Children and adolescents are growing, learning, playing and working in a rapidly changing world with an evolving variety of digital devices all around them. Technologies and interactive media are pervasive in young people’s everyday lives. In the last five years, computers, tablets, multi-touch screens, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices, cameras, music players, audio recorders, electronic toys, games, and ebooks have become increasingly popular, prevalent and less expensive.
In many countries around the world, educational technology standards are guiding the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) skills within national and local curricula. At present, the B.C. Ministry of Education has no articulated educational technologies set of guidelines for education.
In today’s schools, a parent or administrator might walk into a classroom and see all the students using digital tablets. But how can they tell if this technology is being used appropriately? What are some of the positive and negative issues of using educational technologies with children? Can technologies be used to empower learning?
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