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Handbook of Research on Mobile Devices and Smart Gadgets in K-12 Education
The ways in which digital technologies can be used solely by the early childhood teacher. The children are not involved in the use of the digital technology.
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Digital Technology in Kindergarten: Challenges and Opportunities
Vicki Schriever (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2706-0.ch005
This chapter examines the literature surrounding digital technologies within kindergarten. It highlights the ways in which mobile devices and smart gadgets are used by early childhood teachers and young children in diverse teacher-focused and child-centred approaches. The challenges faced by early childhood teachers to successfully use and integrate mobile devices and smart gadgets within their kindergarten will be explored. These challenges include, meeting curriculum requirements, mediating parental expectations, seeing the potential of digital technologies, having the confidence and self-efficacy to use digital devices and determining the value and place of digital technologies within a play-based environment. Each of these challenges are explored within the chapter and the ways these challenges can be overcome are detailed. The opportunities which mobile devices and smart gadgets present to maximise young children's learning, play and engagement and which facilitate and support the role of the early childhood teacher will also be examined.
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