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A timely addition to the SAGE Swift Series, Crayons and iPads examines the use of digital technology in the early stages of child development and the way in which learning techniques have evolved in classrooms across the world. Taking the position that tablets provide an accessible learning and instructional tool, Debra Harwood explores how tablets can be used to provoke, ignite, and excite children’s interest in the world around them, arguing that it is through this engagement with technology that new discoveries are made and learning takes place. Guiding readers through research-based insights into children’s thinking, interactions and being, Crayons and iPads offers an important starting point upon which to build play and inquiry-based learning opportunities within early learning programs.
Chapter 1: The Digital World of Young Children
The Digital World of Young Children
Pervasiveness of Technology
Digital technologies are prevalent within western society, with ‘smart’ mobile use among young children escalating (e.g., tablets, iPads, smartphones). The anywhere/anytime access to the Internet, the convenient size and portability and relative inexpensiveness of smart mobile technologies make these devices extremely attractive within educational contexts. A recent report by Ofcom (2013) in the United Kingdom reported ‘use of a tablet computer at home had tripled among 5–15s since 2012 (42% versus 14%) while one-quarter (28%) of 3–4s use a tablet computer at home’ (p. 5). In addition, tablet computers are widely used in many educational classrooms, with rates reported as high as 70% among primary ...