Why use ICT in early childhood education?

 

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I’m studying to be an early childhood teacher.  Because of this I thought it was important that I answer the question why (not) use ICT in the early childhood context. To help me answer this question I watched a really good multimodal video which can be found here. In this blog I’d like to talk about what I learnt from this video.

Young children utilize ICTs frequently in the 21st century and therefore they have become a fundamental learning tool for children to develop their learning in the 21st century. In the early childhood context ICTs help children to communicate, collaborate and be creative in and out of the classroom. In the 21st century ICTs have become a new innovative way for others to be involved in the children’s learning without even having to be in the classroom with the children as they learn. ICTs are a fundamental tool in helping us to communicate and collaborate with others. We can also utilize ICTs to create information.

ICTs are a vital resource for communicating with young children and their families. This communication can be done through the use of ICTs including blogs where details of the child’s learning journey can be updated by the child’s teacher all throughout their education. This is a useful tool for allowing others to keep in touch with their child’s education. Blogs are especially useful for family members that live overseas or in another state and therefore do not get to see their loved ones on a regular basis. Through the use of a blog they are able to see and read about their child’s education and leave comments and feedback to show their support and interest. Through the use of a blog a child can see that their loved ones are showing an interest in their learning and this has a positive effect on young children, as it boosts their self-esteem. It also encourages them to continue to show an interest in learning and therefore a blog becomes a powerful learning tool for young children, as this positive effect will encourage the children to want to select their own work to go up onto their blogs for their families to see rather then the selections being made entirely by the teacher.

ICTs are also a useful tool in helping young children to be creative. Young children can play around with different ICT tools to create work on ICTs such as an iPad or a laptop and if it doesn’t work or doesn’t do what they wanted it to do than they can click the undo button and start again.  This helps young children to learn how to use different ICTs and develop new skills. ICTs can also provide different ways for the children to be creative.

ICTs can also be used in group situations and because of this young children can learn in a collaborative way. This means that they can develop their learning and development a lot further when they work with others around them and begin to learn from their peers (Fagan, 2012).  By using ICTs collaboratively children can also learn to be cooperative, learn how to communicate with others in a positive way, help them develop higher order thinking skills and increase their self-esteem (Cornell University, 2015).  All of these factors that I’ve learnt from this video have taught me how important the use of ICTs in the children’s learning is and I am excited to learn new innovative ways to incorporate ICTs and pedagogy into the classroom in the near future.

 

References

Child on a computer [Image].  (n.d.).  Retrieved

from http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/approaches

       /ictineducation/roleofictinlearning.asp

Cornell University.  (2015).  Collaborative Learning: Group Work.  Retrieved March 7, 2016,

from http://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/engaging-students/collaborative-

       learning.html

Fagan, T.  (2012).  Why ICT in early childhood education? [Video].  Retrieved from

http://www.edtalks.org/video/tara-fagan-why-ict-early-childhood-education

 

 

 

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