How Close Are We To A Computer For Every Child

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

As technology advances faster than schools can keep up with, the question posed several years ago of one computer for every child could soon become a reality. There are now several schools across the world which can boast a computer unit for every student, but we are still a long way short of it becoming common practice. The question of course should almost be split into two. One is a question about resource, should we be able to provide a computer for every child to use for educational purposes? The second is one about the direction in which the world is going. How far away is the stage when notebooks and copying dictations by hand will all be a thing of the past; and every child actually works from a computer or laptop during lessons?

One such organisation doing all they can to make the former a reality is “One Laptop per Child,” a not for profit organisation set up to “oversee the creation of affordable educational devises for use in the developing world.” The organisation has already manufactured and supplied laptops to countries such as Peru, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Rwanda and has shipped over 2.5 million devices to date. The XO-1 Laptop which is being used by the charity recently became the first laptop to be awarded an EPEAT Gold level rating. The computer is not only non-toxic and fully recyclable, but also lasts longer, costs less and is more energy efficient.

Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.

Back in the developed world, schools and universities are facing new challenges every day due to changes in society, demographics and technology. In order to keep up with advances classrooms have to be more ergonomically savvy than ever before. When I was at school there was barely enough room on my desk for an A5 note pad and my pencil case, let alone a computer, monitor and keyboard. Of course, the rise of the laptop has meant you can work on a much smaller space than a few years ago and it is this invention that has made the computer for every child question possible.

The next decade will probably tell us how far we want to take the computers in school question. There are many arguments for and against using laptops and tablets as the main method of recording information. Whichever way the education system goes, there remains little doubt that our children will be using computers like second nature way before we did.

Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Updated: June 1, 2017 — 12:45 am
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