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Benefits of Introducing Children to Emerging Technologies

With the world moving towards digitalization, emerging technologies continue to change the core of our lives in exciting and unpredictable ways. Without a doubt, technology has enriched our lives with greater convenience.

In a world where children are growing up digitally, learning technologies like virtual reality, IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, robotics and cloud technologies has more benefits than you might imagine.

Here are the main benefits of introducing young children to emerging technologies –

1. Improves Academic Performance

Introducing children to technology and emerging trends can help reimagine the way they approach learning. It engages children in key skills such as self-expression and computational thinking which will later support success across all academic disciplines and help maintain children’s natural curiosity.

  • Math Skills

The conventional belief has always been that children interested in learning anything in the field of AI/ML, Coding and more should develop strong math skills. However, the reverse seems to be true as learning these technologies help children build outstanding math skills. For example, coding teaches kids to visualize abstract concepts, lets them apply maths to real-world situations moreover makes math fun and helps them be creative in mathematical thinking.

  • Breeds Creativity

Developing tech skills speeds up the creative process, enables children to look at things from different perspectives and provides children more freedom to test out innovative ideas.

Creativity is a skill that can be developed through the cultivation of the following qualities:

  • An experimenter’s mindset – that allows kids to experiment, explore the ideas, question their assumptions and make mistakes (mainly, learn from them). 
  • Active, project-based learning – to strengthen whole-brain thinking.
  • And most importantly, an inherent desire to be a creator and not just a consumer. 
  • Confidence

An early insight into the premises and perils of programming languages, AI/ML or cloud technologies are proven to instil confidence. When children realize they can create something from what seems like a crazy idea they dreamed of. They build confidence to work through complex challenges and learn to solve problems through accelerating prototypes. 

  • Writing

Technical abilities like coding and programming go hand in hand with writing skills. When children code and create digital storytelling projects, they need to pay special attention to things like syntax and spelling, because if they don’t, the code won’t work.

New-age technology gives children access to a more open-ended medium. For example, programming a story-based game forces kids to think through the details, reduces the blank page syndrome, teaches the value of concision, planning and organizing their thoughts better.

Hence, improve their overall academic performance.

2. Builds Soft Skills

When we think about cloud technologies and robotics, we probably don’t think about soft skills like focus, problem-solving, decision making, communication, collaboration and many more. 

Technology powered learning allows children to direct computers to perform tasks. It helps children to materialise concepts – such as decision making, selection, iteration and sequencing. It also results in a better understanding of different psychological behaviours, developing resilience and thinking logically.

  • Problem Solving

The project-centric nature of learning technology skills allows children to work on their own. The concepts of coding and programming teach kids to approach a large problem by breaking it down into smaller pieces thus children develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Children can use their creative problem-solving capability to face challenges that come their way in the real world. This also helps to instil independent analytical skills by bringing pupils into the decision making and evaluation process. While they do so, they also understand what works and what does not.

  • Resilience

As children find solutions on their own and learn to solve problems, it allows children to see that these challenges they face are simply a part of everyday life–– manageable and to be faced head-on. And, while not knowing the answer is normal, it’s not a reason to give up but to try, try again. Developing resilience early in life helps kids realize that their first attempt at a project may not work, but instead of giving up, they learn to pick themselves up and get back to find alternative solutions that work.

  • Communication

One of the more common soft skills that developing technological expertise teaches is logical communication. It strengthens kids’ verbal and written communication skills as well as the understanding of conversation structure. Think about it this way: Learning different programming languages is learning another language.

Looking for solutions while working on anything technical involves a lot of communication. For example, when children work at a coding task, they have to present, defend and communicate complex ideas in simple terms. It leaves a lot of room to train their communication skills and argumentative skills. 

Part of communicating well is learning to collaborate and work well with others. 

Communication skills are a necessity in many spheres of life. Hence, it’s a win-win all around.

3. Paves a Path to the Future

Knowledge is power. Developing foundational skills in artificial intelligence to blockchain technology and machine learning, not only helps to bring tech-savvy ideas to life but help children develop coveted transferable skills.

  • Empowerment

As kids learn to organize their ideas to programme Apps or design solutions, they learn to make the right choices, take risks, find solutions on their own and yield the best possible outcome. For instance, by learning how to code, children go from being passive users of different apps and games to actively participating in their creation. It results in a sense of empowerment of the self as well as of technology.

  • Career Opportunities

As technology continues to grow and flourish, our economy’s reliance on technology grows every day. When children start becoming technologically literate, it opens doors to future proof careers whether in the information technology sector, finance, retail, healthcare, sports, or others. Early exposure to tech skills lay multiple advantages down the road; from moving ahead of the competition to developing industry-relevant skills and well-paying jobs in the future.

Summing up!

Learning and mastering new-age technological skills enable children to better understand and interact with the world around them. 

When it comes to preparing children for the future, there are few better ways than learning ever-crucial tech skills!

Valuable and necessary in the 21st century, developing technological expertise helps children grow academically, build perseverance and organization skills that can translate into a career.

Plenty of children are naturally curious about new-age technology, so getting them tech-savvy isn’t the hard part. But, it can be difficult to know what’s the right way to introduce them to technologies.

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