Everyone I know who really knows something about computers (ie, people with PhDs in the sciences) wants to keep kids this young away from them and encourage reading instead.
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The comment you left in the comments section of my blog after I wrote about the Clifford The Big Red Dog stories and games website made me think about the objective of my blog and what I know about technology and young children.
As a teacher with a background in classroom technology integration who taught teachers infuse technology into their curriculum, I firmly believe that technology can enhance a child’s learning. Using a website, such as Clifford The Big Red Dog stories and games, can reinforce skills that your child is working to master. Just as homework is used to reinforce academic skills being taught in the classroom, an interactive website or piece of software gives a child an opportunity to practice what they know. Technology should not be used in isolation. It is most effective when it enhances learning through reinforcement of skills.
One of my main goals of this blog is to help parents select appropriate software and websites for their children. If evaluated and selected according to criteria such as age appropriateness, ease of navigation, and content, websites and software can help to empower children. For example, the ability for a child to create a Clifford story by choosing the word at the end of each page is empowering. Not only does it reinforce early reading skills and the importance of reading, but by putting a child in charge of the text you allow them to be an author. Maybe they aren’t writing with a paper and pencil, and perhaps their word choices are limited, but on a certain level, they are writing a story on their own. How great is that?!?
Clifford The Big Red Dog stories and games is just the beginning of a long list of Websites of the Week to be featured on Tech Savvy Mama. I’ll continue to comb the web to find the best interactive, educational sites out there for your children.
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