New generation of children are born with the ease of using technology, and it’s natural for them to interact with technology from their early age. Parents and teachers no longer need to think about how to teach kids to use technology, but rather focus on how to use it effectively and in meaningful ways. What parents and teachers are usually faced with, is their own lack of understanding technology and hence avoiding fostering it into their daily lives.
Digital natives ask for more
We’d like to steer focus on how important it is for both parents and teachers to include technology into their daily routines, plans and communication. In order to keep track with your child’s development and growing up, it is important to spare some of your free time getting to know technology your child is or will be using, as well as the digital educational tools that help nowadays generations learn, explore and grow up. Technology and digital are not here only to entertain, but also to teach and evolve your child’s skills, abilities, knowledge and social behaviour.
It is important to move away from the passive technology and focus on the active technology, which will be beneficial to both you and your kids. You are raising and teaching digital natives, so it’s crucial to get involved, forget about old teaching methods, and embrace new, innovative ones. We’ve recently written about how teachers and parents can find technology highly useful when it comes to effective communication ways.
Kids are your digital mentors
In 2012, exploratory field study proved kids prefer digital books over the paper ones. Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed 24 families with children ranging in age from 3 to 6, reading print and e-books during summer and autumn of 2011. Carly Shuler, senior consultant for industry studies from Joan Ganz Cooney Center, reported the flowing statement:
Kids were more focused on tapping things and that took away from their comprehension as well as the interaction between the parent and the child.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center released a report called joint media engagement (JME) through which they investigated how children use media to take the most advantage of how children work, learn, think and make things together. This very interesting report brought up something we should all think about.
The so-called “digital divide” through which children are considered to be experts with digital media while adults are positioned as novices becomes a “resource for both children and adults to enter and sustain participation in activities”. The resulting tensions can be a challenge to joint media engagement if the digital divide between adults and children is reified with each group engaging in separate activities, or a valuable opportunity if adults step out of typical authoritative or mentor roles and allow children to take the lead in guiding the activity. As such, slight disruption of the balance of power between children and adults can be a powerful motivator for sustained participation.
Digital storytelling as a way to start
We can start exploring technological devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, by reading digital book and stories together with our children. You can choose a variety of topics and separate each for bedtime reading or weekend readings while you have less work to do. Here we give you 3 of our favorite digital books. We’re sure your kids will love them.
Charlie – The Monster that was scared of Kids, by R.E. Knight
Whispy – The Cloud who lost his Lighting, by Lizzy Pen
Mike and Pinky find a Home, by Malgorzata Godzuik
If you are away from your kids, you can still read them stories! Look at A Story Before Bed and record your bedtime story wherever you are! You can use audio and video recording, tell a beautiful story for your kids, and let them listen and watch before going to bed. They offer you hundreds of kids’ books to read, so your little ones can be happy even when you are away.
Parents and teachers, go digital!
As you see, there are so many useful reasons for you to go digital! Keep up with your kids and students in order to avoid the disruption of the balance mentioned in the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s report. Explore, read, smile, play and learn. Interactive world is full of surprises, ad you will enjoy seeing your kids grow and develop their skills and knowledge.
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