The Very Young and iPads

In my personal video about why I came into the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology I made reference to how I believed teachers were not supported in their use of technology. I found Clayton Kearney was using iPads to support the children’s learning. After some initial conversations with him I went looking for other articles. I knew Suzanna So-Har Wong had done some research with young children and iPads so I “googled” her and found a link to an article she had written that had been published in Early Childhood Education, Vol 41, No 1, 2013. While scrolling through to find Wong’s article I came across one before it also dealing with iPads written by Jennifer Tonn and how she uses iPads in her classroom. Tonn had her kindergarten children making videos using an app called Puppet Pals. She then played the video through the Smart Board. I would like to say that I recognised the value of her work on my first reading, however, I was so stuck on what I “knew” that I couldn’t acknowledge that the children were experiencing language development. They were learning leadership skills and they were learning collaboratively. Do I still think that the kindergarten/grade 1 students should be memorizing the building blocks of letter formation and addition skills – absolutely, however. I have come to recognise the value of Tonn’s work. On a parallel path these young people need to learn how to learn which was very apparent in both the article written by Wong and the one written by Tonn

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