There is a wide variety of opinions among early childhood educators about the use of technology in teaching children. Many educators still prefer to use hands-on learning activities in classrooms, but technology is a major part of our world and children need to be introduced to the many tech tools that are now available to use in learning activities. Technology can be used in developmentally appropriate ways when teaching children, and can be a valuable tool in the development of social skills. The ability to work together with peers and other adults is a valuable social skill that children have the opportunity to develop if they are given the opportunity to use tech tools with other people.
The early childhood educators at Primrose School and Childcare Center in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota understand that technology can build both academic and social skills if used in developmentally appropriate ways. Each kindergarten classroom has a computer center at which children can work together on a project. Children have the opportunity to collaborate on writing and problem solving activities. Problem solving is a valuable social skill that can be carried throughout life. The after-school program at Primrose also provides a Tech Zone for children to work together on projects. Children can go on virtual field trips. Other tech devices that are available in the Tech zone are digital cameras and video equipment. Children have the opportunity to use these tech tools to create projects and to share ideas in groups.
Parents who are looking for a new tech tool to use at home now should check out the new CHATTY KIDZ app that is available through the Apple Store. This is a new educational app that has been introduced to help with homework. Busy parents sometimes find it hard to make time to help with homework. This new app makes it possible for grandparents and other long-distance family members to lend a hand with homework in reading and math. This app is available for iPads, smartphones, and PC’s. Bonding with family members who live in other areas of the country is an important social skill that can be developed with the use of this app. Interaction with interested adults through the use of this app also builds self-esteem in children. Regular communication with family members through use of this new app builds conversational skills. All of these activities are beneficial for healthy development of social skills.
Interested parents can access more information about CHATTY KIDZ by visiting www.chattykidz.com. Parents are also invited to use and view the new interactive educational app at www.Kickstarter.com.