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In our growing age of technology, students everywhere are learning earlier and earlier how to use the latest technology. Parents are exposing their children to technology at a young age and are creating the future students of our nation; they are being taught to adapt to new technology and to embrace the changes. I have personally witnessed children as young as 2-years-old learning how to swipe their fingers across their parent’s iPhone to unlock the device. I’ve even seen a 5-year-old navigate her way through a brand new app on my iPad better than I could have.
The response to our Top Ten iPhone/iPad Apps for the Classroom and Beyond article and our follow-up blog NOVA's Top Ten: Business iPad/iPhone Apps was pretty positive. So we thought we'd also feature some of the top educational apps that run on the Android operating system.
In today's blog, we take a look at "Technology for Early Learners." Our friends over at Hatch — The Early Learning Experts — have put together a great eBook that explores the positives and negatives of technology for younger students. But, what is educational technology? According to Hatch's ebook:
Take a walk around any junior high or high school campus in between classes and you'll probably see most students looking down at their cell phones — texting, rather than making eye contact and carrying on actual conversations. These miraculous, pocket-sized pieces of technology have become a mainstay on most kid's "required school supplies" lists since the 1990's. But how do they impact learning and should they be allowed in class?
A morning news report caught my attention today. It was about a local school district that had relaxed its policy on social media and decided to allow (gasp) Facebook and Twitter into the classroom. The anchor people made some ad lib about "well, we'll have to keep an eye on that story." — as if it were some evil that must be kept away from our children at all cost.