In a loose sense, Information technology (IT) is the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. Information technology is widely used in business organizations and now in education and developing young minds. The system is considered to be a subset of information and communications technology (ICT) and is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it encompasses other information distribution technologies like televisions and phones.
With the way the world is evolving over time, it is imperative that young minds are well developed in technology at an early stage of their lives. Ideally, every child should have access to a computer in and out of the classroom. Children need to have a sound knowledge of information technology as it will help them deal better with the modern world.
HOW DOES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) AFFECT A YOUNG CHILD POSITIVELY?
Kids today have wide imaginations. Before now, they could only use pencil crayons, paints and, cardboards as their art supplies to create ideas and convey information. But now, computers, tablets, and phones and so much more have been made available to help them turn their imaginations to reality. With technology and it’s tools, kids can now explore more and actively engage in challenging activities to become more creative.
Take, for example, the learning of robotics - by learning this skill, it provides them with a platform to study more and come up with their own experimentations. Also, the use of a programming tool like Scratch helps children create their own interactive stories, games, arts and lots more.
There are at least 50,000 skills that are worth learning and in high demand in the world today. It is crucial for kids to learn and possess these skills as it helps them to advance in life;
- Builds their critical-thinking skills: As we know, critical thinking requires the use of one's ability to reason. Information technology as a system helps young minds become active learners, providing them with the ability to think in certain ways in order to come up with the best solutions to problems
- Builds their problem-solving skills: The use of technology makes it easy for children to solve problems in and out of the classroom. Technology comes with the opportunity for kids to express themselves in anything they do but with this liberty of expression comes challenges in their tasks which they need to face in order to reach their goal. For example, when trying to fix a bug they find in their code. In turn, they also establish a strong spirit of determination and will be encouraged to come up with their own solutions.
- Builds their communication skills and teamwork: When working as a team, for example, through the activities of coupling their robots and making it move, they learn to communicate with each other as a team in other to come up with mind-blowing ideas to produce the best results. When children work together in groups on a project, it helps them gain technical skills and they learn how to collaborate and communicate with others to pop ideas.
- Builds their language skills: Children can improve their language skills by reading eBooks or stories online which helps them learn new words and how to pronounce them properly.
Technology can also be used as a tool for learning. Learning for kids can be made easy by incorporating tech tools into their learning programs and curriculum. These tech tools can be used in turn with their other learning tools such as art materials, writing materials, books, and even their play materials. This gives children a platform for expressing themselves better and being more productive. For instance, a child is given an assignment or a project, with the use of a computer and internet, they are able to do beyond the norm. By doing research, they learn and arrive with the best solution to a given task.
No one is too young for personal growth and development. With the technology available today, kids have the opportunity to also improve themselves with online tools and materials. There are a lot of self-improvement materials online and these materials help them instill positive thoughts and teach them how to make life decisions at an early stage. Interactive media can be used to explore children’s talent. Do you ever notice a child humming a song from a movie he or she watched or using sticks to drum on a piece of furniture? Who knows? That might just be the child’s calling. When they are exposed to music or various other exercises online, parents can help them discover their interests and build upon them.
The role of information technology (IT) in developing young minds cannot be overemphasized and there is a lot more to consider as to how technology benefits and develops young minds.