In and out of preschool learning with iPads

Dooley, Karen T. & Gattenhof, Sandra Jane (2015) In and out of preschool learning with iPads. In Dezuanni, Michael, Dooley, Karen, Gattenhof, Sandra, & Knight, Linda (Eds.) iPads in the Early Years : Developing Literacy and Creativity. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London & New York, pp. 123-141.

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In this chapter we describe and explain the ways we negotiated these same epistemological tensions and structural realities as we implemented the iPad loan component of the project reported in this book (hereafter: “iPad loan program”).Children who participated in the iPad loan program were able to take home one of the project iPads used in their preschool centre, much as they were able to take home books and puzzles. This component was one reflection of the ethos of “digital inclusion” that infused the project. As we noted in the introduction to this book, there is international recognition of the role that schools can play in ensuring all communities can participate in digital culture and the digital economy (e.g., European Commission, 2014; United States Government, 2013). Accordingly, we conducted the project in preschool centres where at least some groups of children were thought to enjoy less access to learning on digital platforms than others. Our goal was to put the iPad into the hands of children who might not otherwise have had access to it, while supporting teachers and parents in capitalising on the learning potential of the device for all the children. Centres nominated for the project by administrators in the preschool system all served communities that were either affected by poverty and/or diverse in language and culture.

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ID Code: 81586
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: iPads, early years education, creativity, literacy, digital literacy
ISBN: 9781138778580
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2015 22:08
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 23:39

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