ICT in the Early Years
E2BN ICT in the Early Years

Creativity and Critical Thinking

Inspire, support and develop creativity and critical thinking using ICT:

  • Think about how you provide materials in order for children to be creative and do the same with ICT; are you providing experiences with technology that are stimulating, open-ended, where there is an element of discovery, where process is valued and that are multi-sensory. See ICT and Creativity.
  • Encourage children to link experiences from one area with another e.g. print off patterns from the computer to use as wrapping paper, print photographs to put in their records or home made books, use remote control vehicles with different resources such as the blocks, pulleys, trailers farm animals etc. both inside and outside.
  • Much of 2Simple's software can be used in highly creative ways with children and extend their learning beyond traditional means. Contact 2Simple for a catalogue.
  • Use the computer as a tool and not just to run content based, or games, software. This will help children see the computer can work for their purposes and help them gain a sense of empowerment with technology e.g. Use a word processor to make labels or write a shared note home, use the tools in an art program to create something original, use an art program to design something and make it elsewhere e.g. out of junk.
  • Sometimes it helps children to teach them skills directly e.g. what the buttons on a camera do and how to take a picture; at other times technology can lead children to problem solve and think their own way through using something e.g. Leave out a musical keyboard or attach a web-cam to your computer and leave it there for children to ‘discover’. Observe their uses and find ways to develop their own ideas.
  • Think about alternative ways of using technology resources, for example, use Pixie with a felt tip pen or chalk attached and draw onto paper by programming Pixie to move (Swallow Systems sell a pen holder to go with Pixie). White chalk on black paper is particularly effective.
  • Encourage critical thinking and creativity e.g. I wonder how I….What happens if….Do you have any ideas how I can….I saw Fran turn it this way and it gave me an idea….Do you remember how you found out this worked, I liked the way you…
  • Remember the developmental steps in finding out about technology and don’t expect an end product too soon. See: Child Development.

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