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Technology in the Preschool Classroom

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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Young children are born learners. They love to explore and soak in new experiences. Preschool teachers can use technology to enhance children's natural curiosity. Not sure how to make this happen? Take a look at what technology in the preschool classroom looks like.

Technology & Young Learners

When we talk about technology in education, we mean the use of tools or machines in classrooms. Think computers, tablets, and printers. In a preschool classroom, technology can take many forms. What does technology look like in a preschool classroom? Let's take a tour of Ms. Smith's classroom and see what she has going on.

The early years are all about figuring things out. Children are developing as learners as they investigate their world, and they're naturally curious about everything and explore how things work at every turn. Ms. Smith knows her students need technology, since it provides a way for her students to grow as investigative learners. As such, she uses technology to support learning, not merely as a teaching tool.

Technology in Preschool

What types of technology does Ms. Smith have in her classroom? Let's take a look at some common types of preschool technology.

Ms. Smith's classroom has several different types of computers, or electronic devices used to store and process data. Several desktop and laptop computers are available for the children to use for exploring programs related to science, language, and math. The students also have access to tablets, computer-like devices that respond to on-screen interaction instead of a mouse.

Young children enjoy listening to songs, books, poems and stories. When a teacher isn't available to read with a student, they can listen on a digital player, like a compact disk player or electronic device such as an iPod. The children can listen as a group or wear headphones for private listening.

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