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Technology can be a good or bad thing. It depends on the use of the technology which side of pendulum swings. If it is just being used to babysit, then this is wrong. When you have a class of non english speakers, websites like starfall can be a blessing. If you have a struggling child it can be used for reinforcement. However, it should never be used as a replacement for human contact.

Even students of poverty have the electronic games, so use it to your advantage.
teachmo The use of technology is also dependent upon the technological proficiency of the teacher. If the teacher hasn't had a chance to learn the program being used thoroughly it can be frustrating for both student and teacher when things don't go as expected.
Jun 6, 2011
Terry Rin,

I agree with you that human contact is more important with younger children (well, all children) than technology. Most of them have more technological devices at home than at school ad unfortunately in too many homes these days video games and television are babysitters. Socialization skills cannot be learned with technology.

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Jun 6, 2011
David The good thing is, it's not an either-or situation. You don't need to choose between solely personal contact or only using computers or other devices.

I would say they work best when children that age are introduced to them in a setting where a parent or teacher can discuss with them what's on the screen and what they are able to do with ...See More
Jun 6, 2011

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