Technology has become a foundational component in many areas of our daily lives, as well as our children’s. Within the confines of the classroom and learning environment, technology can be both beneficial and problematic for students. Here, the child care professionals at Celebree Learning Centers discuss the pros and cons of technology in education, as well as solutions for potential challenges.
Pro: Using Technology Can Excite Young Students
Today, it is not uncommon for many school age children to have first encountered technological devices as toddlers. As such, students tend to associate laptops, tablets and other similar devices with fun and excitement. Consequently, technology in the classroom not only helps to harness attention and excitement while in the classroom, but invigorates traditional learning experiences.
Con: Use of Technology Can Distract Students
Computers can provide young children with access to inappropriate content or information if the proper security measures are not put in place. Website blockers, internet filters and close supervision can help to prevent children from being exposed to such, and lessons in “netiquette,” or proper use of the internet can instill good web judgement and habits at an early age.
Pro: Prepares Students for the Future
Our world is only becoming more reliant on technology, and having a good understanding of common technological devices and their uses is critical to prepare children for success in primary and secondary education. It is never too early for young children to begin building skills and knowledge that they can carry through their educational and professional careers. In this sense, exposure to technology in early education is a great way to begin building a foundation for success.
Con: Removes Children from Opportunities for Socialization
Studies have suggested that more individuals throughout society are becoming disconnected and isolated because of the links that technology provides through social networks. Young children who spend more time engaging with devices may not spend as much time interacting with their peers—which can affect those children’s social and emotional growth. In mitigating this risk, it is important to temper “technology time” as to allow children to interact socially with family and friends.
Pro: Technology Encourages Spontaneous Learning
Having access to technology can help children learn to investigate topics they find interesting. For older generations, information was not as readily available and required that children have access to traditional resources. Now, however, children have a world of information right at their fingertips. When used appropriately and monitored, technology can supplement learning in or outside the classroom by providing the outlet for children to research the topics in which they are interested —a lesson about dinosaurs, for example, could be supplemented by a YouTube video, or a virtual field trip to a natural history museum.
Con: Technology Can Discourage Creativity
Many technology-based games and activities are “pre-made,” allowing children to complete activities without having to problem solve in creative and imaginative ways. However, there are equally as many games that promote creative development and problem-solving skills, while serving as a fun solo or group activity. Choosing the latter, and providing a wide array of other learning tools, like manipulatives or art supplies, will ensure that your children are benefitting from their play time in a safe and constructive way.
Celebree Learning Centers’ Commitment to Child Education
At Celebree, we believe in a balanced approach to education: fun, but informative; technological, but hands-on; modern, yet traditional. Striking the perfect balance, our dedicated and professional educators help nurture your child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, all in a safe and nurturing environment. For more information, or to schedule a tour of your local Celebree Learning Center, contact us today!