ICT in the Early Years
E2BN ICT in the Early Years

Active Learning

Make sure your uses of technology support active learning:

  • Technology requires an understanding of cause and effect and building up knowledge of control and a sequence of actions. Children will build on this understanding by hands on experience of technology. See: Child development.
  • Make sure you provide appropriate technology e.g. robust for your setting, accessible for all children and technology that children can be in control of.
  • Review your technology: it’s not important to have a lot of technology, more to make the best use of what you have, can make or can obtain for free. Invest in rechargeable batteries and a collection of screwdrivers to keep things working well! If something breaks early on contact the manufacturers to see if it can be returned. If something is sitting unused at the top of a cupboard try and find someone technical, possibly a parent, to help you get it up and running.
  • Research has shown children who are sitting alongside another watching what they are doing on a computer may be just as actively involved. Encourage this by providing a bench or more than one chair. Support their collaborations through helping them to take turns, listen to each other and share in their ideas.
  • Use technology: digital cameras, camcorders, web-cams and movie makers, to record children’s personal learning stories. Encourage children to become involved in recording their learning e.g. through taking photos of something they are making using a camera or web-cam. Celebrate these learning stories in displays or through books with the children and their families. 

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