How can ICT enrich the ECE learning environment

Teaching Strategies

By Michael Hilkemeijer

 

Have you ever wondered how ICT can be used to support children’s learning?

 

One such way in which ICT can support learning and development in early childhood is through its rich contributions to children’s literacy and language development in either speaking, listening, reading or writing.

 

All of these are interrelated and can make an enormous impact on learning.

 

The value of these ICT tools in learning and development in early childhood is that it naturally brings young children together to collaborate and discuss what is happening.

 

Language can be demonstrated in the learning environment when children:

  • Use their home language to construct meaning.
  • Develop strong foundations in both culture and language/s of their family and of the broader community.
  • Experience and share personal successes in learning and initiate opportunities for new learning in their home languages.
  • Begin to understand key literacy and numeracy processes.
  • Actively use, engage with and share the enjoyment of language and text in a range of ways.

                                                                                                                      (EYLF, 2019)

Therefore, your goals as an early childhood teacher should be to:

 

  • Build on the knowledge, languages and understandings that the children bring.
  • Actively support the maintenance of home language and culture.
  • Model languages that children can use to express ideas, negotiate roles and collaborate to achieve goals.
  • Expose children to a wide variety of different languages using ICT and non-ICT resources.
  • Encourage children to use language to describe and explain their ideas.
  • Model language and encourage children to express themselves.
  • Encourage the use of and acquisition of home languages.

 

There are many ICT activities for Early Childhood that can promote language development. 

Word processors that talk is one of the most effective activities which you can use in child development as it allows them to play with language. This is because word processing is closely associated with literacy and language work at all levels and as a consequence has a contribution to make across the curriculum.

 

Computers in the classroom can offer a print rich environment enabling young children to make banners, signs and other props for role playing.

 

If used effectively, ICT tools can offer a variety of ways for children to weave together words and pictures. Putting captions onto photos offers opportunities to develop children’s written language skills, while leaving captions off can promote children’s oral language skills.

 

These are just some ways in which ICT can support children's learning and development.

 

However, new technologies requires new literacy competencies and new pedagogy. The successful integration of ICT into the early childhood learning environment, will depend on your ability to structure the learning environment in non-traditional ways, to merge new technology with new pedagogy and to develop socially active classrooms which encourage cooperative interaction, collaborative learning and group work.

 

ICT supporting language development in Early Childhood

Yet, how can ICT be used on the development of language of a child in early childhood if the teacher is not knowledgeable?

 

Effective learning and development for young children requires high-quality care and education by practitioners.

 

Effective use of ICT in early childhood and the foundation stages requires a particular type of knowledge in the teacher.

 

The extent to which ICT is used effectively in literacy and language development depend to a large extent on the teacher’s own personal capabilities in ICT and in literacy and language teaching.

 

If ICT can be used so effectively in literacy and language development, then ICT capability should also be taught.

 

Yet to be an ICT capable teacher, is not to know everything about ICT, but developing an understanding and judgement about how to use ICT skills appropriately.

 

Integrating ICT into Early Childhood is not just about learning about new technologies.

 

It is also about utilising your digital literacy to integrate new pedagogies into the every life of your Early Childhood Education centre.

 

And into the learning processes of children in the most efficient, attractive, safe and productive way.

 

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Our ICT online course for early childhood teachers will deliver practical and immediately actionable advice that will build and develop your ICT capabilities.

 

One of the recommendations found in research in relation to Developing ICT Capability in Early Childhood Education Centres today.

 

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ICT supporting language development in Early Childhood

Language development with ICT in Early Childhood

This course is for early childhood teachers such as Preschool and Kindergarten teachers who want to learn how to support learning and development with ICT tools in early childhood education centres so that they can maximise the use of ICT in their in early childhood education centre.

It is also for K-2 teachers in Primary education.

 

Teacher Takeaways

By joining the class now, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of ICT in Early Childhood Education.
  • Maximise formative assessment strategies in ICT activities, tasks and projects.
  • Select developmentally appropriate ICT tools.
  • Employ evidence based ICT teaching strategies to develop ICT capability in Early Childhood.
  • Promote literacy, language and numeracy development with ICT.
  • Encourage creative uses of ICT.
  • Facilitate the progression of ICT capability in Early Childhood.
  • Integrate ICT effectively in STEM activities.
  • Be knowledgeable about safety concerns when using ICT.
  • Reflect on your teaching and learning with ICT.
  • Boost your confidence and competence in ICT integration.
  • Implement a universal framework for inclusion with technology.

 

 

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Discover the impact of technology in Early Childhood Education through our jam packed modules!

