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Technology in EYFS

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by jbasketts, Jun 16, 2016.


Is it important to teach mouse skills in EYFS

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. jbasketts

    jbasketts New commenter

    I'm an educational consultant trying to help schools use technology effectively. At the moment I'm re-thinking the role of technologies in EYFS against a rapidly shifting landscape, particularly around the importance of teaching mouse skills, keyboard skills and the pros / cons of using tablets / iPads.

    I'd be really interested in your opinions, or at least a simple yes / no vote on the mouse skills poll.

    Cheers, Joe
    Gemget84 likes this.
  2. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    I think this is important given the current times but also important to stress to families about using tablets etc in moderation. Especially when you see little ones able to use a phone or tablet and successfully navigate through them yet have no pincer grip where a pencil is concerned.
    minilady likes this.
  3. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    I would be interested In hearing more about your findings. Could you keep me up to date?
  4. jbasketts

    jbasketts New commenter

    Gemget84 - if I get enough responses to be able to collate something meaningful I will post findings on this thread.

    Thanks for your response.
  5. squashball

    squashball Occasional commenter

    traditionally reception children arrive in my class each September and spend some time in front of our 3 computers trying to swipe the screens (whilst ignoring the mouse). I think mouse skills are really important though, so I teach them - coordinating their hand to eye is difficult to master if you are used to being able to manipulate a screen through direct touch. We have iPads too but many of our learning games are only available on the bigger screened computers. I also teach them to type (which normally involves ONLY showing them the space bar, delete and capital letters keys - they work everything else out for themselves). I have to say that most teachers I talk to find the "Technology" ELG the easiest for children to get and maybe it needs to be updated and made more challenging?
  6. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    A good point, @Gemget84 - you do see many young children sitting in their pushchairs with an iPad or playing a game on mum or dad's phone in a coffee shop to keep them occupied. I think the most important skills at EYFS are social and when the children are ready, starting on holding a pencil correctly and writing letters/their name, counting and phonics. I know of a boy who was reading when he was three years old but the concern from the Nursery staff was that his mouse skills were poor! This was because he read books and was read to at home and did not spend his time at a computer! Now at age twelve this boy is extremely proficient in computer technology and helps the IT technician in his lunch breaks; so I would say lack of proficiency with technology at EYFS level is not a concern at all. It will all come, because technology is part of today's child's world. I would rather see EYFS children talking with each other, playing, sharing, interacting, dancing, singing and learning to love books rather than honing their mouse skills!
    Kartoshka likes this.
  7. jbasketts

    jbasketts New commenter

    Thanks @squashball and @ViolaClef - you both make very valid points.

    @squashball I have seen this a lot lately and not just from young children! I was working with a group of trainee teachers recently in a computer suite and they were trying to swipe the screens too!

    @ViolaClef I think you've summed up my dilemma. Although I'm an educational technology specialist I'm not convinced that we have to teach children about the technology itself, and I wonder whether, when it's not used to foster communication and social / higher order skills, it's a hindrance rather than a help at times.
  8. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Yes, @jbasketts, I think you are right. Many children have access to all kinds of technology at home and are very adept with it at an early age. It is often the children who will be suggesting solutions to the teacher when the technology goes wrong in the classroom or who will sort each others' problems out on an iPad. It's hard to imagine sometimes, but the children we teach have never known a day before the Internet, before being able to google any question or ask siri. Many of them are very savvy about how to use the technology and spend a good deal of their time engaged with technology. This creates a different issue for the teachers of young children. I think it's increasingly the social, practical and language skills which need nurturing away from a screen.
    jbasketts likes this.
  9. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I think that the computer mouse may well be obsolete in the not-too-distant future.

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