Young Children and Families in the Information Age

Young Children and Families in the Information Age

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This edited book presents the most recent theory, research and practice on information and technology literacy as it relates to the education of young children. Because computers have made it so easy to disseminate information, the amount of available information has grown at an exponential rate, making it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers and technology users. Although much has been written about information literacy and technology literacy in secondary education, there is very little published research about these literacies in early childhood education. Recently, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Childrena€™s Media at Saint Vincent College published a position statement on using technology and interactive media as tools in early childhood programs. This statement recommends more research a€œto better understand how young children use and learn with technology and interactive media and also to better understand any short- and long-term effects.a€ Many assume that todaya€™s young children are a€œdigital nativesa€ with a great understanding of technology. However, children may know how to operate digital technology but be unaware of its dangers or its value to extend their abilities. This book argues that information and technology literacy include more than just familiarity with the digital environment. They include using technology safely and ethically to demonstrate creativity and innovation; to communicate and collaborate; to conduct research and use information and to think critically, solve problems and make decisions.For example, the text is read aloud and highlighted; children can read and reread e-books independently; animations and graphics ... In 2007, the e-book revolution took off with Amazona#39;s launch of the Kindle and the Kindle Store, followed in 2009 by the ... Then, in 2010, Apple released the iPad and iBooks ( Falconer 2011).

Title:Young Children and Families in the Information Age
Author: Kelly L. Heider, Mary Renck Jalongo
Publisher:Springer - 2014-12-05

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