Thursday, September 13, 2012

In Case You Missed It

Washington Post Article Addresses
the Impact of Technology
on Kids' Learning and Development

A 13-month old uses an iPad
In the article titled "Is Technology Sapping Children's Creativity?" published in the Washington Post by education writer Valerie Strauss, education professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige examines how technology is affecting our kids' learning and development. Here is an excerpt:

It wasn’t long ago that we were talking about how much TV kids should watch. And now here we are in the midst of a technology revolution that is happening so fast we can barely keep up with the number of devices and the options for screen time available to kids — on computers, tablets, cell phones, iPhones, flip down car monitors, interactive “app” toys, and on and on. 

There has not been time to reflect on how this cascading influx of technology is affecting us all or to study the potentially far ranging influence it is having on our children. While electronic games for young children are flooding the market (72 percent of iTunes’ top-selling “education” apps are designed for preschoolers and elementary school children), the research on their impact is scant. 

To read the entire article, click here