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Childhood in the digital age
Childhood in the digital age

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Week 3: Learning to think in a digital age


You will now move on from the social world of children to the potential influence of digital technology on children’s learning.

This short video introduces you to some of the key ideas about how we learn. It is not a simple case of inputting knowledge and experiences into the brain; getting to grips with the different ways in which we learn is the starting point for understanding development.

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This week you’ll consider in particular how children might be processing new information differently with and without technology. How does digital technology help to mould the learning mind? How do the social and other experiences it offers influence our ability to learn or to retain new information, and do these experiences actually affect how we think, feel and develop?