Section 1: An Analyses of ICT in Early Childhood

In this module, I begin the course by taking you through an examination and reasons why the effective development of ICT capability in Early Childhood is needed. Then I get you to take a look at where you are in terms of your own professional learning by using teacher standards recognised in Australia and asking you to partake in a self-assessment of your own capabilities in ICT.

 

There are 8 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Course Introduction.
  • Determining your professional learning needs.
  • Professional development in ICT in ECE.
  • How children learn with ICT in Early Childhood.
  • Key issues in ICT in Early childhood - what are some disadvantages of technology in early childhood education?
  • Unlocking barriers to integration of ICT in Early childhood.
  • What is ICT capability?
  • Conducting a self-analysis/assessment.

 

Section 2: Formative Assessment strategies in ICT

I chose to put this module about formative assessment first because of its connections to forward planning. Gathering the information you need to effectively plan for a child’s development in literacy, language or numeracy is vital and it is no different in relation to ICT capability. We all live in an ICT-integrated world, even children do as well, so learning about their home uses of ICT and developing a plan from there will help you.

 

There are 15 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Module introduction.
  • Planning for use of ICT in ECE - learn about technology for early childhood education. Receive a benefits of technology in early childhood education pdf. 
  • Monitoring and Observing ICT use with young children.
  • Assessment for learning.
  • Documentation.
  • Sharing Perspectives and Effective transition writing.
  • Enabling the environment for AfL.
  • Involving parents and carers.
  • Providing feedback.
  • Designing effective discussions, tasks and activities.
  • Module Reflection
  • Access to module ebook
  • Extra video content from myself.

 

Section 3: Employing Evidence based ICT teaching Strategies

These strategies are not my own but come from the most ICT capable classrooms around. Some may seem more suitable for older children, however, the importance of this it that if young children are to progress in their capabilities throughout their schooling career, then we ALL need to share the same perspective about ICT capability. You will find that many of them can be easily adapted to learning needs of young children.

 

There are 13 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Module introduction.
  • Using assessment to develop teaching strategies.
  • What is the ideal outcome?
  • Facilitating capabilities in ICT.
  • Providing effective support.
  • How to stimulate and structure learning.
  • Developing autonomy.
  • Supporting digital play.
  • Building on home use of ICT.
  • Other strategies.
  • Plan of Action.
  • Module reflection.
  • Video content from myself.

 

Section 4: Embedding ICT in STEM activities in the Early Years

STEM is fast becoming a core subject throughout all sectors of education including Early Childhood. So I have put together the best practices for you to make the most out of effectively integrating ICT to support the learning of science, maths and engineering. 

Science and technology in early childhood education complement each other and you will be able to determine the role of technology.

 

There are 8 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Module introduction.
  • Technology teaching strategies in STEM.
  • Inquiry based learning.
  • ICT-assisted Project based Learning.
  • Reflecting on your technology experience.
  • ICT’s role in STEM.
  • Plan of Action.
  • Module Reflection.

 

Section 5: Practicing Inclusion with ICT in Early Childhood

ICT is a great enabler of inclusion as it provides a level playing field so to speak for every child to learn from the curriculum. This includes SEN children, gifted children and Dual Language Learners. Learn about some examples of assistive technology in early childhood education. 

 

There are 6 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Key issues to consider.
  • Managing the inclusive environment.
  • Implementing a Universal Design for Learning for Early Childhood.
  • What is E-inclusion?
  • Developing an inclusive practice.
  • Module Ebook.

 

Section 6: Using ICT in Literacy, Language and Numeracy

The development of a child in these areas is of utmost importance in Early Childhood. ICT if used effectively can greatly enhance their learning given the proper support and scaffolding.

 

There are 4 areas covered in this module which include:

 

  • Literacy and Language learning with ICT.
  • Numeracy, Problem solving and ICT.
  • Video content from me.
  • Module Reflection.

 

 

Section 7: Educational ICT Tools for P-2 Learning Environments.

In this module I have included what some of the best ICT tools are available in early childhood from P-2. This includes creativity, language and other appropriate ICT resources. Throughout it we provide you with examples of technology in early childhood education.

 

This module covers areas which include:

 

 

Section 8: Protecting the Digital Child

The health and safety of young children’s use of ICT in the learning environment should always be practiced. In this module, you will important information to do with e-safety and what you can do as an early childhood teacher to ensure the children and parents are educated about using ICT in their lives.

 

Continual Professional Learning for Early Childhood Teachers

Once you have completed the course, you can read our free technology in early childhood education articles to further your learning. 

 

The role of technology in early childhood education is very important. Studies indicate that when using ICT, teachers need to be aware of their role in guiding the children.

 

There are many benefits of technology in early childhood education and you will discover them all here.

 

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