Mobile Learning in ECE - Key Findings
05 Jun, 2017
By Michael Hilkemeijer
A recent study on the use of mobile learning in Early Childhood Education has revealed some key findings and recommendations. The pilot project titled “Developing the use of portable devices in early years learning” examined the long term use of iPads in Primary schools in Northern Ireland.
It assessed the use of iPads in the Early Years and Foundation Stage of learning and the key findings focused on:
- Impact on literacy and numeracy;
- Impact on teacher’s professional learning;
- Impact on leadership and management and;
- Impact on parental involvement.
Amongst these findings were signs of positive use with iPads such as:
- Belief that iPads have had a positive impact on the development of literacy and numeracy;
- Enhanced communication skills;
- That iPads enhances numeracy skills in a more engaging and exciting way than traditional practices;
- Digital technology compliments existing teaching practices;
- Open-ended apps provides students with a range of literacy and numeracy activities;
- Children view the use of iPads as a play toy and;
- There was evidence of a range of competency and creativity in the use of digital technologies.
In terms of teacher professional development it found that:
Based on these findings some of the recommendations included the following:
To view this report click here.