The application of a digital technology solution to pedagogical challenges in teaching young learners

The application of a digital technology solution to pedagogical challenges in teaching young learners


In the 21st century technology has become an integral part of our lives and much so to children and teenagers. The current generation of children spends a considerable amount of time “glued” to smartphones, PlayStation,Xboxes, and computers. Digital devices have become a norm and a necessity among today's youngsters as rely on them for a variety of functions including entertainment and communication. Therefore, it is critical that digital devices are included in the learning process in and beyond the classroom. Stakeholders in the education sector argue that teachers should apply digital technologies to enhance the quality of education as technology is a useful tool in increasing student interaction, motivation and focus in and out of the class(Raith,2019).

In this regard, the essential question that teachers need to ask is whether or not digital technologies assist in the teaching and learning process? It is apparent that digital technologies provide a wide variety of benefits and challenges to both teachers and students. It is hence making the answer to the question unclear. The uncertainty in the answer being,  as a result of limited research evidence to ascertain the level of success of applying digital technologies in teaching for some reasons. Firstly, it has proved quite challenging to compare across surveys as they use a variety of contexts on different samples(Sercu,2013).

In cases where studies focus on a particular angle for instance; the use of a blog to improve the writing skills of EFL students. The results differ as in some cases blogs are perceived to be active while in others they appear to be of no consequence to the learners. Secondly, it is critical to note that research often tends to be subjective as researchers undertake surveys with the primary goal of justifying the thesis. Hence the results are positive and. An objective approach is rarely sort, therefore making it challenging to dispel or and substantiate some theories. On the other hand, some researchers attempt to be, but in one form of the other, they present a biased view. It, therefore, becomes challenging to make generalizations of concepts; for instance; Digital technology assists students to learn better”.

Nonetheless, it is apparent that digital technologies are “powerful” tools in teaching and learning, ignoring their existence, influence and relevance in the education sector would be ill-advised. That said, it is digital technologies should be applied strategically to address challenges or and to provide added benefit to the learners and the teachers. In the following document, the focus is on the application of a digital technology solution to a pedagogical challenge in teaching young learners. The discussion evaluates various problems teachers encounter when teaching young learners and seek to identify a variety of digital technologies that can be applied as a solution to the issues. Furthermore, the discussion defines, describes and evaluates the various digital technologies to ascertain there relevance and practicality as solutions to challenges experienced by young learners teachers. It is important to note that, due to the tender age of students, there are numerous limitations in the use of digital technologies.

Challenges in teaching young learners

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

In the classrooms, teachers are exposed to a wide variety of students, and student needs thus creating numerous issues for the teachers. One major challenge affecting teachers of young learners is addressing the problems associated with children with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental condition affecting children, teenager as well as adults. ADHD is the most common mental condition in children of school going and acts as a significant inhibitor to their ability to learn and retain information. ADHD is commonly exhibited in children by hyperactivity and the inability to control impulses. Therefore, the children encounter issues in paying attention. ADHD affects the child's behavior both at home and at school. Also, ADHD is commonly present in boys as opposed to girls and is often diagnosed in a student's early school years when it is detected that the student is experiencing challenges in paying attention. It is critical to note that there are two types of behavioral characteristics of children with ADHD namely; Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. It is normal that occasionally young learners have issues in paying attention to parents and teachers especially in regards to them waiting for their turn or staying seated. Therefore kids should only be diagnosed with ADHD in cases where their behavior is categorized as extreme. Most important to note is that not all children who experience attention issues have ADHD. Children diagnosed with ADHD must demonstrate symptoms in at least two environments including school and at home. Also, the signs and patterns must exist for more than six months.

ADHD Classroom Challenges

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