Technology is being utilised in a variety of different industries, including the education sector. With a wide range of software being developed, such as pre school management software, this means that it can be implemented into nurseries, pre-schools, primary schools, high schools and even onto college and university. But, how does the technology actually help with child development?
Enables Creativity and Freedom
Children have huge imaginations. Before, all they had was crayons and dolls to let out their creativity, however now they can use computers and tablets, and other technology, to help them to turn their thoughts into reality. Instead of just drawing a 2D image on a piece of paper, children can now create a 3D picture and send it to a 3D printer. There are more possibilities with technology when it comes to the development of creativity and allows children to be free with their thoughts, ideas and imagination.
Develops Social Skills
Technology can also help children to develop their social skills and learn how to build relationships. With there being other children that play and interact with technology, as opposed to playing outside these days, children can communicate with others, as they discover others who share the same interests and hobbies.
Improves Problem Solving
Learning how to solve problems is part of every child’s development and is important for their future. Technology can help them to improve these skills. Whether they are playing a game that has challenges that must be overcome, or the technology has an issue that needs to be fixed, there are so many ways that technology can help children to improve and develop their problem solving skills.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools had begun to implement better technology into learning, with some introducing Ipads to do tasks and homework on. Due to the enhancement in technology and software, there are so many resources and platforms that students and children can use to push their knowledge even further than before. It works well for children that strive when it comes to school work, as well as those that may need a little more time. For children who find school work easier, they can push themselves by going onto other lessons and next levels, whilst other students can take it at their own pace. This means that children are never held back in their learning or rushed, which makes it beneficial for classes with a range of different abilities in.
Promotes Cognitive Development
In order for the technology to be beneficial for children in their early years, it must provide them with opportunities to gain the necessary skills they require for school. Technology can help to do exactly that as it helps to promote cognitive development, with many children already having more of an understanding of maths and english than they may have before. Children find technology engaging and therefore it encourages them to want to learn and discover more. This means that they are likely to push their knowledge further, as it seems easy to do so online or by using an app, as opposed to looking something up in a book.
As you can see, there are so many ways that technology can help with child development. From independence, to creativity and even problem solving, as technology enhances, it really does have a positive impact on children and their learning.