Connections provides resources and information on the appropriate
and effective use of technology with young children.
Early Connections? Early Connections provides a basic
understanding of young children’s learning development, then
connects technology to those essential learning skills. The
primary focus is on how and when technology best fits into the
learning of young children.
learn through social interaction with adults and other children.
Their learning reflects a recurring cycle that begins in awareness
and moves to exploration, inquiry, and finally utilization.
Children learn through play. Children's interests and "need
to know" motivate learning.
development and learning are characterized by individual variation.
Each child has a unique range of abilities and needs, and the
variety of developmental stages in any group of children is
likely to be broad. When considering what is appropriate in
a particular situation, keep in mind this range and use the
children themselves as guides to what will be successful and
Early Connections site is organized according
to the settings where educators and care providers work with
young children. Parents are invited to explore areas of interest
to their families.
careis a unique mixture of ages, developmental stages,
schedules, and settings
children a variety of learning experiences to choose from
with the whole child in the first year of "real school"
gradeschildren in grades 1 - 3 are moving toward independence
programincludes children of many ages with a wide
range of skill levels
each of the above areas, subtopics provide information relevant
to that group:
& Technology connects technology with the learning needs
of children at this stage
& Curriculum ties effective uses of technology to the
Arrangement defines elements for successful placement of
computers and other technology in the classroom
Selection provides guidance on how to select and evaluate
software, as well as links to evaluation and review resources
& Safety offers ergonomic and Internet guidelines for
physical and online safety
contains information on many different types of technology that
can be used with young children, and things to consider when
planning for technology
provides links to useful sources of information and research
on technology use with young children