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.
Chapter 5: Tablets as Invitational Spaces
Tablets as Invitational Spaces
Digital tablets can foster learning practices that are authentic, collaborative and creative. In this chapter, we again draw on illustrations and excerpts from the Crayons and iPads study to further our discussion introduced in the preceding chapter on the role of tablets within inquiry-based ECE classrooms. Findings demonstrate that while iPads afforded children opportunities to individualize their learning, build bridges between lived and virtual experiences and draw on personal backgrounds, there were also some challenges to be negotiated. Despite these hurdles, we highlight how iPads can be utilized as valuable invitational tools for children living and learning in the 21st century.
iPads, Early Years, Digital Learning, ...