Technology At Home Essay

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Introduction Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set up the preschool standards in the United Kingdom (UK). Currently some examples of the technologies made available in preschools are:- laptops, tablets, ICT-smart toys, digital cameras, Pixie Robots(aids in numeracy and spatial awareness), Digital Blue Computer Microscopes (Mircea and Reusch 2005, cited by Dahl 2008). A study state that children will be at an advantaged if they were being introduced to reading or simple mathematics before entering preschool (Claessens et al. 2013). According to a study, integrating technology in the form of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) into UK’s learning Grid aids in upgrading the quality of education (Lankshear & Knobel 2002). However, …show more content…

Bourdieu states that habitus is a product of education and distant from necessity. (Allan 2013). Thus technology at home has a great impact on children. Family’s habitus on technology greatly affects child’s interest with ICTs. Family’s values and norms on the usage of technology impact the child’s ability to counterbalance between traditional and modern technological toys (Stephen et al. 2008). Simple skills such as typing on a keyboard and using a mouse at home supports assists digital communication, watching television and usage of mobile phones (viewing pictures or videos) aids communication over a period and distance and listening to the radio, watching Youtube videos helps in forming musical expressions (McPake et al. 2013). Burnett 2010 states that the preschool education is now transforming their lessons into the digital world and the children’s exposure to technology at home allows them to gain more experience before entering preschool. Like how children will get excited and driven as they are using a recognizable game from their habitus (Miller et al. 2012). Bearing in mind that parents and teachers control over children’s usage of computers or access to technology is important so that they do not fall into getting wrong answers and ideas about learning (Plowman & Stephen

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