There has been a fierce debate amongst parents and educators about the use of technology in early learning. A lot of educators have been worried about the use of too much technology thinking that it might limit social interactions and have other negative consequences on young children. Lisa Guernsey, directore of the Learning Technolgies Project and the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, and Michael H. Levine, the executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, have written a book about the challenges of building reading skills in the digital age.
Levine states that "there's so much evidence that reading is a powerful predictor for all that follows, both academically and in terms of success in the job market." And that there is also a reading crisis around the world as children do not seem to have the age-appropriate reading skills anymore.
It is important to find the right balance for the use of technology though. Media has to be used in a healthy way, meaning that parents and educators should also be involved in their children's learning experiences with technology as research has shown that social interactions are absolutely essential for children's learning success.
"But that is something that doesn't only happen when children are reading a print book; those kinds of social interactions can happen around media of all kinds. So one of our big messages is to promote the idea of learning together, using media for both parents and children to engage together around ideas and stories."
Read the full interview here: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/09/how_to_use_technology_to_impro.html