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6.2: Technology as a Tool in Early Childhood Education

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    Course Competency 6. Examine strategies that teach technology skills

    6.2. incorporate using tools.

    What are Tools?

    Technology-related learning activities can range from investigating how machines like gears, wheels and pulleys work to mastering simple coding. Developmentally appropriate technology activities during the early years are hands-on, with minimal use of screens (e.g., computer, tablet, television, etc.). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position paper titled “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8” concludes “Technology and interactive media should not replace other beneficial education activities such as creative play, outdoor experiences, and social interactions with peers and adults in early childhood settings. Educators should provide a balance of activities in program for young children, and technology and media should be recognized as tools that are valuable when used intentionally with children to extend and support active, hands-on, creative, and authentic engagement with those around them and with their world.” (pg. 11)

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    Pause and Reflect

    Tools can be electronic devices, but they don't have to be. A tool is anything that helps you get a job done more effectively or more efficiently. Some tools may work better than others. Think about the tools you are using to read this text. If you are using a computer to read the text, you are using different tools than you would be using if you are reading a paper copy of the text. One tool you would need to read a paper copy of the text would be a light source. This could be a candle, a flashlight, an electric overhead lamp or even the sun. It is difficult to read a text in the dark, so a light source is a very useful tool. Can you think of any other tools you may have used today?

    Think about the types of tools children might use in the preschool classroom.

    When children are painting, what are all the tools they need to use? What about during a cooking activity or a math activity?

    6.2: Technology as a Tool in Early Childhood Education is shared under a CC BY license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Vicki Tanck (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).