A collection of resources for exploring technology with lower primary/early childhood students. It relates to the digital technologies strand of the Draft Australian Curriculum, and provides information about devices and programs that can be used by young students to create and share technology of many different forms. This includes information about programming, creating digital stories, and interacting safely online.
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Jon Larkin runs workshops for teachers and academic staff on the use of iPads in the classroom. This particular workshop explains the importance of using digital tools such as Comic Life, Voicethread, and Audacity to assist with story telling, and the different ways you could use this in the classroom.
The information provided in these workshops links well with the outcomes of the digital technologies strand of the new Australian Curriculum. It assists teachers when they are allowing their students to "work with others to organise and create ideas and information in the form of text, images and audio using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments" (Draft Australian Curriculum, 2013).
Blockly is a simple programming tool that students in the younger grades can use to begin learning about programming simple tasks such as solving a maze and drawing pictures. This links with the digital technologies strand of the new national Technologies Curriuclum as students are designing and implementing simple visual programs.
Excellent iPad Apps to Create Interactive eBooks for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on TICeducaTIC curated by Plataforma Proyecta (5 apps para crear ebooks para iPad.
Another useful list of ipad apps for creating and sharing ebooks. These apps could be used in the classroom for students telling their own stories, or retelling a fairytale or fable they are learning about in class.
This resource is extremely relevant to the Australian Technology Curriculum for students in year foundation to year 2. It shows the most useful creation technology and apps available for creating stories, videos, ebooks and presentations, as well as many other useful skills for students in all grades.
This document outlines a computer safety program for students in years prep to year 2. It provides lesson plans for teachers on how to teach computer safety effectively in an engaging way. This will be useful when talking to students about how to share their creations on the internet.
This document contains various ways to incorporate ipads and apps into the classroom (for all year levels). It outlines how to use various apps for uploading, editing and creating photos, as well as apps for planning and creating mind maps.
Although this model is more relevant for older students, parts of this model can be applied to early childhood education and the earlier years of school. Students are taught how to create something original using digital technologies from a young age. It also explains the importance of connecting learning experiences to students' real world situations, and young students are immersed in the world of digital technologies.
Technology Week: How the digital world is affecting our kids Minnesota Public Radio Two experts on the impact of digital technology on children's educational, emotional and social development discuss their ideas at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.
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The audio on this webpage presents an interesting insight into the way in which the digital world is affecting children. Howard Gardner is one of the guests in this audio and he talks about the opportunities of digital technologies but also some challenges they present.
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This drawing app can provide students with inspiration for creating characters and settings for their stories. They can start with their own idea, listen to suggestions made by the app, or look at other people's drawings to find inspiration.
This app captivates students' imaginations as they are able to create their own stories. This app is perfect for engaging students in the early primary years as they can choose from a variety of characters, record their own voice and publish their story if they wish.
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