Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers

Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers

By Michael Hilkemeijer

Early childhood educators along with parents and young children all live in an ICT-integrated society. Children today are already effected by the presence of ICT in their lives both in their play and their learning. However, due to their familiarity of ICT in their lives there are already comparisons being made between ICT and television in relation to there being a danger of it ceasing to become a serious medium for learning and instead seen as a medium for fun (Robertson, 1998 as cited in Kennewell et al. 2000).

To put it simply….exposure to ICT is not sufficient to ensure that learning occurs in either a curriculum subject or in ICT. It will not develop their ICT capability.

Although these new ICT tools may hold great promise for teaching and learning when they are used intentionally, appropriately and effectively early childhood educators must be conscious of the kinds of learning interactions they would like to occur in the context of ICT and adopt ICT pedagogical strategies to support these.

As active participants in an ICT-integrated world, you need in-depth and ongoing support in order to make informed decisions about ICT and its effective use in learning environments for children. The expertise you will gain in the selection, use, integration and evaluation of ICT as tools in early childhood settings is at the heart  of what it means to be a 21st century educator.

 

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ICT matters in early childhood education because:

  1. Children’s early childhood education should reflect and connect to their real-world experiences. ICT already effects the people and the environment that surround young children;
  2. ICT provides many new opportunities to enhance different aspects of early childhood education practices such as learning and play experiences;
  3. The development of ICT capability through the integration of digital technologies in the Australian Curriculum – Foundation to Year 2 particularly – builds on the outcomes highlighted for children in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Throughout primary education it is expected that children will progress in their capabilities in ICT based on the objectives of the ICT Capability Learning Continuum.

 

Internationally, there is now a strong focus on the development of ICT policy, the integration of ICT across the entire education sector.

Continuous professional development of early childhood educators is a key requirement of the productive integration of ICT into the teaching and learning of children.

 

This Educator Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators is effective for:

 

Completing this course will contribute to 5 hours of PD addressing 2.6.2, 4.5.2 and 5.1.2 of Australian Professional Standard for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient teacher accreditation in NSW, QLD, Vic and ACT.

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