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Toddlers and

technology JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for technology in early childhood education.

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y daughter Emily can work our iPod nano much better than I can. Emily has just turned one. My age shall not be revealed – suffice to say my years should equip me to handle intuitive new technology better than someone who has not yet mastered walking or talking. Emily’s grasp of technology does not end there: she has taught herself how to turn on the television with the remote and operate the volume and channel selection. When opening the laptop, she says “Nana” because she associates the computer with skyping her grandmother in the UK. And the most astonishing thing about all of this is that it isn’t astonishing. A quick poll of my baby-clad friends reveals they are all the same. Oh yes, Blake can put a DVD on by himself. Ruby likes to look at

Emily and the iPod nano.

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Education Review series ICT & Procurement 2011

New Zealand Education Review ICT & Procurement  

Information and communications technology (ICT) is an increasingly core part of education, as is procurement. The ICT & Procurement edition...

New Zealand Education Review ICT & Procurement  

Information and communications technology (ICT) is an increasingly core part of education, as is procurement. The ICT & Procurement edition...

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