As a secondary English teacher and parent of two children who participated in TechKnowKids classes, I strongly believe that TechKnowKids significantly supports a child’s engagement in academic and social worlds. Indeed, for young learners there is little difference.
Initially, I enrolled Hannah for the benefits I perceived in early computer use. I hoped she would get a basic introduction to a tool she would use in, at least, her Infants/Primary education. I assumed that she would be familiarised with the keyboard and the use of the mouse. I hoped that the experience would increase her hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills. I was pleased that these skills were learned by my daughter (and son) but the benefit was not here alone.
I was impressed with the educational programs that the children experienced. The literacy and numeracy programs, for example, built skills in letter and sound recognition and early number patterns. They were colourful and appealing. The worksheets that came home effectively reinforced the key skill of each lesson. In addition to the significant improvement in letter and number, was the growth in the social and communication fields which coincided with attending TechKnowKids classes, particularly in William. I believe that the TechKnowKids learning environment provided a focus for thought and oral/aural engagement, which is evident in increased listening skills, augmented vocabulary and a more organised and logical explanation of ideas and experiences.
I strongly believe that all educational outcomes are improved if the educator finds ways to make learning enjoyable. The fun comes with the sense of discovery and challenge. It comes from sharing the experience of learning with others. It is also essential that broad lifelong skills are encouraged from a young age. Learners need to concentrate, to make predictions, and to make mistakes in a way that supports resilient perseverance. TechKnowKids classes reflect these educational philosophies.
TechKnowKids is a wonderful opportunity for little learners.
Rachel Morgan, Secondary English Teacher