Handbook of Language and Literacy Development - a Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months

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Children and Computers (30-60 Months)click to print Print

Written by: Eileen Wood, Wilfrid Laurier University

Digital Divide - refers to the situation where one person or group has access to computer technology for which another group does not have the same access, also this can go beyond access issues and include situations such as differences in computer knowledge, experiences and opportunities

Hardware - the physical equipment that makes up the computer. It includes the computer processing unit (CPU), and peripherals such as the monitor, speakers, and input devices such as the mouse and keyboard

Input Devices - equipment that allows you to enter information to the computer such as the keyboard or mouse

Integrating Coeducational Environment – includes one of many teaching tools used as fluently and seamlessly for instruction as other teaching tools, the computer is an example

Level of Difficulty - the activities in good children’s software ranges from easy to more challenging tasks—this range indicates the level of difficulty

Shared Computer Use - similar to shared reading, shared computer use refers to times when care providers and their children work together while interacting on the computer with both involved actively in the ongoing activity

Software - are the programs that make the computer system operate and includes games

Spatial - relates to the ability to understand and perceive how objects relate to one another in space. For example, knowing how the movement of the mouse impacts on the movement of the cursor on the computer screen

Eileen Wood (2008). Parent/Caregiver Tips: Children and Computers 30 - 60 Months. In L.M. Phillips (Ed.), Handbook of language and literacy development: A Roadmap from 0 – 60 Months. [online], p. 1. London, ON: Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Available at: Handbook of language and literacy development