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Sadly Ironman (AKA Tony Stark, Robert Downey, Jr) was unable to
visit our centre. However we were very fortunate to have Mr
Brian Puerling, author of Teaching in the Digital Age visit our
Natural Steps ALBANY centre on his way to the Early Childhood
Conference. After visiting the centre we were able to catch up over
lunch and talk about early childhood education and
technology. In a recent article in the NZ Herald he is
quoted to say "much angst about children and technology
stemmed from experience with television, but "not all screens are
created equal. A TV screen doesn't invite interconnectivity,
but a touch screen invites another experience, where the child can
be in control of it and creating something."
Having reviewed our technology in our centres, we see how
capable the children are and will be upgrading our computers to
'touch screens'. It is all very exciting.
However, have no fear as technology will not replace other forms
of learning but will complement them. Brian Puerling's book,
Teaching in the Digital Age can be found at the centre.