The web is no longer just a source ofstatic information.Users expect to contribute to content.Content changes much more quickly.Collected knowledgeHow do we know what to trust? Image from www.learnit2.com/tutorial%20018/index.html
Images from www.apple.com 2010: Introduction of the iPad A “Game Changer” for ECE? Babies using iPads?• What do you think?
The “old” question: Should youngchildren use technology?The “new” question: When and howshould young children be introducedto technology?▫ How early is too early?▫ What’s developmentally appropriate in Preschool? Early elementary? Later elementary?
Familiar tool; part of child’s worldAuthentic way to explore new topicsChance to createWay to share creations and receivefeedbackSupports critical thinkingChance to work together
Can be a passive activitySometimes overusedDevelopmentally inappropriate usesUnequal access to tech toolsSafety concerns for children online
Many programs targeted at youngchildren are developmentallyinappropriate▫ Websites▫ Software▫ AppsFocus on drill and practiceRequire skills that children don’t haveNo active engagement
Decreases creativityReduces problem-solvingReduces children’s motivation to usethe computerIncreases frustrationRequires quick reaction timeNo way out
Always review websites thoroughlyWatch for similar addresses!Set limits on children’s online accessSupervise carefullyTeach children “safe surfing”
1. Direct teaching with children2. Hands-on discovery learning3. Adult planning and collaboration4. Communication with families
Developmentally appropriateUsed only when it’s the best toolAvailable as just another learningmaterialUsed for exploration and discoveryA chance for collaborative learningAvailable to all childrenAdult-monitored!
Exploratory study of preschoolers’ use ofiPadsAreas of interest▫ Cooperation and social interaction▫ Science investigation▫ Communication and storytellingQuestions to address▫ How can we push children beyond “playing games”▫ How can we help children see iPads as multi- use tools?
Collaborative use of iPadsInitial exploration▫ Drawing▫ Photos▫ Playing gamesField trip photosResearching classroom questionsSmall group comparison activity
Photos taken by children using the iPadDue to size and weight of the iPad,using the camera app is acooperative activity
Teachers record research questionsChildren are encouraged to make inquiriesfor research. iPads are used to gather information. Teachers attempt to make use of visual literacy whenever possible.
Some children are already familiar withiPadsMost children learn quickly to navigate theiPad interfaceChildren gravitate to games and see iPadsas “toys”Introducing other uses is more challengingParents are interested and have their ownideasNew partnerships are forming betweenchildren
Animating DrawingsAnimated Slideshows from PhotosCreating Artwork from Photos
VoiceThread Website and iPhone/iPad App Can narrate an image, series of images, or short video Other visitors can leave comments
Bookmark collectionAccessible from any computerCan be shared with othersCommunication tools▫ Commenting on links▫ Highlights and sticky notes▫ Discussion topic threadsOther social bookmarking sites includeDigg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Reddit(and many others)
How can you use this information?▫ For yourself▫ In training▫ Working with child care providers▫ Working with children
Dr. Diane BalesCooperative ExtensionThe University of Georgiadbales@uga.edu
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