Thanks to their knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice, it is possible for educators of the very young to select and use technology that enhances learning, creativity, and interactions with others.
The following DAP snapshot and reflection touches on how one teacher built on preschool children’s funds of knowledge in the context of their neighborhood environments to enrich their science curriculum.
Digital documentation such as photos, videos, and audio recordings offer windows into a classroom environment and can also help increase families’ respect for and understanding of the work a program does.
Media literacy education is much more than coviewing or teaching children how to decode a few media texts, question advertising claims, or stay safe online. It’s about opening the world—and all its possibilities—to them.
Educators can reflect on and plan anew how the appropriate use of digital technologies and media can promote young children’s learning and healthy development, particularly when embedded in strong relationships and joyful, engaging experiences.