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Learning through Digital Classrooms during Early Childhood

Children of this era will never know the time without the internet or their favorite gadgets like tablets and smartphones. During 2011 to 2013, the number of families owning a tablet increased five-fold as per Common Sense Media. Not to forget that 30% of college students are enrolled in at least one online course and this figure is still on the rise. Not only the universities and colleges but the entire education system is going to look different especially because of the growing impact of e-learning, especially in toddlers.

Access to Technology

In the UK, 4 out of 10 children aged 3-4 regularly use tablets at home for playing games or even for watching videos on YouTube. Most of these young children easily find what they are looking for on the web. 31% of children aged 0-5 own a tablet and this likelihood depends on his age, gender, and social status. Obviously, the children with low-income households lack the access to such technologies so the schools should take necessary steps to overcome the difference.

How Can Schools Rely on Technology?

Schools can utilize technology to facilitate the teachers and to provide such learning which will not only benefit the students but the entire school community. On a basic level, schools rely on traditional computers placed in a separate classroom. However, they can support the system further by providing wireless connectivity in all areas of the school and allowing the use of digital devices in regular classrooms.
Digital learning can also become a platform which connects the classroom with students’ homes. The teachers can incorporate all the learning materials including the necessary keywords and math activities into the tablets and allow the children to take them back home. This will help the parents in being connected with what is happening inside the classrooms and they can become helpful in strengthening the concepts which they are learning there.

How Can Parents Support Children?

There are a number of digital resources which can profoundly impact the learning of children during their early years. The foremost one being videos produced by different YouTube channels with the intent of making the children learn colors, shapes, alphabets, and other primary knowledge. Certain channels like Balloon Songs can make them easily memorize nursery rhymes including ‘jumping on the bed’ and ‘Johnny Johnny Yes Papa’.
YouTube videos can help in visually illustrating complex concepts and information in a way which is easy to learn especially for the young learners. Also, the entertainment factor keeps the children engaged throughout and increases their knowledge retention.

Internet Safety and Security

One thing which the parents should be mindful of is ensuring protection and security of their children while they access the internet. There are concerns pertaining to scams, online privacy, vulnerability to inappropriate material, and cyber-bullying. The schools are aware of these risks and have certain boards which regulate the terms of use but the parents need to give their utmost attention to this issue.
The learning capabilities of children and the interference of technology in their lives is ever-increasing. The educators and the parents share the responsibility of providing a fulfilling yet secure experience to the little ones.