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Susan Naysnerski
I am a retired elementary principal who was interested in technology and enrichment...and felt they deserved equal time with "the basics." Do you have any questions that you WISH you could ask your own principal? As someone retired from the field, I would be glad to be of service.
Dec. 12, 2013 at 9:58 am
carolyn fruin
What are different aged elementary students capable of in the technology arena? Is there a place where technology cognitive development has been discussed? It seems like all ages are getting tablets and such. I'd like to know more about age appropriate hardware and management.
Dec. 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Susan Naysnerski
This is an age-old question. Everything we read reminds us to be cognizant of "screen time" with our youngest learners. Indeed we must do that. However, technology calls to even the youngest learners. My youngest grandchild, not yet two years old, comes to visit and immediately approaches me with.... " iPad, please...." My experience in early childhood acknowledges the value of hands-on learning. Indeed, all research tells us that this is how young children learn best. As a principal, I really did not approve of bringing a class of kindergarteners to the computer lab to work on a project where every one is doing the same thing. BUT, as an adjunct to the classroom, a computer corner where young children can experience discovery learning while "playing" with the computer, I see value. I also see a class of young learners composing a letter to an expert together, while being coached by the teacher. Short and sweet.....I prefer this to putting a pencil in the hands of a 4-year old, expecting a written product. Probably my best resource to date is Edutopia (www.edutopia.com), George Lucas' educational site, which contains articles and videos about young children and technology. Let's just remember to be developmentally appropriate and use it as just one tool on our belt.
Dec. 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

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