Looking for reader feedback on this controversial issue.
Do you think it's okay to introduce technology use to students in Kindergarten? If not, how about first grade, or second? When is the right time to bring technology into the classroom, and at what grade levels should students not be using tech tools?
This New York Times article from last fall, “A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute”, discusses how many Silicon Valley executives are sending their kids to a successful school where they keep technology out of the classrooms. It got me thinking. I agree that for our youngest students, it is very much worth considering when technology use should not be required. I think it makes a lot of sense to focus on socialization and human interaction in the first years of education.
Naturally, as a staunch advocate of finding the best ways to leverage technology to aid student learning (and to facilitate instructional and administrative processes), I am clearly in favor of student use of technology at appropriate grade levels. High School – absolutely, Middle School – I think it makes sense there too, Elementary Grades – this is where the question comes in. I really think the first few years are better devoted to a more pure human, personal touch. I'm just not so sure at what age/grade hands-on technology use is best introduced.
I'd love to hear what readers have to say about this. What do you think? When is it okay to introduce technology in the classroom, and when is really too young? Please offer a comment and share your thoughts on this important question, even if you just mention a grade level/range you think is best. Of course, if you have more elaborate ideas to share, like why you think tech use at certain grade is or is not appropriate, we'd love to hear about it. I look forward to hearing your feedback. Thanks!
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