There are many reasons why technology in preschool education matters. Research shows that technology already has an impact on the people and environments that surround young children. This was acknowledged in the Early Year Learning Framework and that of the Statement for Young Children and Digital Technologies.
Using technology in the preschool classroom is also significant as it offers many opportunities to strengthen many aspects of early childhood education and care practice. You can find out about these here.
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The third reason is to do with the fact that across the globe there has been continuing support and interest for the development and integration of ICT into education policy, curriculum, and practice across all sectors including that of integrating technology in the preschool classroom.
Some examples of technology in preschool classrooms can be broken down into a number of categories:
- Real items of digital technology that work such as iPads and smartphones;
- Real items of digital technology that don’t work;
- Toy technologies that simulate the working of real technology;
- Toy technologies such as wooden washing machines.
And not to forget some of the best types of technology in preschool such as the ones that children made themselves.
Developing ICT Capability in Preschool
There are many roles for technology in preschool, however, one that the literature suggests that preschool teachers in early childhood education should practice is the development of ICT capability.
This stems from the fact that many young children are entering preschool with varying degrees of ICT capability as a result of the exposure to ICT in their lives.
However, the profound effect of this technology in young children’s lives means like many of us that we take it for granted.
Developing ICT capability in preschool is about embedding ICT teaching strategies in preschool and this involves supporting the critical role of preschool teachers in their practice.
This process builds on the ICT capability of preschool teachers so that people like yourself have a well-understanding of the role and potential of ICT for supporting young children’s learning.
What exactly is teacher ICT capability?
It is not just about acquiring ICT skills but developing an understanding and judgement about how to use those ICT techniques appropriately.
The high impact teaching strategies in preschool that this accredited online workshop for preschool teachers are based on the recommendations for ICT professional development for preschool teachers that states the successful integration of technology in the preschool classroom will “depend on the ability of teachers to structure the learning environment in non-traditional ways, to merge new technology with new pedagogy” (UNESCO, 2010).
It discusses a strategy for preschool teachers in early childhood education and care. This particular online workshop for preschool teachers focuses on the first step in the strategy for developing ICT capability that is developing your potential as a preschool teacher.
The ICT teaching strategies in preschool that it promotes builds on your capacity and competency to facilitate the development of ICT capability in pre-schoolers as a result of effectively integrating technology in the preschool classroom.
Integrating ICT is just one of the educational paths as stated by the UNESCO report and as it suggests, the workshop for preschool teachers:
“Utilise one’s emergent digital literacy to integrate new technologies and new pedagogies into the everyday life of the ECE centre, into the learning processes of children in the most efficient, attractive, safe, and productive way.”
Two aspects of this path are to do with the Pedagogy of ICT and Integrating ICT in ECE information.
To achieve the aims of these recommendations, this accredited online workshop for preschool teachers delivers practical and immediately actionable advice on the following:
- The types of technology in preschool that develop ICT capability;
- Using technology in the preschool classroom;
- How to use technology in preschool classrooms that will lead to building on the ICT capability of young children;
- The benefits of technology in preschool.
For example, it examines:
- Technology observation in preschool – it will help you embed formative assessment strategies in the preschool classroom when it comes to integrating technology in the preschool classroom.
- Teaching strategies in Preschool – make instructional decisions that support the development of ICT capability with the use of technology in preschool.
- Unlocking barriers when integrating technology in the preschool classroom.
- How young children learn with technology in preschool?
The expertise that you will take away from these professional development courses for teachers in preschool is all teaching strategies in preschool education that will build on a young child’s home experiences of technology and develop their ICT capability. All of these ICT teaching methods in preschool are aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and endorsed by governing bodies such as NESA and TQI in Australia.
Participants who join the classes of this workshop for preschool teachers not only walk away with an armful of teacher resources for preschool but also will add to their accreditation level as a Proficient teacher.
I encourage you to learn more about this accredited online workshop for preschool teachers and integrate technology in preschool with teaching strategies in early childhood that will build on a child's home experiences of technology. Technology for preschool should always be supported with teaching strategies in early childhood so that young children don't take it for granted and learn to think of it as a tool designed for a specific purpose.
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