Planning for the integration of technology ensures that ICT/technology is viewed as a tool to support and enhance teaching and learning.
When ICT is used imaginatively in the curriculum and is threaded through all EYLF goals, what is taught and learned is further developed and the effectiveness of the learning process is increased. The following are some of the most effective technology teaching strategies for preschool teachers.
Preschool teacher technology teaching strategies
Analyse the situation. Effective teaching depends on effective planning and this depends on a thorough analysis of the situation at the outset. You need to be asking questions when preparing to integrate technology. As young children begin their education with you, it is essential that you establish a relationship with parents and/or carers and learn about the children’s ICT home experiences.
Embed formative assessment in preschool. Good tech observation will benefit planning for technology integration as well as with arming you with making judgements about the conceptual and procedural technological knowledge of the children. Don’t make judgements on young children’s technology behaviour such as praising their use.
Make instructional decisions about technology teaching strategies. As young children enter preschool with varying amounts of ICT capability, their ICT capability can progress. Within your classroom, implement teacher-tested strategies that will enable the development of ICT capability and ICT literacy such as planning and seeking to develop all components of ICT capability. Exposure is not sufficient to develop it. Discuss with the children what they are doing at the process level for example.
Understand the role of Technology in STEM in preschool. You need to examine how technology can aid inquiry learning in preschool. What about ICT-assisted project-based learning in preschool? Have you considered the benefits?
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