I am in the process of reading the Draft NAEYC statement. I promise I'll be back to add some comments to this thread.
My County is participating in a grant along with the state PBS affiliate. We will be piloting some apps on iPads in a couple of preschool programs in the coming year.
Technology in PreK is a controversial topic, and I hope to learn more about it in the coming year.
Feel free to look at the technology examples that I have posted on the prektechnology wiki. These are all activities done with 4 - 6 year old children in PK and kinder here in Austin public schools. When I read through the NAEYC technology position statement, I was encouraged. I am anxious to hear what you think. What state (city or county) are you referring to?
I have read through the position statement document.
I am in Arizona- Flagstaff!
The statement shows some real change in the last few years. Several years ago I was reading that technology was not thought to be appropriate for children up to some age- an age I felt rather old. Though I do not remember the study(ies) I have kept that statement in mind.
Technology has changed so much, and its infusion into everyday life has been swift for many families and children. As the statement notes, there is a substantial divide regarding the availability and exposure to the technology for some children in poverty.
I was surprised at the conclusion that "Educators must ensure equity by providing opportunities for all children to participate and learn in an environment in which technology tools have been integrated (Judge, Puckett, & Cahok 2004) Based on that study and the ISTE tech standards, it goes on to say that "Early childhood programs have an obligation to use technology to bridge the digital divide."
Oh, my! Early childhood education programs are not funded in every state. That means that privately funded preschools are likely to have such tools and non-funded ones are likely to not have them.
This seems to me to perpetuate the divide. While I agree that technology can be used in thoughtful ways to enhance a child's experience and that educators need training to understand how best to evaluate and choose the technology tools and how to integrate them, I am a bit wistful for the days when "enrichment" in the early childhood setting was more about personal interaction, language development, and conceptual experiences.
I love tech and love using it with young children, but I have some fear about institutionalizing it.
What do others think?