I am studying to become an early childhood teacher. I am six subjects away from finishing my degree. This subject I have put off for many reasons, the subject has a prac component which affects me financially, the workload is quite heavy and time consuming, I have heard many horror stories from students via facebook forums, the subject is about the value ICT can have in pedagogy (something I am still struggling with).
So I decided to have a look at where my passion lies, early childhood, and ask the question, why (not) ICT in early childhood?
My personal answer heavily influenced by my opinion is there is no need for ICT in early childhood, they have enough exposure and opportunities at home/out of school. Why do they need more at school/daycare? I am also conflicted as I am also completing EDE3101 Play and Pedagogy. This course discusses the terms functional play, dramatic play and constructive play. Do children in this new technology driven world have any opportunities to experience these types of play? If we implement ICT in early childhood will ICT take over and the children not learn how to play?
After reading Sherrynjohns’s blog called Why use ICT in Early Childhood? and watching the short clip also called Why use ICT in Early Childhood? I can see the value of some ICT in early childhood. As I progress through this course it is also opening my eyes as to what ICT use actually is. For a lesson to meet ICT use the student needs to be in control of the ICT. Many teachers believe as long as they have the interactive whiteboard on and the students have watched something, they have met ICT curriculum. This is not so, students need to be in control of the ICT.
When considering this topic blog, I read Sherrynjohns’s blog, Chloemprice’s blog and Becsavuni2016edc3100’s blog. Becsavuni2016edc3100 also shared a great short clip as to why ICT can be valued in early childhood. They all discuss the ‘Big Three Framework (Kirschner & Wopereis, 2013):
- Preparing the next generation for the workforce;
- Making schools more efficient and productive;
- Enhancing and transforming learning and teaching.
I can understand the importance of ICT in early childhood and the three framework also highlights the reasons why it is so important. But …….
Isn’t play still important? Do young children learn more through play (functional, dramatic and constructive) with face to face interaction? Do they not need these skills to also live in this world? Can there be a balance of both? These questions can lead us back to the question are digital technologies making us anti-social? Do we want to teach our children that digital technologies is the only why to communicate?
My last thought………..
What is so wrong with making mud pies and tasting them, dressing up and playing mums, dads and babies, making collage and gluing everything and anything to a cereal box while also taste testing the glue?
Becsavuni2016edc3100. (2016). The Anti Social Network. Retrieved from https://becsavuni2016edc3100.wordpress.com/
Chloemprice Blog. (2016). Why (not) use ICT and Pedagogy? Retrieved from https://chloemprice.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/why-not-use-ict-and-pedagogy/
Constructive Play definition. Retrieved from http://www.playgroundprofessionals.com/encyclopedia/c/constructive-play
Dramatic Play definition. Retrieved from http://www.playgroundprofessionals.com/encyclopedia/d/dramatic-play
Fagan, T. (2012). Why ICT in Early Childhood Education? Retrieved from http://www.edtalks.org/video/tara-fagan-why-ict-early-childhood-education
Functional Play definition. Retrieved from http://www.playgroundprofessionals.com/encyclopedia/f/functional-play
Kirschner, P., & Wopereis, I. G. J. H. (2003). Mindtools for teacher communities: a European perspective. Technology, Pedagogy and Education.
Picture – children using ipads sitting in a circle. Retrieved from https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPQAAAAJDZlYmYzNjUwLTUyMzctNGJlMy05YTA1LWU2NTBhNTVhYzVjNg.jpg
Picture – collage box. Retrieved from http://www.parsleypie.com/wp-content/gallery/amazing-finished-masterpieces-3/feather-box-collage-parsley-pie-art-club-childrens-paintings-kids-art-classes.jpg
Picture – home corner. Retrieved from http://www.bacup.lancs.sch.uk/images/library/home%20corner.jpg
Picture – mud pies. Retrieved from http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/mud-pie-kitchen-sensory-play.jpg
Sherrynjohns Blog. (2016). Why use ICT in Early Childhood? Retrieved from https://sherrynjohns.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/why-use-ict-in-early-childhood-education/