iPads in the Early Years : Developing Literacy and Creativity

Dezuanni, Michael L., Dooley, Karen, Gattenhof, Sandra, & Knight, Linda (2015) iPads in the Early Years : Developing Literacy and Creativity. Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London.

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Abstract

Digital devices like smart phones and tablet computers are becoming commonplace in young children’s lives for play, entertainment, learning and communication. Recently, there has been a great deal of focus on the educational potential of devices like iPads in both formal and informal educational settings. There is now an abundance of educational ‘apps’ available to children, parents, and kindergarten and pre-school teachers that claim to enhance children’s early literacy and numeracy development and creativity. To date, though, there has been very little formal investigation of the educational potential of these devices.

This book discusses the impact on children’s learning when iPads were introduced in three very different kindergartens in Brisbane, Australia. Chapters outline how researchers worked with pre-school teachers and parents to explore how iPads can assist with letter and word recognition, the development of oral literacy and talk around play. The book also considers the possibilities for using iPads for creativity and arts education through photography, storytelling, drawing, music creation and audio recording.

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ID Code: 74380
Item Type: Book
Keywords: iPads, Tablet computers, Education, Literacy, Creativity, Digital literacy
ISBN: 9781138778580
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2014 04:23
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 02:37

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