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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.

Lingering Thoughts
Lingering Thoughts
Debra Harwood

Throughout this book, I as the editor – and the contributing authors – have situated technologies, specifically iPads, as a valuable medium for learning. Each chapter has offered snapshots from select studies to help highlight the ways in which the 21st-century child actively and purposefully draws upon a range of everyday experiences to make sense of their world – learning experiences that increasingly include the digital world. Currently, there is a dearth of research focusing on the ways in which technologies influence learning, and many questions remain unanswered. However, as Stephen and Plowman highlight, ‘digital technologies and playthings are just one part of the complex and contingent sociocultural environment in which children live and learn’ ...

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