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The fact that these folks are from "the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don’t mix." says a great deal in itself.
The reality is that these parents have ample access to technology at home as well as a high level of skills in technology. This means they can introduce technology easily at home and at their leisure. This is a representation of a small percentage of the population that has the resources and means for the latest and greatest in technology.
The majority of families out there to not have these advantages at home so I am not so sure these folks represent what is best regarding the use of technology in education.
Wow! This is a BIG EED and needs an article in Exchange to expand on its valuable content. Please recruit an article very soon and why to delay IT!
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So happy to see this article! Always disappointed when I see misplaced emphasis on technology in early childhood. Bodies and brains develop together as children grow- what we do with our bodies affects our brain development, and our brain development affects what we do with our bodies... Young children need REAL experiences, not "virtual" experiences. Children in families who can't afford computers are not losing out because of a lack of computer experience. They need rich educational environments that encourage socializing, exploring the world around them, and real-life opportunities for problem-solving. Teachers should be providing such experiences for children by giving them authentic opportunities to interact, problem-solve, and explore the world using their whole bodies, all five senses, (and each other!) rather than believing that virtual experiences will have the same benefit (they don't come close).
I am in total agreement that young children do not need computers in daycare and schools. When a child is on the computer not only are they not interacting with the others, but the remaining children are just standing and looking at the screen using occasional input. It is difficult to tell parents that their child get great joy from doing a hands-on project that also teaches them letters and math. The other children can also help and it becomes a group project, which I feel initiates collaboration and problem solving.