Touch screen computers

A touch screen computer is an advanced technology that engages children in our nursery, allowing them to document processes with their fingers.

What is written, drawn and created on the computer appears instantly, where it can then be saved and printed.

The children can develop social, emotional and technological skills through use of a touch screen computer, as well as developing fine-motor skills such as hand-eye coordination.

Children are able to imaginatively create, as well as edit and alter, continuously learning about graphics, design, and modern processes. The benefits are profound. Children collaborate more, swap ideas, help each other and enhance their language skills. We’ve found:

  • Children are inspired and delighted by using the touch-screen computers.

  • They love to touch it and make things happen – after all its an intuitive reaction for them!

  • They enhance their motor skills, speech and language, reading and writing, number skills, memory and social development, and IT skills.

  • The visual presentation, highly motivating graphics and sound, and immediate feedback enables the children to learn at their own pace.

Curriculum for excellence early level outcome for technology:

“I enjoy playing with and exploring technologies to discover what they can do and how they can help us”

Touch screen computers can be used to support many aspects of Curriculum for Excellence:

  • Curiosity and problem-solving skills

  • Planning and organisational skills

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Skills in using tools, equipment, software and materials

  • Critical thinking through exploration and discovery

  • Searching and retrieving information

  • Making connections between specialist skills

Frequently asked questions about our technology

Frequently asked questions

Isn’t using touch-screen computer an isolating experience?

At Lyndhurst we believe in all types of education. Whereas real play develops all sorts of social skills within children, a touch-screen computer allows a child to interact and learn on a whole new level.

Aren’t ‘computers too early’ for little ones who should really be scampering around?

Not at all. At Lyndhurst we believe in play – real games, real people, real learning. Digging, splashing, hopping, building. Whiteboards bring the children a whole new realm of experience and achievement.

What sort of activities do the children get up to on the touch-screen computers?

We are about to issue some educational software covering literacy and science for use on the PCs, we intend to link the PC with digital and video cameras that the children will be able to use within the nursery. We are also keen to introduce technology into the nurseries so that the children gain confidence with the equipment before they proceed into new education levels where much of this technology already resides.

Do these computers have cameras?

The computers do have cameras but the computer is not connected to any network and cannot be accessed remotely. The internal camera is very useful as it opens up opportunities to visually interact with programs.

At what age does computer teaching start?

We take guidance from our internal managers qualified in Early Years, however, as all our lives are surrounded in technology, the sooner an individual gains confidence in the use of technology, the better it will be for them.