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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.

Digital Inquiry and Socio-Critical Negotiations in Two Early Childhood Classrooms
Digital Inquiry and Socio-Critical Negotiations in Two Early Childhood Classrooms
Kari-Lynn Winters Leslie Memme

Inquiry has long been an essential component in early-years classrooms. Digital tablets add another dimension to this experience. While handling mobile tablets, some of these socio-critical interactions during play are positive and collaborative; others are more challenging and require children to take stances and discursive positions in order to negotiate ideas and emotions. Power is not always equally distributed. Specifically, this chapter looks at how young children from two early-years classrooms in southern Ontario negotiated social interactions with their peers when children had the opportunities to use iPads. Findings from this ten-month study ...

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