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Young Children and Families in the Information Age

Applications of Technology in Early Childhood

  • Kelly L. Heider
  • Mary Renck Jalongo

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Tools and Strategies

  3. Issues and Trends

About this book


This edited book presents the most recent theory, research and practice on information and technology literacy as it relates to the education of young children. Because computers have made it so easy to disseminate information, the amount of available information has grown at an exponential rate, making it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers and technology users. Although much has been written about information literacy and technology literacy in secondary education, there is very little published research about these literacies in early childhood education. Recently, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College published a position statement on using technology and interactive media as tools in early childhood programs. This statement recommends more research “to better understand how young children use and learn with technology and interactive media and also to better understand any short- and long-term effects.” Many assume that today’s young children are “digital natives” with a great understanding of technology. However, children may know how to operate digital technology but be unaware of its dangers or its value to extend their abilities. This book argues that information and technology literacy include more than just familiarity with the digital environment. They include using technology safely and ethically to demonstrate creativity and innovation; to communicate and collaborate; to conduct research and use information; and to think critically, solve problems and make decisions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kelly L. Heider
    • 1
  • Mary Renck Jalongo
    • 2
  1. 1.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Young Children and Families in the Information Age
  • Book Subtitle Applications of Technology in Early Childhood
  • Editors Kelly L. Heider
    Mary Renck Jalongo
  • Series Title Educating the Young Child
  • Series Abbreviated Title Education Young Child
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9183-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0137-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9184-7
  • Series ISSN 2543-0610
  • Series E-ISSN 2543-0629
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 292
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
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