Oct 24, 2013

Generation C...they're in your preschool rooms

Technology is quickly becoming a big part of the preschool world.

In fact, today's preschoolers are being called "Generation C."

Generation C represents kids who from an early age, are connected to technology.

Here's some interesting facts about Generation C.
  • 25% of kids are using the internet daily by age three
  • 50% of kids are using the internet daily by age five
  • For kids 8 and younger, 27% of all digital media is screen-based
  • 60% of all best selling educational apps are geared towards preschool children
  • 30% of apps on parents’ devices are downloaded by their children
In years past, parents prepared their children for kindergarten by teaching them how to count to ten, grip a pencil, identify shapes and colors, etc.

Today, children entering school have a few more items on their must-know list – all related to technology.
  • How to use a mouse to move the cursor on the screen
  • Know where the main buttons on a keyboard are
  • Have familiarity with at least five interactive applications, games or activities
  • Know some technical terminology, like: digital camera, iPad, computer, internet, mouse, keyboard, and printer
  • Be able to type their name on a QWERTY keyboard
  • Understand the basic functions of an internet browser
 Are you prepared to effectively minister to Generation C? 

2 comments:

I work for Scholastic, and am a 4th Grade Sunday School Teacher. In my book business, we look at new technology as a way to reach the reluctant reader -- one who doesn't naturally pick up a book to read for leisure, but read from a computer screen or ipad. It gives us another venue to reach the child and develop a reader. I think in ministry, we need to do the same, and always be open for new ways to reach kids that might not otherwise be reached through traditional methods! (Paul's desire to be all things to all people, for the purpose of bringing them to Chirst)

Using multi-media outlets are great teaching tools for kids today. Using an ipad, kindle, or even newer phone in class to show maps and pictures to the kids can be helpful. It grabs their attention like the old felt board did in the 20th century. Showing more of what is real (as long as age appropriate) is a good thing rather than the cartoony stuff...too many kids today are growing up and leaving the church because they didn't think God was real. The Bible being placed in the fiction section in some stores doesn't help. Use the technology to show kids Biblical places, maps, artifacts...make it relevant and enforce its reality.

As for games, which Bible related games do you suggest for teachers to have uploaded in their pre-school areas?

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