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Should early education involve technology?

Is it right for a child to know how to unlock an iphone before they can speak or do simple maths and should we be encouraging this behaviour.


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    Sep 5 2011: I am a mother of two, who loves technology. However, I feel that knowing how to interact properly with humans is a very important skill that parents need to model for their children.

    That being said, I do allow my children to use our iPod touch for educational resources. My four-year-old uses it for about 5-10 minutes a day to learn basic literacy skills in English and French. She calls it "playing" although she has learned her letters in two languages and is now learning about rhyming and spelling.

    As a teacher, I feel it is important to consider the amazing benefits that such devices can yield for young learners. The educational resources that are available is amazing. From fraction games to graphing calculators for math, letter tracing to touchy books for literacy, the possibilities for improving literacy in its multiple forms via apps is endless.

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