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Microcomputers and Young Children



Early childhood practitioners should evaluate whether or not computers contribute to the growth of their students by considering computers in the planning phase of the educational program. The first approach, computer assisted instruction, includes drill and practice programs, tutorials or programmed instruction, and simulations or games. Computer awareness or literacy, the second approach, often emphasizes computer information rather than skill with computers. The third approach, computer usage, recognizes that computers are a tool and prepares the student to enter that world with skills and understanding. LOGO, a new computer language, is simple enough for preschool children and also encourages creativity and exploration of concepts. Five goals are specifically recommended for early childhood personnel: (l) learn about computers for yourself by reading computer magazines; (2) learn about LOGO; (3) learn about computer software; (4) say "yes" to computers, but choose wisely; and (5) remember early childhood goals. (BJD)


Tipps, S. & Sanders, T. Microcomputers and Young Children. Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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