I personally use tech to support myself as a teacher and in turn this supports my students and their parents. However we do not use tech in the classroom with our children. I teach them to write with a pencil and paper, not to type. I do not have issues with tech, I have issues with children learning to type or use a touch screen before they are even able to write their own name. I get concerned because children would rather have screen time than color or paint a picture. I don't need tech in my classroom, we spend time cooking in the play kitchen, or measuring out ingredients to make our own snack in the real kitchen. I help my students measure how tall their friends are using blocks. I help guide my students on how to be a good friend and class mate. I teach them how to cut with scissors and to hold a pencil correctly. We do not have time for screen time or computers or tablets in my classroom. We are busy discovering the rest of the world.
Not all teachers agree with this, and that is OK, I respect that. I know that the school district I am currently in starts with computer and technology classes in kindergarten. That's great, but for me, at the preschool level I like to stick with what I am already doing.
I went to high school with a man who is now making AMAZING technological changes to our city. He is a truly brilliant mind and has built a very successfully coding school right in the middle of our struggling downtown area. He went away, gained knowledge and came back to better the community in which he grew up and I am proud to know him and proud to support him in his efforts to bring coding and technology to our local school district and community wide.
I agree with Eric, technology is here to stay and it should be embraced. But I also believe children need the time to color and write and I know Eric would agree. His last posting on Facebook was him taking a break from his office and his computers and took his coding school team out to learn how to ride horses! See! That's balance!
Tell me what you think! How do you really feel about technology in the preschool classroom?