Share Paper: Technology and the Preschooler: As Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Lesia Lennex, Morehead State University, United States
  2. Kimberely Nettleton, Morehead State University, United States
  3. Nikita Murphy, Morehead State University, United States
Wednesday, March 9 12:10-12:30 PM McGavock's A

Abstract: As the technology age grows, the ages of those interacting with technology seem to be shrinking. Young children are highly adaptable and learn at a faster rate than adults. Their brains are wired for increased synthesis of complex operations such as speech and even technology. Children learn through activity (Vygotsky 1978; Fisch 2000; Haugland 2000). Preschoolers (N=60) in this study were given laptops and free play in order to learn more about their interactions with the technology, their peers, and their directed learning behaviors. Over a series of videotaped sessions, children explored PBSKids and Sesame Street. The findings indicated that ...