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Computers: Are there New Secrets of Childhood?

Computers: Are there New Secrets of Childhood?

by Dr. Paul and Ann Epstein Computers in Montessori early childhood classroom deserve careful study. Just as Dr. Maria Montessori scientifically observed children and developed her didactic materials, we must also completely examine a computer’s benefits and barriers to learning. We believe that computers are tools for thinking and communication. We further believe that computers […]

Using Technology to Adapt to Enforced Quarantine

Using Technology to Adapt to Enforced Quarantine

e are entering uncharted territory with the imminent possibility of wide-scale school closures. During this time, it will be more important than ever that the Montessori community fall back on a forward-looking propensity that goes back to Dr. Montessori herself. Even while it was still an emerging technology, Montessori had produced a “moving picture” about […]

Montessori Education in a Time of  Physical Distancing

Montessori Education in a Time of Physical Distancing

Is the Use of Digital Technology Appropriate in the Context of Montessori Philosophy? Maria Montessori, in an address in 1936 entitled “For Peace,” (2007) discussed how the technologies of her day had brought humankind together and had created a single “great nation” (pp. 24-26): By becoming a single nation, we have finally realized the unconscious […]

Screening Out: Bringing Children Back from Virtual Worlds

Introduction Another great article—thanks to Community Playthings! Often in Montessori schools, parents ask, “Why don’t you have computers or other technology in the early childhood classrooms?” or “Why isn’t there more technology in the elementary classrooms?” In this article, the author talks about “white space.” We understand the value of white space. We understand that […]

Why Our Montessori Classrooms Are Computer Free

      omputers have opened up all sorts of educational opportunities in the last twenty years. Any student pursuing research, from first grade through graduate school, needs to have access to the internet, encyclopedias on CD rom, library data bases, and word processing. Most communications in universities and much of that in the professional […]