TEC Center offers tips on selecting meaningful technology

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

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/donohue22.jpg” link=”https://www.erikson.edu/about/directory/chip-donohue/” align=”right” caption=”Chip Donohue” alt=”Photo of Chip Donohue”]TEC center director Chip Donohue spoke to ABCmouse.com, 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

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/aarmstrong-175px.jpg” link=”https://www.erikson.edu/about/directory/amanda-armstrong/” align=”right” caption=”Amanda Armstrong” alt=”Photo of Amanda Armstrong”]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