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  • Tara Fagan uploaded the resource Screen Time That’s Valuable For Young Kids
    In this Mindshift article, Jordan Shapiro considers screen-time and the role of game-based learning in early childhood.
  • Tara Fagan uploaded the resource iPad Restriction Settings
    Did you know about restriction settings on the ipad? Restrictions enable the user to manage some of the iPads features such as installation and deletion of apps, web access, camera use and facebook access.  If you want to know more about how to...
  • How do I:   Sign out or switch iTunes Accounts Restriction settings on the iPad:  Limiting the websites that can be accessed
  • Should you need to sign out or switch iTunes accounts on the iPad: On the iPad Go to SETTINGS Scroll down to find ITUNES & APP STORE tap on the displayed APPLE ID Select, SIGN OUT  
  • Ann Hatherly commented on the blog Technology concerns
    Hi Jen Your post has drawn such fantastic responses so thanks for posing the question.  It is really helpful for the many other teachers I come across who have the same wonderings as you. The thing that makes digital technology...
  • Heather TeHuia commented on the blog Technology concerns
    ECE changes all the time, as new ideas, research, theories, and practice come to light. Technology is part of that. Teachers should be keeping up to date all the time and the responsibility to ensure teachers are up to date, is the management. It is...
  • Jocelyn Wright commented on the blog Technology concerns
    Hi Jen. Great question. I am working in an environment where teachers are less familiar with technologies than the children. I think there is a difference between the level of capability that teachers need when using laptops (ie. using word...
  • Jen Hall commented on the blog Technology concerns
    Thanks Tara, this is fantastic information that I will hand on to all of our centres. Jen
  • Tara Fagan commented on the blog Technology concerns
    Hi Jen Great question!  Thanks for posting it.   I believe that it is important that children have access to technology in a well-supported ECE environment. ICTs can help support children's interests and learning as well develop...
  • Jen Hall published a blog post Technology concerns
    I am concerned about the pressure from society and ERO/Ministry of Education to include technology within our early childhood curriculum. I acknowlegde that is a part of our every day life now and that children are constantly exposed to it. However,...
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    • Jocelyn Wright

      Hi Jen. Great question. I am working in an environment where teachers are less familiar with technologies than the children. I think there is a difference between the level of capability that teachers need when using laptops (ie. using word documents) in comparison to iPads and apps. Children very quickly drive their own use of iPads as they intuitively try things out and find success. As Tara says, teachers can learn so much from working alongside and watching children.  I think the most important thing that teachers need to be able to do is to select the most appropriate apps to use on the iPads. 

      I can attest to the valuable ways that these technologies can enhance and extend children's learning, and build a stronger community that supports learning. For me the biggest insight I have had has been to see how using technologies such as iPads can have unexpected outcomes. I work with a large number of children who do not share a common first language (English is often their 3rd language). iPads seem to transend the lanuage barrier for groups of these children and some amazing relationships develop. It is absolutely fascinating. 

    • Heather TeHuia

      ECE changes all the time, as new ideas, research, theories, and practice come to light. Technology is part of that. Teachers should be keeping up to date all the time and the responsibility to ensure teachers are up to date, is the management. It is not good enough for a service to claim  we are not providing technology because we dont kno0w how to do it. Is this the same as providing a socio-cultural assessment or any other new idea.

      This was a good question and should make for a good debate.

    • Ann Hatherly

      Hi Jen Your post has drawn such fantastic responses so thanks for posing the question.  It is really helpful for the many other teachers I come across who have the same wonderings as you.

      The thing that makes digital technology valuable (or not as the case maybe) in ECE contexts is good teaching rather than the gear itself. It is just the same as for other activities we offer such as the outdoors or art, the richness of learning largely depends on the teacher. Granted, there are a couple things regarding ICTs that are useful to learn about - good apps that support our curriculum is one, digital safety another. But beyond these nothing works better I find than giving teachers time and permission to play with technology and sometimes be learners alongside the children (Jocelyn's point).

      I agree with Heather that teachers need to be continually reviewing their practices in light of current thinking and this goes as much for their teaching through waterplay or early literacy as it does for digital technologies.


  • Sharon Carlson added a new discussion topic iPad apps and screen time
  • NAEYC Postion state (2012) A quote from this paper: "There has never been a more important time to apply principles of development and learning when considering the use of cutting-edge technologies and new media. When the...
  • This article explored the role of a tablet computer (the Apple iPad) and a shared display as extensions of a practitioner’s repertoire for language learning and literacy practices in a multicultural kindergarten.
  • I have just been reading this online article 'Virtual learning for little ones raises developmental questions'. While not really taking one side of the argument or another it does position some important considerations around the use of technologies...
  • "Children under five years old have an uncanny knack of knowing how to master new technology. From smart phones to tablet computers and game consoles, it is not unusual to see toddlers intuitively swiping screens and confidently pressing buttons....
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    • Jocelyn Wright

      I have just been reading this online article 'Virtual learning for little ones raises developmental questions'. While not really taking one side of the argument or another it does position some important considerations around the use of technologies with our young children, such as:

      • being clear about how and why we use technology
      • using technology in highly engaging ways
      • having time for 'offline' discussion
      • connecting with what children bring, their experiences
      • learning about digital citizenship
      • learning to self regulate

      A comment is made about teachers needing to juggle screen time with hands on activities and pupil:teacher interaction . This got me thinking, does that mean these are seen as either or? In the New Zealand context I would think that teacher child interactions are central to learning with technologies and hands on experiences; you dont have one without the other. Or am I being idealistic?

      This article also introduced me to a concept that really stretched my thinking: online or virtual kindergartens.  What do you think about that?

  • Jenny Eruera added a new discussion topic Samsung tab 2 vs iPad 4 round 1
  • Tara Fagan uploaded the resource Digital Storytelling Workshop Handout
    Resources and links to support Digital Storytelling
  • Tara Fagan uploaded the resource Learning with iPads
    Allanah King is a Blended eLearning Facilitator for CORE Education. In this talk she outlines the main reasons why she likes to facilitate learning with iPads. Learning with iPads from EDtalks on Vimeo.