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Recently, at a dinner party, a parent of an elementary school child asked my opinion of how technology has affected children’s reading and written language skills. That was quite a question to digest!
I answered by saying, as a classroom teacher, I love technology! It is an incredible resource and learning tool. Instant access to information, actually hearing humpback whale sounds, seeing an image of a platypus... makes learning come alive. However, children have to have basic reading and writing skills to make optimum use of technology. These important skills have to come first.
Here are some suggestions to help young learners use technology wisely:
Fostering basic reading and writing skills will help your child successfully deal with today’s ever-changing, ever-faster technology.