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How Does It Support Children's Learning and Development

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How does ICT Support Children’s Learning & Development

T he technical advances of the last thirty years and the introduction of the internet, globalisation has made the world a smaller place and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become increasingly important part of everyday life. Today, it is reported that over eighty percent of households have a personal computer (PC), with sixty eight percent Internet enabled. (Marketresearch.com, 17/05/09) Subsequently, government has recognised the need to reflect this increasing use of technology by ensuring that ICT is to enable children to participate fully in the rapidly developing technological world around them, whilst in others it is the need for children to be competent
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The Leappad is non judgemental, giving no negative feedback, so the children are free to make mistakes without fear. I recognise the benefits to both practitioner and learner to have a piece of equipment that responded immediately. The children could select it and use it straight away rather than having to request adults support to turn the computer and log onto the Internet or load up a CD-ROM. Having researched the equipment and satisfied that it would be a useful tool for the children’s learning, my emphasis shifted to planning an appropriate activity for the children that would allow me to access the leappad and with the help of the children and families, evaluate its effectiveness in children’s learning

Before we introduce a new toy into our toy library we bring it into our Play and Learn session to gauge the reactions of the children and parents. During the session it was fairly instant for a child to go over to the leappad and investigate and was then swiftly followed by other children. The older children were keen to ask questions and asked their parents to help them with how to work the toy. The curiosity by the children and parents continued throughout the entire session. Bruce identified the importance of stimulating and satisfying
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