Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Early Learning and Technology

Here are some notes and links for a presentation to parents of preschool aged children.

Big idea with technology is that it is better to use technology to create than to consume things that others have created.

Games

We all play games.  Lots of amazing examples in this postcast by CBC.ca/spark with host Nora Jones in an interview with Jesse Schell.

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Later in the interview he also has us think about what is a good game.

Internet Safety

For young learners, the key concern is having them click on the wrong link.

Consider using features such as the parental controls in Windows 7 or the FREE Windows Live Family Safety Filter.

Check out the interactive game for children about personal information.

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Generational Change

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Flow theory by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Learn

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Information for parents on playing safe on Sesame Street.

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Some ideas for having young learners create and communicate

  • —Podcast
  • ◦Record something they are proud of
  • —Skype
  • ◦Talk to an expert
  • —Author
  • ◦Write a book review!
  • —Email
  • ◦Tell someone you are thinking about them

If you have thoughts about early learners and technology then it would be great to hear from you.  Leave a comment below.

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