Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Why Technology at King Street?

At King Street Center, we focus on academics, social and emotional health and well-being, and playing. And, increasingly alarmed by the technology gap, we also focus on technological literacy. Why?

The ChildCareExchange points out today that the technology gap is only growing:
New research by Common Sense Media indicates a growing disparity in high-tech access. As reported in Education Week(November 2, 2011), the research indicates, on the one hand, that more than half of young children now have access at home to new mobile devices such as smart phones and iPad type tablets and more than a quarter of parents have downloaded apps for their children to use. On the other hand, only 14 percent of low-income parents have ever downloaded a mobile application for their children, compared with 47 percent of wealthier parents.
Youth at King Street Center have access to desktops, laptops, iPads, digital cameras, writing tablets, scanners, printers, and more. We use this technology to improve academics, to create art, and to develop vital skills with technology that are imperative in work environments.

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