Children, Technology, and the Evolution of Education
Children, Technology, and the Evolution of Education image: pdekker2 - stock.xchng
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
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
...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
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.
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
So, what does this mean for the next generation? image: Chemtec - stock.xchng
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
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.
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
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
Children are beginning their digital education as early as 18 months. old.image: qoomomyuko - source: Karen Thorne-Stone, Ontario Media Development Corporation
source: Free Press - The Touch Generation image: diesel_sto - stock.xchng In this sense, we are now breeding a generation of true Digital Natives.
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.
It could then also lead to an increasein paper-free options, leading to a more environmentally friendly world overall. image: peej0e - stock.xchng
image: theo1krie - stock.xchng But the fact that children are starting to use technology at an earlier age can also cause negative outcomes.
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
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
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
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
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
What do you think the future holds for these tech-savvy toddlers? image: dspruitt - stock.xchng