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A timely addition to the SAGE Swift Series, Crayons and iPads examines the use of digital technology in the early stages of child development and the way in which learning techniques have evolved in classrooms across the world. Taking the position that tablets provide an accessible learning and instructional tool, Debra Harwood explores how tablets can be used to provoke, ignite, and excite children’s interest in the world around them, arguing that it is through this engagement with technology that new discoveries are made and learning takes place. Guiding readers through research-based insights into children’s thinking, interactions and being, Crayons and iPads offers an important starting point upon which to build play and inquiry-based learning opportunities within early learning programs.

iPads from Home to School : Exploring Digital Divides in Early Childhood Education
iPads from Home to School: Exploring Digital Divides in Early Childhood Education
Laura Lane
Abstract

This chapter explores the concept of ‘digital divides’ within ECE. The digital divide debate focuses on the disparities that exist within society in terms of access to technology based on demographic status (Compaine, 2001). First-level digital divides are focused on access to digital technologies and infrastructure, while second-level divide concerns differences in skill, cultural, motivation and perception and how these factors shape the experiences with technologies (Selwyn, 2004; van Dijk, 2005). Despite educational systems’ efforts to increase access through enhanced availability, use of technology has emerged as a complex site of analysis. In considering ...

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