Hello everyone! I am Noelle, an aspiring early childhood teacher. On this blog there will be a large amount of information pertaining to the benefits of technology and children’s literature. My goal for this blog is to express the need for children to learn how to use technology as a tool to better their understanding of literature and also use it to communicate their own writings. The target audience is for teachers and parents but I would hope that if you’re interested you stay and browse through my blog.
Please feel free to ask me questions or comment any concerns you may have. If their is a specific topic you would like to learn more about pertaining to the topic of the website please let me hear it! And if you would just like to have a friendly chat about technology and children’s literature I would love to hear from you.
So often I hear from parents that they worry technology is not what their child needs or that is shouldn’t be in the classroom setting. When parents and guardians are introduced with the idea of technology in the classroom, it does not seem that they are afraid of the technology rather that they just don’t understand how it will be used (Barseghian, 2011). When it comes to technology and reading many believe that the two do not belong together. I am here to say otherwise!
Books are often given a negative stigma due to the notion that they are for learning and only learning. The issue with that is, children don’t look for books based solely on the subject of the book. They look for books that appeal to them and that have things such as: “pop-up [pages] or…crinkling pages or…a finger puppet…” (Leith, 2011). Considering that children love books that they can interact with shows that the conventional children’s books will not go away. But that is not to say that they can not be improved on or accompanied with technology. In several different classrooms, audio books can be found. These audio books allow students to use their critical listening skills to hear the distinct and unique voices of each character within their book and make connections to what that has to say about the personality or definition of each character (Johnson, 2003). Here is a link that has a full list about the benefits of audio books, it is also listed at the bottom of the page.
But audio books aren’t the only benefit technology has for children’s books. Technology can be used to induce discussion on a variety of books with a large amount of people, whether across the state, across the nation, or across the world (Leith, 2011). With texting and social interaction through technology becoming demanded by professionals, what better way to help children develop their critical thinking skills than using the safe, school regulated chat rooms to help children discuss their ideas and learning with others. Not only that but this form of communication would ensure a diverse range of students having access to such a wide range of information and discussion.
At this point in our society, technology has no limits – which can seem extremely scary to the majority of parents and educators. By teaching children and students that technology is here to help and not be a lifeline, they will be able to develop the technological skills that are asked of them. Not only that but they will be able to read a book and have incredibly meaningful conversations with a diverse range of peers. Technology is here to stay, the best we can do is to learn the benefits of it and use it to improve.
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