Volume 4, Number 1 - April 2015


Keep it simple: Introducing information and communication technology to early childhood education student teachers

Information and communication technology (ICT) is described as a tool that can be effectively utilised in teaching and learning in all subject areas. This article investigates the impact of hands on ICT experiences on student teachers’ attitude towards ICT integration. This paper explores the best possible ICT experiences for early childhood student teachers, and how these experiences may influence their attitude and beliefs towards ICT integration in teaching and learning.

The hands on tasks at the initial stage were based on common applications such as Publisher and Microsoft Word to compile meaningful and interesting learning/teaching stories that are frequently used in early childhood settings. The feedback from student teachers was positive, highlighting a keen interest to learn ways to utilise ICT as a tool. The next step in this approach will be to repeat the tasks and to compare the feedback.

 

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