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Challenges of embeddng ICT fully in early childhood education

Challenges of embeddng ICT fully in early childhood education

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I am an early years practitioner, working with a group of learners age between 3-5 years. This year my school got ETAC i.e Education Technology across Curriculum. We faced a lot of teething problems. A course was held to help teachers develop their understanding about meaningful integration of technology. Students were given exposure to develop their confidence to handle equipment responsibly as well working on computers, net books or IWB. Still I believe a lot has to be done. I would like to have an insight if any one of you faced any barriers to fully embed ICT into teaching and learning and how you people overcome those issues?


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John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct Faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

Dan, I will have to check out those apps- we are finally getting a set of iPads next year for our school. So I am looking for 1st and 2nd grade apps for my diverse multiage classroom. This year I had a range of reading levels from BR (beginning reader) to level P in the same room. The same skill range can be said for math and writing. So finding apps that can ramp up difficulty will be key.

We are piloting Learning A to Z's "RAZ kids" app on the iPad and web interface on Chromebooks. It is pretty good. It allows kids to set up individualized reading level libraries, read digital books, answer reading comprehension questions, listen to someone read the story to them AND record themselves reading the story and send it to the teacher for them to listen to or conference with. So far we like it, although we would like more stories in the libraries.

samin's picture
samin
Early Years Practitioner

Debra joining discussion forum would also help.

samin's picture
samin
Early Years Practitioner

Well Dan how you integrate technology with curriculum and what challenges you faced? This year we had N Computing system in all our early years classrooms. initially learners took them as a tool to play games and whenever they went to computer station in rotation they quickly log on to their favorite games which they usually play at home. Gradually they learned to use word processing tools like 2publish + for presenting their ideas and opinions.

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samin
Early Years Practitioner

John it seems a good idea can we use the software you are talking about on N computers?

samin's picture
samin
Early Years Practitioner

What do you think what are the barriers that prevent some institution to embed ICT?

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct Faculty Antioch University New England, former Elementary Principal

Samin, Resources. Time and $$ resources. In addition the lack of a champion. Namely a technology champion is someone who see technology as an important tool to education and is willing to promote it within the district and administration and throughout the teaching ranks.

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samin
Early Years Practitioner

What about proper training and willingness to learn on the part of teachers and learners? As few feels reluctant to try new and innovative ways and technological skills of learners are not at the same level. How all these thing can be catered?

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Rabia
manager in school

How can we facilitate parents in understanding the facts about usage of technology in positive ways at home. Mostly parents are worried about keeping balance in providing a freehand to children for using gadgets at home.

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samin
Early Years Practitioner

Conducting sessions with parents in school is always helpful. We gave sessions on e-safety which was appreciated a lot by parents.

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