I recently read this following post that I found rather intriguing. This is something that is a big step towards the future of teaching in my opinion.
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Using Technology to Support K-4 Learners
Here is a little reflection that I did on this article:
This post by Tech News published on June 20th 2013, talks about a new research taking place in couple of school boards in Alberta. For the purpose of the study, researchers provide children from kindergarten to grades 2 with technology like video cameras, gps, motion detectors, software apps; and children from grades 3 to 4 with digital cameras, Google docs, mind mapping software and presentation tools. Children use these technologies in their daily routines and experiments with them while carrying daily activities. Teachers and educators plan curriculum and activities that allow for children to use these technologies. These technologies provide the chance to educators to come up new and innovative ways to interact with children, and in many cases takes children learning and experiences to the next level. Since this research is only in its 1st of total 2 years it’s hard to say what will become of this and whether other school boards would implement something like this or not, but one thing for sure it does give a person a lot to think about.
In many of the classes we have talked a lot about technologies that could be used by or either with children. These technologies and tools are usually something like a software where children could record themselves or write something. This research or study introduces technologies that adults use in their lives to children. If you step back for a minute and think why a 6-year-old needs a gps, or a motion detector. But the beauty of this is that they lean so much by engaging with it. Also we often talk about the purpose of kindergarten or early school to get children life ready, what is a better way to get them ready than giving them the tools that they would be using in the future (or similar tools, my guess is technology would have advanced way too much that this would be outdated) and letting them use it now.
This article is very useful to me as an ECE because it actually opened my mind up. So far I have only thought that apps on iPads or laptops would be useful to me, but the idea of using motion detectors makes me feel excited. Also this article really indicates what the future is going to look like for our field, and we as ECEs need to be comfortable with using these technologies so we can implement this. It might take few years for the entire Canada to catch on to this but my guess is it will happen eventually and couple of years down the road pre-school and kindergarten classes would be equipped with these tools.
As someone who has taken child development for the past two years I am firm believer that children are like sponges. Backed by science and hard-core research we know that children would pick up on things easier earlier in their life compared to later. Introducing these tools to them sets them up for easier time living in a world where technology is so common and crucial. My pedagogy includes that children learn best when they explore things, nature, and their surroundings on their own and as educators our job is to provide them with tools and moral support that foster their learning. As I said before having these kinds of tools available for children takes their experience of learning to the next level.
I will post the article under the article page if any of you are interested in reading it.
Flexible Pathways to Success: Technology to Design for Diversity
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