old Natalie Hampton of Sherman Oaks, California is receiving worldwide recognition for her creation of the new “Sit With Us” app. Her app was designed and aimed at reducing bullying and encouraging social interactions in the school setting. After her lonely experience of sitting alone during the lunch period of her entire seventh grade career,she wanted to create something that would allow students to remain anonymous but seek out friends when feeling alone as she did during lunch time! Durisitng an interview with NPR on their “All Things Considered” Program, she stated her reasoning for creating this app was because “it prevents kids from being publicly rejected and being considered social outcasts for their peers … This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the
table.”

This news will affect young children and their families because bullying is something that is becoming more prevalent in schools today and something that I am sure every parent/student worries about. With this new app that Natalie created, it takes beginning steps at eliminating the issue of bullying by providing students with “buddies”while alone during school hours.

While this app was primarily designed for upper elementary+ students, it can impact early childhood education in that it can be adapted to be used in some way for early childhood. Perhaps it can be used in early childhood for students to find other friends to play with during recess or finding a partner to go group work with during free play.

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Today’s guest blogger is Danielle Franklin danielle

Hello! My name is Danielle Franklin. I am currently a junior at Towson University majoring in Early Childhood Education seeking to change the world… one child at a time!

www.missdanielleteaches.weebly.com

Audio Books Can Help Children Who Struggle with Reading

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/23/how-audiobooks-can-help-kids-who-struggle-with-reading/

 

This article describes how children can use audio books or tapes in the classroom in order to help them when they have to read alone.Children who are slow readers are allowed to go listen to the audiotapes in another part of the room. They say that it really helps them because when they have to read it by themselves, they can then read it faster. When they are given 30 minutes to read with the class, they can finally keep up and don’t feel so rushed.

Some parents don’t have time to read to their children every day. If the teachers introduce then to audio tapes, this allows the children to know how to audio tapes at home. This would have a positive influence on children at home because they can listen to their audio tapes at home to improve their reading and vocabulary skills. Also, this could really help to improve children from low income families who don’t get read to a lot because their parents might not have great vocabulary span or proficient reading skills. Audio books can be downloaded for free on apps, or even iPad’s.They are easy to access and easy to use. Those who don’t have tapes or computers at home could use the mat the library or check out books on tape.

Our guest blogger today is Mary Kate Biser