Benefits of Technology: How Can We Utilize this Resource to its full Potential?

While reading Victoria Rideout’s article titled Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Use in America, I was very interested in the statistics Rideout mentions in her ‘Key Findings’ section of this essay.  A few statistics that really stood out to me stated that “Educational media use occurs most frequently among very young children (1:16 a day among 2- to 4-year-olds), with a large drop-off in use as children get older (:50 a day among 5- to 7-year-olds, and :42 a day among 8- to 10-year-olds). As children get older, the amount of time they spend with screen media goes up (from 1:37 to 2:36 a day), and the proportion that is educational goes down (from 78% to 27%).” (Rideout 7)

This statistic caught my eye because I think there is a way to change the fact that the media used by children as they get older is less beneficial to their education.  Students are so engaged by technology, that we should be using it in the classrooms so they learn how they can utilize electronics for their learning. This article has sparked my interest to learn about the benefits of technology and how we can utilize technology for its full potential in the classroom.  I hope to learn new ways to incorporate technology into my future classroom.


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