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Play = LearningHow Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth$
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Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304381.001.0001

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Computer as Paintbrush: Technology, Play, and the Creative Society

Computer as Paintbrush: Technology, Play, and the Creative Society

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In recent years, a growing number of educators and psychologists have expressed concern that computers are stifling children's learning and creativity and engaging children in mindless interaction and passive consumption. They have a point: today, many computers are used in that way. But that should not be the case. This chapter presents an alternate vision of how children might use computers more like paintbrushes and less like television, opening new opportunities for children to playfully explore, experiment, design, and invent. Illustrative examples are presented to provoke a rethinking of the roles that computers can play in children's lives: as a form of edutainment that promotes playful learning.

Keywords:   computers, play, children, learning, creativity, paintbrushes, edutainment, playful learning

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