Children, Technology, and the Evolution of Education

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A look at how children's lives are affected by the advances of modern technology.

A look at how children's lives are affected by the advances of modern technology.

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  • 1. Children, Technology, and the Evolution of Education image: pdekker2 - stock.xchng
  • 2. Technology has become more and more accessible to younger age groups within thepast five years, especially since the release of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad image: cienpies - stock.xchng
  • 3. When the Apple App Store was launched in July 2008, the face of the smartphone was changed...image: evan-amos source: SybaseInc - The Growth of Mobile; youtube.com
  • 4. ...The Appstore launched with 500 Apps, there arecurrently over 350 000 Apps available for download. Apple has sold over 10 billion Apps, as of January 2011.image: raichinger - stock.xchng source: App Store - wikipedia
  • 5. source: Gartner, Inc image: alemjusic - stock.xchng In today’s modern world where there’s literally an App for everything you could want or need, it’s no wonder that 23.6% of mobile communication devices sold from January-March of 2011 have been smartphones; that’s an 85% year-on-year increase.
  • 6. It’s also not surprising that according to a survey done in the U.S. by BabyCenter, 64% more mothers have adopted the use of smartphones, with over half of them stating that it was a direct result of becoming a mother.source: BabyCenter image: bonvivant
  • 7. So, what does this mean for the next generation? image: Chemtec - stock.xchng
  • 8. Just as the number of Apps currently available for download is growing, the number of Apps directed totoddlers and young children are growing as well. image: dtiriba - stock.xchng
  • 9. image: nicephoto - stock.xchng Not only are smartphones and tablets being used by adults and teenagers, but they are now being used as educational tools for young children.
  • 10. Desktops and laptops don’t seem to come as naturally to toddlers as the touch- screen technology; it takes much more advanced hand-eye co-ordination to achievethe motor skills needed to handle a mouse and keyboard. image: ante3 - stock.xchng source: Toronto Star - iPhone apps a hit with preschoolers
  • 11. Elementary school teachers are even beginning to use tablets in the classroom as a learning tool. It has been proven useful by teachers with developmentally disabled students as well.source: Toronto Star - iPhone apps a hit with preschoolers image: mazwebs - stock.xchng
  • 12. Children are beginning their digital education as early as 18 months. old.image: qoomomyuko - source: Karen Thorne-Stone, Ontario Media Development Corporation
  • 13. source: Free Press - The Touch Generation image: diesel_sto - stock.xchng In this sense, we are now breeding a generation of true Digital Natives.
  • 14. image: ryencx - stock.xchng This could lead to many positive outcomes: the next generation would be almost entirely fluent with digital media (if we aren’t already), which would then lead to the development of superior technology for the future.
  • 15. It could then also lead to an increasein paper-free options, leading to a more environmentally friendly world overall. image: peej0e - stock.xchng
  • 16. image: theo1krie - stock.xchng But the fact that children are starting to use technology at an earlier age can also cause negative outcomes.
  • 17. Many parents use technology as “electronic babysitters”; it is easy to sit your child down in front of a piece of technology that will occupy their attention.source: Elaine M. Doxie, helium.com image: robdav - stock.xchng
  • 18. We need to be careful with how we raise our childrenaround technology. They can easily become addicted to it at a very young age if there are no boundaries or restrictions given. This can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, and eventually childhood obesity. image: dspruitt - stock.xchng
  • 19. With today’s child obesity rate in Canada already frighteningly high at 26% of children ages 2-17, it is important to limit childrens’ screen time to 2 hours or less a day. While technology advances, we must still keep our health as our first priority, and pass this message on to future generations.source: Childhood Obesity Foundation image: morrices - stock.xchng
  • 20. In order to achieve this, we must set apositive example for our children, andpractice what we preach. After-all,actions speak much louder than words. image: MeiTeng - stock.xchng
  • 21. As they are already so far ahead in their digitaleducation, it will be interesting to see how their useof technology at such a young age will affect this newgeneration of digital natives and their everyday lives. image: marcello99 - stock.xchng
  • 22. What do you think the future holds for these tech-savvy toddlers? image: dspruitt - stock.xchng