The TEC Center was recently featured in two articles, discussing the importance of being intentional when using technology with young children.

Technology can educate and entertain

TEC center director Chip Donohue spoke to, offering tips for parents when choosing technology for their children.

“Children should be active participants in building their own knowledge and not just passive recipients,” says Donohue. “Sometimes we get the message that a website or an app or a TV show can be either educational or entertaining. I think great children’s media is both.”

READ: Children and Technology: The Right Balance?

After-school approach informs technology selection

The Examiner talked with TEC Center Program Coordinator Amanda Armstrong, M.S. ’12, about how her background in after-school programs led to her work in technology for children.

“Children are always learning and this was key to our approach to after-school [programs],” Armstrong says. “We often took projects and activities as a way to present children with new knowledge and content. […] In a similar way, touchscreens can be used to share new information to children, enhance these meaningful learning experiences, and support children’s curiosity.”

READ: After School Learning & Apps