This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine. Flip through it here or pick up a copy today at your local Marsh or Kroger store, YMCA, public library or community center.
Q: I have a great deal of concern about the increased use of technology in classrooms at our son’s elementary school. It seems that more and more time is spent using electronic devices and less and less time is devoted to traditional paper/pencil activities. How can kids possibly be learning when they are playing games so much of the time?
A: There are sound arguments on both sides of the technology-use question, but the fact remains that all of our lives are infused with technologically. A balance of traditional and technological activities is likely the answer to developing skills and nurturing brain development in today’s kids.
The advancements in technology over the last several years are remarkable in terms of its ability to support academic growth and practice. The graphics and design of educational websites and software excite students. Games are a fun way to practice basic skills in all subject areas in a variety of formats. Top-quality content, photographs, charts, maps and clips enhance introduction and exploration of topics in a timely way that textbooks and films simply cannot. Interaction with others is now possible as options for cooperation and collaboration are added. Content from a variety of resources can be manipulated in an advanced way, supporting out-of-the-box thinking.
Consider meeting with your child’s teacher so that he or she can show you what is being used in the classroom. You will likely be reassured that there is a great deal of learning happening in what has been disguised as fun!
Ask the Teacher is written by Deb Krupowicz, a mother of four who holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Deb has over twenty years of experience teaching preschool, elementary and middle school students. Please send your questions to her at [email protected]