Each year, new technologies hold the promise to alter the way we think and learn. Computers are prevalent everywhere, and they are making their way into school systems around the country. It is obvious that there is a demand for technological instruction in high school and college. However, the question of if computers should be implemented into early childhood classrooms is still prudent. With computers all around us, it is inevitable that children will be exposed to them, and they will eventually be facilitated into their daily lives. The purpose of this research paper is to explore the advantages, disadvantages, and methods of integrating computers into the early childhood classroom.
Early childhood experiences should maximize young children’s overall growth and development. Their eyes should be opened to the wonderment of learning and the pleasures of discovery. Computers can by an important tool to optimize young children’s potential, and help aid the learning process. Before deciding to introduce children to computers, it is important to address the potential benefits and dangers the machines have on youths. (Peek and Newby 164)
Some people believe that computers should not have a place in early childhood cla
Again, this depends on how computers are implemented in the classroom. (Peek and Newby 77) It is also believed that computers will replace other childhood activities, such as building with blocks, painting pictures, or playing "house. The software is filled with accurate representations of people, animals, and objects, and shows how they function. If children are forced to use computers for lengthy periods of time with drill software, computers could very well rob them of their childhood. What kind of transformation will computers generate in kids Just as likely as producing far more intelligent kids is the possibility that you will create a group of kids fixated on television, videogames or computers. (Kulik pg 98) In 1984 FORBES published an article about the promise of computers in the schools. So, with more computers in classrooms now then ever, why is it that schools are not producing millions of Bill Gates clones It seems that they have rushed this computers in with out having one key element-- training the teachers.