MIDL321: Being Responsive to Young Children who are at Risk of Digital Disadvange

Read Johnson’s Young Children at Risk of Digital Disadvantage. Post 3 questions, based on this chapter, that we, as teachers of young children, should discuss in class.


9 thoughts on “MIDL321: Being Responsive to Young Children who are at Risk of Digital Disadvange

  1. 1. If five year old’s in Australia are expected to know how to use computer software and understand concepts about printing, why are the five year old’s in America not expected to know the same at this age?
    2. “moderate playing of education video games facilitates development..” “extended playing of educational video games may be preferable to other repetitive activities.” Who decides the amount of time that is moderate and extended?
    3. If a child has no technological resources at home but is expected to finish his or her assignment that uses a technological resource, how is he or she supposed to do so?

  2. 1. Even though this section of reading primarily focused on early childhood students, what does the information mean for us teachers of middle school students? What can we do to help the “digitally disadvantaged” of our grade levels?

    2. How can educators partner with families to address the digital disadvantage? How can educators partner with the community? (Other than examples provided in the text, what else might we be able to do?)

    3. Johnson makes some thought-provoking assertions:
    – “With respect to technologically-advanced societies, while it is possible that a young child without digital experiences might develop normally, in general, it seems quite unlikely” (p. 264).
    – “It could be argued that the provision of connectivity is as much a public responsibility as is the provision of a safe supply of drinking water” (p. 270).

    What statements! What do you think about these?

    4. Johnson explains, “[R]ecent research suggests that use of textese…is positively associated with Standard English literacy skills during childhood” (p.264).

    Why do you think that is? What do you think about incorporating phones in school? How could this be effectively done? Do you think we are heading down a path to where more of this may occur?

  3. 1. Many times parents want their children to have the same “experiences” that they had growing up. Technology was most likely not one of these experiences. How do we assure parents that technology will not only help their children but will allow them to be successful?
    2. Most schools have technology available to their students and according to the chapter most homes do as well but what about when a student goes home to a household without technology? How do we as teachers ask the students to use technology when it is not readily available to them?
    3. Parents may be scared that technology will “harm” their children, should we as teachers first turn our focus to the parents? teaching them about the technology prior to asking the children to use it ?

  4. “Most typically, fear and suspicion surround the introduction of new technologies, particularly with respect to the young” (Johnson 2006).

    1. Do you believe the academic advantage of learning using technology at a young age outweigh the potential risk of using the internet at a young age?

    “Addressing digital disadvantage in the early childhood classroom requires technologically-competent early childhood educators who have access to required software and digital devices.”

    2. Will there come a point in the hiring process in the future that puts an emphasis on how much technology the teacher is comfortable using? Do you believe we are at that point now?

    “Once children start school, reducing digital disadvantage becomes possible, but many schools lack the resources necessary to ensure digitally-enriching experiences for all children, particularly those who do not enjoy such experiences at home.”

    3. Do you believe that schools should be allowed even more funding to gain the technological resources that could reduce digital disadvantage? Should schools reduce budgets elsewhere and put that into technology?

    4. Outside of school, in what ways could a child at home who does not have technological resources still become familiar with technology?

  5. 1) One in six children in Australia (aged 6 to 7) have a television in their bedroom. No studies have proven this to be causing behavioral or aggression problems, as most people think. In fact some studies show that it promotes reading and literacy. What do you think?
    2) “Although there is a considerable amount of research on the benefits of tv programs for children over the age of 2, parents of children under the age of 2 should be cautioned in the use of media.” Why do you think children under 2 are more at risk when it comes to media? And how?
    3) Assuming that a teacher gives out a digital assignment as homework, how can that teacher accommodate a child who does not have technology at home?

  6. 1. Do you feel that children are being exposed to too much technology?
    2. Is technology really beneficial for children?
    3. Can we link video game use to some of the disabilities that children have today?

  7. 1. What do you do if your entire class is familiar with the technology and you get a new student who knows nothing about the technology?
    2. What if one of your students does not have access to technology at home?
    3. What id you have parents who will not allow their child to use technology in or out of the classroom?

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