Technology is perhaps the most significant resource humankind ever created. It refers to the scientific development of processes and skills to enhance information processing. Today, technology is pervasive in our lives, from small children to adults. It provides us with resources and, more importantly, knowledge. In this era, exposure to technology is an essential part of early childhood education. Integrating technology into the early childhood curriculum results in more significant opportunities and a competitive advantage for children. In sum, it provides a strong foundation for reaching more significant educational goals and life outcomes. One way of looking at technology is comparing it to an ocean of information with diversity, beauty, opportunity, and discoveries waiting to be found.
Technology fundamentally has changed how things function today. It has also redefined how children build essential skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. What stands out about using technology in the early years is its impact on all aspects of child development. Technology allows children to build their fine motor skills, explore different aspects of thinking, and learn to interact with their peers at a different level. Using technological devices helps children follow sequential instructions to make something work and enhances listening skills in some instances.
Technology can also make the learning experience more enjoyable for children with its infinite possibilities. Learning to identify numbers and letters, counting, colors, etc., can be done using some small videos or games related to the topic. This way, the child remains engaged in the subject and is curious to learn. These topics are also firmly instilled in the children because there are so many learning options, and they can cater to each child’s learning style. It can also make learning fun and novel.
The use of technology can allow each child to pursue activities according to their capabilities. For example, a child might whiz through an activity about identifying numbers but slow down a little when counting. In this case, traditional printed worksheets turn out to be less impactful and helpful. Instead, with the help of technology, children can strengthen their strong points and work specifically in the areas where they could use assistance. One of the immense benefits of introducing technology in early childhood education is expanding a child’s imagination. While books and printed material limit themselves to specific topics, technology is inexhaustible. A single topic you start with can allow you to discover an ocean of different facts and possibilities. Watching some videos or playing games also shows children a new perspective and permits them to create new things in their own unique and innovative ways.
The use of technology in preschools also allows children to immerse themselves in learning. After all, looking at colors and moving things is more interesting than just reading to learn. Using games to learn core skills also helps children remember them by making it enjoyable. Technology can even boost social skills by interacting with multiple other people and peers online.