Friday, 25 November 2011

Digital technology and under-fives

Many people will already have seen this YouTube video of a very young child baffled by a magazine because it doesn’t work like an iPad. Here is a fascinating Guardian article reflecting on the impact of new forms of digital technology on under-fives. The intuitive nature of smartphone and tablet software makes it supremely easy for young children to operate. While there are some dangers to this, there is also huge potential for literacy, numeracy and other learning. However, if mobiles and tablets are just used by parents as distraction, that potential isn’t met. Lots of food for discusion on my early years courses and family learning training.

The photo is of an iPhone showing an app produced by digital publisher Winged Chariot: The Red Apple by Feridun Oral.