Should Technology Be Taught 21st Century?

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When it comes to the topic of allowing technology in the child care classrooms, most of us will willingly agree that digital technologies provide one more outlet for young children to demonstrate their creativity and learning. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of including iPads into the curriculum in a preschool classroom. While some are convinced that introducing iPads into the curriculum means children will stop playing, pretending, and learning to socialize, others believe that children today are digital natives and therefore should be taught 21st Century Skills that will prepare them to be successful in the digital revolution, not the industrial revolution.
The rationale for technology usage ranges from engaging children and allowing a flexible use according to the children’s interests, to the teacher using it to strengthen their repertoire of music and books. Others believe that the cost is not worth the specialized usage and that teachers may or may not be capable of using the technology of an iPad.
Now in the 21st century, we have so many advances in technology and interactive media which are transforming how we communicate and use information in our homes and schools. The effectiveness of technology depends on them being used in the right ways, under the right circumstances, and instructed by someone that is confident with the tools. Within the framework of developmentally appropriate practice, this means recognizing children as unique

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