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 10: It’s an App, App World
It’s an App, App World
From an ECE context, this chapter will focus on reviewing the various forms of tablet apps that can be used to support inquiry-based learning practices. The particular nuances of the varied categories of apps (skill-based, evergreen, sandbox) are reviewed, detailing how their differentiated quality opens a variety of possibilities for inquiry-based learning. With the possibility to shift the child’s role from passive participant to (inter)active user, tablet apps can be used to foster metacognitive skills and provide opportunities to make meaning in different learning contexts (Wang et al., 2010).
Apps, Skill-Based Apps, Evergreen Apps, Sandbox Apps
An inquiry-based pedagogical model requires educators to listen and observe children’s attentions, interests ...