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Technology Proves Invaluable to Early Childhood Educators

Posted On Feb 15, 2021

In this ever-changing world, there’s no question that incorporating technology into early education has proven benefits. Technology allows personalized learning and makes it easier for educators to track and access individual student progress. Plus, children naturally gravitate towards technology, making learning a fun and interactive experience. Young teachers fluent in current technology are a valuable asset to the education system. They have a slight advantage over educators who obtained their degree in ECE long before technology was integrated into the classroom.

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Early childhood educators who understand how to properly integrate technology into their classrooms will have countless resources for making learning more fun for their students. There are also plenty of ways technology can help keep good communication between parents and educators, and also keep classroom processes organized and efficient.

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Greater Workflow Efficiency

Specialized software designed for early childhood educators can save significant time and costs by automating mandatory reporting requirements and regulatory tasks. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with administrative tasks such as creating and reviewing attendance records. Connecting with parents and fellow educators in real-time are all made possible with new platforms, too. Teachers can use specific apps to plan lessons or use interactive media to access student work while being able to easily share progress with parents online, saving them a great deal of time and energy.

Improved Learning and Development

In today’s technology savvy world, teaching children to learn without the use of technology simply isn’t practical. Young children today are already born into the digital era, so they need to be prepared on how to appropriately handle the use of technology, both in the classroom and in the real world.

With a little creativity, teachers can learn to use technology in a purposeful way that is similar in nature to how they’d use other common learning materials, such as books, blocks, art supplies, and writing materials. Technology also gives early childhood educators access to information and concepts they may not have readily available in the classroom such as historic events or people, extinct animals, or geography.

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Technology is so much more than mindless entertainment, but rather a powerful tool that can help children record, save, revisit, and share what they learn in the classroom. It can also be extremely useful in assisting students with special needs.

Improved Communication and Connection with Families

In addition to improving the line of communication between educators and families, technology can help facilitate parental involvement, as it gives them access to photos, personalized reports and important classroom announcements. In the past, parents had very little opportunity to speak to or interact with their child’s teacher, with the exception of the occasional family night or parent-teacher conference. Thanks to technology, parents and educators are able to build strong partnerships with each other, helping children achieve even greater success. Research has shown that increased parental participation plays a critical role in student success.

Looking Ahead

Introducing the right types of technology into the classroom proves invaluable to early childhood educators and their students. While technology further enhances the academic learning experience for developing young minds; educators benefit from the useful technology tools designed to help make their job a little easier.

To discover innovative ways to implement technology in your own classroom someday,  contact Athena Career Academy and learn more about earning a degree in early childhood education with us. We are invested in your success, and now is a great time to enroll.

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