Friday, November 28, 2008

Developmentally Appropriate Technology

An article written earlier this year in the New York Times by technology expert Warren Buckleitner, editor of the Children's Technology Review.

He uses the developmental stages of psychologist Jean Piaget to help make decisions about what technologies are appropriate for children at different ages.

Read it and let us know what you think. Does this match up with what you experienced as a child, or what your children experienced? Do you have different ideas? What about technologies that the author didn't discuss? Where would you place them developmentally? Does this have implications for children's collections and programming?

1 comment:

Hannah said...

I did not experience the internet, computers, or a cell phone until I was much older, so it's hard for me to relate to growing up with such things as a child. However, after reading the article, I think developmentally, some of this technology should not be introduced at such a young age. I do believe that a great way for children to learn is through interactive programs from the television and computer, where it would be important for them to become associated with the technology. Yes, children these days are growing up in a digital world, but some things can wait.