Great Teaching Methods in Early Childhood

Accredited Online Professional Development for Teachers - Assessing Student ICT Capability

By Michael Hilkemeijer

 

I’m Michael Hilkemeijer and I help early childhood teachers optimise technology in early childhood education.

For over 10 years I have been delivering ICT teaching and learning methods in education.

Now I would like to invite you to join your colleagues in my accredited online workshop for preschool teachers.

 

 

I began my service in teacher online workshops in order to provide immediate and actionable advice on the best practices in early childhood education and care.

Much of my research can be found in my early childhood education blogs and some will give you an insight into the content theory in my professional development courses.

 

 

Why is Tech PD for early childhood educators important?

It is no secret that young children are growing up in a technologically dominated society.

 

So there is no denying that whichever way you feel about the use of technology in early childhood education, that they are surrounded by people who use it every day.

 

For you as an early childhood teacher it means bringing in young children with a degree of ICT capability and ICT literacy into your centre or school.

 

My belief is that this is first step towards their journey in ICT capability development and this is a fact where I am not alone in this theory.

 

Key literature about ICT in ECE and scholars such as John Siraj-Blatchford have emphasised the importance of the need to develop ICT capability and ICT literacy as part of early childhood education activities.

 

Teaching methods in early childhood education

 

Technology teaching methods in Early Childhood Education

Despite the importance of ICT capability development in ECE I believed there needed to be more to this.

 

And I was right.

 

Something else which the literate was telling me was the fact that due the increasing presence of technology in young children’s lives, we have a habit of ‘taking it for granted’.

 

DO YOU AGREE?

 

This prompted me to develop and facilitate an online workshop for preschool teachers which focused on the best ICT teaching methods in early childhood education and care.

 

I began researching further into this and came across a very important fact to remember for all teachers.

 

Exposure to ICT is not sufficient in itself to ensure that learning progression occurs in ICT capability and ICT literacy.

 

“There are already signs that, like television, ICT is becoming a familiar feature in children’s lives and consequently is in danger of ceasing to be regarded as a serious medium for learning, instead seen as a medium for fun “(Robertson, 1998 as cited in Kennewell et al., 2000, p. 49).

 

 

Do you agree?

 

Thus, further research into how this be prevented in early learning environments began and the subsequent development of the online workshop for preschool teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

online workshop for preschool teachers

 

Great Technology Teaching Methods in Early Childhood

The tech PD for early childhood teachers would encompass a number of different teaching methods in early childhood education and care.

 

Analyse the situation

For any significant planning in the integration of technology in early childhood education there needs to be a thorough analysis conducted.

 

This would include of the issues involved, but also by taking a look at your own competency in ICT as this directly impacts learning and development.

 

Formative Assessment in Early Childhood

Early childhood teachers know this all too well as they spend a lot of time observing and documenting children’s learning especially in literacy and numeracy.

 

Why shouldn’t this be the same for a child’s ICT capability?

 

Ask yourself how you discuss a child’s use of ICT in early childhood with their parents or carers.

 

Do you mention what they are capable of? Do you fully understand what it means to be an ICT capable child?

 

 

Formative assessment strategies in early childhood education and care will also provide you with a starting point for a child’s learning journey in ICT capability and ICT literacy.

 

From this, you should be able to make clear connections between the EYLF outcomes and the Australian Curriculum for example.

 

 

Evidence based ICT teaching methods in early childhood education

What does the term ICT capability mean to you?

 

Have you ever heard of it besides being mentioned in the national curriculum?

 

There has been past research and studies conducted into what actually constitutes as ICT capability, particularly in the UK, where key early childhood scholars like John Siraj-Blatchford resides.

 

From my studies I compiled practical and immediately actionable advice on the best practices to begin the foundations of ICT capability in early childhood education and care.

 

For example, did you know that there are actually five components to ICT capability?

 

An ICT capable child is someone who has the disposition to construct ICT solutions to problems which are appropriate to the context and are based on knowledge of the opportunities and limitations of the ICT tools available.

 

Other examples of ICT teaching strategies in early childhood included in the online workshop are:

  • Building on home experiences of ICT;
  • Using assessment to develop ICT teaching strategies;
  • Facilitating capabilities in ICT;
  • Supporting digital play;
  • Stimulating and structuring learning progression;
  • Differentiated instruction with technology and;
  • Developing child independence and autonomy with ICT.

 

 

STEM in Early Childhood

Such a significant part of education these days it was hard not to include this.

 

In the midst of all things STEM is Technology!

 

Key topics covered includes:

  • ICT-assisted project based learning in early childhood.
  • Integrating technology in Inquiry based learning.
  • Science and technology in early childhood education.

 

Protecting the Digital child

An essential part of a child’s education on ICT in society is being able to use it safely.

 

We look at:

  • Digital citizenship;
  • E-safety;
  • Cyberbullying;
  • Being safe online.

 

 

Practicing Inclusion with ICT

The use of technology in early childhood education can level the playing field for young children as it provides them all with access to the early years curriculum.

 

Discover how you can create a UDL framework for inclusion with ICT.

 

 

 

Our online workshop for preschool teachers delivers practical and immediately actionable advice you can embed technology teaching methods in early childhood education that will develop both ICT capability and ICT literacy.

 

As an accredited online workshop through NESA and TQI, you can be assured of teacher quality professional learning.

 

Completing this online workshop for preschool teachers will contribute to 5 hours of NESA and TQI PD addressing 2.6.2, 4.5.2 and 5.1.2 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient teacher accreditation in NSW, ACT, Qld and Victoria.

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