Volume 4, Number 1 - April 2015


Smart devices for supporting inquiry and conversations in early childhood education

This article outlines the findings of a qualitative study investigating the deployment of a set of smart devices at an early childhood centre in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The devices were introduced into the centre to support the children’s learning and communication. This study is a follow up to an earlier three month project launched in 2012, which focused on introducing devices into the kindergarten. The aim of this study is to determine how the teachers were using the devices two years since this trial. The study focused on how the teachers were using the devices to support teaching practice and inquiry. The findings indicated that the devices had become an embedded part of the culture of the centre. There was clear evidence that the teachers were actively engaging with the children’s learning and developing strategies for improving their teaching and learning. The study provides pedagogically sound examples of the use of mobile devices in supporting effective teaching and learning within the early childhood sector.

 

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