Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Are we introducing our children to technology
early in age?
This is a question we must ask ourselves as parents, caregivers, eductors, and guardians.While reading the book "Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds, and What We Can Do About It?" by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D, I have learned the importance of why we should introduce our children to technology at a certain age. Healy stated "During the early years, the brain has a staggering number of developmental tasks to accomplish, and environments influence its formation."
Which means from ages birth to five is where their foundaton of learning development begins. During these years is where our children will master these developmental task:
Learning in a social context,
Learning to use all the senses,
Learning to be a powerful learner, learning to pay attention,
Learning visual imagery and memory,
Learning to think logically, and
Learning new symbol systems.
Children will begin to learn the importance of play through physical development with their body and mind, playing with their peers, and they will begin their language development as well. From birth to five, our children are "Concrete Learners" which means they learn from things in the real world and from their families. Overall if a child is introduced to technology too early, it can affect their learning development, so it's very important to keep that in mind while deciding what is best for your child.
For educators who are having a hard time deciding when to integrate technology within there lessons, read this article by Murphy, L., DeQasquale, R., McNamara, E. (2003). http://journal.naeyc.org/btj/200311/techinprimaryclassrooms.pdf. In this article the authors share their experience from integrating technology into their lessons.
Monday, September 19, 2011
For my first blog post I wanted to talk about is a disease call Lupus. Lupus is a disease that is not well know in our communities, but there are so many people becoming affect from it and I just wanted to share some information about it. This disease is an auto-immune disease where basically the inside of your body begins to attack its self. There are three types of Lupus, and each type can be deadly. This disease is found mostly in African American women from age 13+. It has also been found in men. The reason why I wanted to talk about Lupus is because I have lost someone dear to me from this disease, so now I want to educate everyone about it. We are having a Walk or Lupus on Oct 8 to honor those we have lost from this disease and those who have been affected by it. If you would like to know more information about the Walk for Lupus feel free to contact me.
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