Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 99–104 | Cite as

The Use of Computer Assisted Instruction in Preschool Education: Making Teaching Meaningful

  • Nicholas Vernadakis
  • Andreas Avgerinos
  • Efi Tsitskari
  • Evridiki Zachopoulou
Article

Abstract

Computers are increasingly a part of preschooler’s lives. The purpose of the present paper was to discuss research avenues employing computers as a learning tool and to analyse the results obtained by this method at the preschoolers’ learning level. Specifically this research was to determine if computer assisted instruction (CAI) was a useful tool to enhance cognitive, emotional, linguistic, and literacy skills in preschool children. CAI programmes may never replace the book and the blackboard but one should be aware that they were more accessible by young children, who learn better with pictures and sounds, and the proper use of appropriate programmes could make a considerable difference.

Keywords

technology computer assisted instruction preschool education interactive learning environments cognitive skills literacy skills 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Vernadakis
    • 1
    • 3
  • Andreas Avgerinos
    • 1
  • Efi Tsitskari
    • 1
  • Evridiki Zachopoulou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physical Education and Sport ScienceDemocritus University of ThraceThessaloniki, SykiesGreece
  2. 2.Department of Early Childhood Care and EducationTechnological Educational Institution of ThessalonikiThessaloniki, SykiesGreece
  3. 3.Department of Physical Education and Sport ScienceDemocritus University of ThraceThessaloniki, SykiesGreece

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