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Technology and Interactive Media in the Classroom

Technology and interactive media are everywhere in today's society. Young children live in a world where computers, tablets, smartphones, music players, gaming devices, and more are readily available, including in their classrooms. The use of computers and other interactive technologies is on the rise in early childhood programs. As we become an ever increasingly technological society, it's important to consider the effects of technology on early childhood development.

There are potential developmental and educational benefits with many forms of interactive media. These benefits include physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Interactive media is steadily becoming a fixture in American classrooms, and it is not hard to imagine that the future of preK-12 classrooms will include laptops, e-readers, tablets, smartboards, and other devices as primary curriculum tools. The question shouldn't be if we should use technology in the classroom, but rather how we should use technology in the classroom. When used effectively, technology can assist and aid the learning and teaching styles of childcare professionals and young children. Technology gives young children the opportunity to be actively involved in their learning experience and discover the world around them at their own pace.


Technology and Interactive Media
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Television was once the newest technology in our homes, and then came videos and computers. Today's children are growing up in a rapidly changing digital age that is far different from that of their parents and grandparents. A variety of technologies are all around us in our homes, offices, and schools. When used wisely, technology and media can support learning and relationships. View Article 

  Using Technology in Early Childhood       
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Are young children's brains (ages three through six) well suited to the use of technology? (We define technology as children using cameras, computers, tape recorders and video cameras in classroom projects.) If so, how? Are some forms of technology better than others for these specific age levels? View Article  
This Month's Trial Course: The Child's Digital Universe   
CCEI offers CHD103: The Child's Digital Universe: Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of January.

This course presents the latest research and recommendations regarding children's use of technology and digital media, and the ways in which digital devices are reshaping childhood and early childhood education. Participants will learn about children's media usage and the latest research on the effects of digital media on early childhood development.
Nutrition in School-Age Programs   
Afterschool programs have a great opportunity to shape and develop heart healthy lifestyles in young kids. School-age programs can offer a variety of organized physical activities and provide healthy snacks and meals.

Young students in afterschool programs typically have more freedom and time to be active and participate in physical activities. While afterschool programs are just one of the many settings that students can be active and take part in activities, they are a valuable resource in continuing the development and healthy lifestyles being promoted in early childhood education.  

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