The arrangement of an area
has a great impact on childrens experiences and interactions.
Place technology in the main area if it is included, rather than in
a separate room, so that it can be monitored.
Ask these questions when
arranging space for computers and other technology:
- Where will the equipment
be easily accessible, but out of the flow of traffic?
- Where can children's
activities be easily monitored and commented on?
- Where can children
get to the equipment on their own, with enough space to work together?
- Where is there enough
light, but no flickering lights or glare from windows or other
- Where can the equipment
be against a wall or partition to prevent children from fiddling
with wires or electrical outlets?
- What activities should
be away from the equipment? Art, paint, food, sand and water can
be harmful to electronic equipment.
- What areas would be
good to have close by? Computers, keyboards, and cameras (even
non-working ones) can be included in pretend play areas.
Space for Children to Work Together
Computers and other technology
encourage communication and provide language opportunities for young
children. Almost without exception, students should be encouraged
to work at the computer with others. Support interaction and social
skills by providing space and chairs for children to work together,
share ideas, and help each other when using technology.