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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.

‘Let Me Show You How to Play with the iPad’ : Young Children as Teachers
‘Let Me Show You How to Play with the iPad’: Young Children as Teachers
Debra Harwood Katelyn Scott

Several different terms have been used to describe the contemporary child phrases such as ‘digital native’ and ‘millennial child’. As Zevenbergen (2007) points out, the contemporary child processes are vastly dissimilar as their thinking will be at twitch speed, processing thoughts in a parallel and connected fashion, often taking their cues from the graphics and visual representations first. These learners, possessing a robust digital habitus (Zevenbergen, 2007), will be digitally connected to others and active new medium learners with a view of ‘technology as ...

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