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Young Children in a Digital Age
Supporting learning and development with technology in early years

Edited By

Lorraine Kaye

ISBN 9781138804807
Published June 30, 2016 by Routledge
154 Pages

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Book Description

Young children are born into a digital world and it is not unusual to see preschool children intuitively swiping screens and confidently pressing buttons. There is much debate about the impact of the increased access to technology on young children’s health and wellbeing with claims that it damages their social skills and emotional development. This timely new textbook examines how developments in technology, particularly mobile and touch screen technology, have impacted on children’s lives and how when used appropriately it can support all aspects of their development.

Clearly linking theory and research to everyday practice, the book offers guidance on:

  • The role of technology in the early years curriculum
  • Developing young children’s understanding of safe and responsible use of technology
  • The role of the adult within digital play activities
  • Using technology to enhance and develop young children’s creativity
  • Technology and language acquisition

Featuring a wide range of case studies and examples to show how the ideas described can be put into practice, this is essential reading for all early years students and practitioners that want to know how they can harness technology in a meaningful way to support young children’s learning and development.

Table of Contents

1 Young children in a digital age (Lorraine Kaye)  2 Why are young children so good with technology? (Nicky Spawls and Dilys Wilson)  3 The power of Digital Symbolic representation (Jacqueline Harding)  4 State of play: Technology in the early years curriculum (Rachel Ager)  5 Supporting children’s technological development: the role of the practitioner (Rachel Ager)  6 Play in a digital age (Shirley Allen)  7 Creativity in a Digital Age (Beverley Barnaby and Victoria Burghardt)  8 Language Acquisition in a digital age (Louise Dryden)  9 Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Technology (Angela Scollen and Beth Gallagher)

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Lorraine Kaye teaches students on undergraduate and postgraduate primary and early years teacher training programmes and is currently the subject leader for computing in primary and early years education at Middlesex University, UK.