Dr Andrew Manches discusses the role of technology in young children’s learning.
A question I often get asked is whether I think that new technologies are good for young children. Predictably, my answer is it depends. Good for having fun? Good for health? The particular focus of my research is on the role of new technologies on children’s learning. Yet even here there are many factors that will influence whether a particular digital design will benefit children. In this blog, I thought to share some of our recent research projects (http://www.children-and-technology.ed.ac.uk/) investigating young children and technology and some of my recent thoughts on what role new designs have for learning.