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ICT in the Early Years: A good deal more than computers…. John Siraj-Blatchford Iram Siraj-Blatchford. Guidance for Appropriate Technology Education in Early Childhood Identifying good ICT practice: Applications should be educational Encouraging communication and collaboration

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ICT in the Early Years:

A good deal more than computers…

John Siraj-Blatchford

Iram Siraj-Blatchford


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging communication and collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive

  • Applications should not contain violence or stereotyping

  • Awareness of health and safety issues

  • Educational involvement of parents



What are the curriculum objectives for a Knowledge Society?

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Creativity

  • Problem solving and ‘learning to learn’


When the desk top computer ‘disappears’ will we be concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

What about Mouse Skills?

13


Do children need to learn keyboard (or mouse) skills? concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

…desk top computers are old technology anyway!


How many computers have you used today? concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

Do you have a computer with you?

As Greeno (1991) has suggested, to be literate in a particular conceptual domain is to posses in that field:

“…a structure of facts, concepts, principles, procedures, and phenomenon that provides resources for the cognitive activities of knowing, understanding and reasoning.”


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging communication and collaboration


ICT education concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

includes all those new technologies that handle

information and support communications.

e.g. cassette recorders, traffic lights, telephone,

video, bar code scanners and programmable toys.


‘Sustained shared thinking’ concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


‘Sustained shared thinking’ concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

Gamesley Early Excellence Centre


Closed-circuit TV concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

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Closed-circuit TV concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT


‘Ergonomics’ –the concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?other big reason for pedagogic integration - Diane


…’Integration’ in socio-dramatic play concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?Video


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control


* concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


Simulations and Adventure games concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

BabyZ


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive


A transparent and intuitive application concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


2Simple Software concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

2Simple Software

A transparent and intuitive application


Sony Mavica concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive

  • Applications should not contain violence or stereotyping


‘Hooked’ on games… concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

...girls dislike many features typically found in computer games, the strong emphasis on repetitive action, speed and scoring points.


"pink software?" concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

...may initially draw girls in - but if we want girls to become truly engaged and empowered by technology don’t we need more challenging applications that arouse their intellectual curiosity?.


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive

  • Applications should not contain violence or stereotyping

  • Awareness of health and safety issues


43 concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive

  • Applications should not contain violence or stereotyping

  • Awareness of health and safety issues

  • Educational involvement of parents


  • Guidance for Appropriate Technology concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

  • Education in Early Childhood

  • Identifying good ICT practice:

  • Applications should be educational

  • Encouraging collaboration

  • Integration and play through ICT

  • The child should be in control

  • Applications should be transparent and intuitive

  • Applications should not contain violence or stereotyping

  • Awareness of health and safety issues

  • Educational involvement of parents


IBM KidSmart Evaluation concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?


Child computer use time n 261

IBM KidSmart Evaluation concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

Child Computer use time N=261

  • Median time around 2 hours but 20% of children spend 5 or more hours on the computer per week.


Digital Camera’s and Parental engagement concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?

Hartwell Primary School


Siraj-Blatchford, J. (2003) concerned that children continue to learn keyboard skills?Supporting Information and Communications Technology in the Early Years, Open University Press

Siraj-Blatchford, J. (Ed) (2003) Developing New Technologies for Young Children , i3 and Trentham Books

Siraj-Blatchford, I. & J. (2003) More than Computers: ICT in the Early Years, Early Education/ British Association for Early Childhood Education

Siraj-Blatchford, I. & J. (2005) A Guide to Developing the ICT Curriculum for Early Childhood Education, Trentham Books in collaboration with Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education)

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