This is becoming a common scene. You are in a busy restaurant, and at a table, you spot a family waiting for their meal, or sometimes even having their meal. At the same table, there is the two year old busy sweeping and sliding his or her fingers across the ipad or iphone screen.
Our children are comfortable with technology, sometimes more comfortable than us.
They are digital natives, and we the digital immigrants. They come into contact with a wide range of technology in their everyday lives. More often than not, their homes are better equipped with resources that are far more sophisticated than those we offer in schools.
Technology is easily subject to playful discovery. Children enjoy finding out what to do with the remote control for the tv or the digital camera.
This brings us to the question of technology practices in the early childhood classroom. How can we truly engage with these digital natives?