5 ways technology can help children learn
Technology changes so quickly and at C&K we see it as a great opportunity to share and learn together with our children. Like any other tool, we need to get the most out of it. We can learn and explore new skills and new ways of communicating. At the same time, we want to guide our children so that they use technology wisely. Our educators model the responsible, creative and curious use of technology. We want children to actively use technology, not just passively consume it.
Here are five ways children can use technology as a learning, playing and communication tool.
1. Connect with others
One of the best things about technology is its ability to close great distances. Creating and sharing videos, video chatting with families or even sharing classes with other children brings our world closer together, builds relationships and can help children and adults find out more about our world.
C&K Bayview Heights use Skype to call C&K Edmonton in North Queensland to talk to their pet, Sparkles the chook, and C&K kindys at Highfields and Glenmorgan are digital pen pals.
2. Researching and exploring
Children can use a tablet, mobile phone or computer to find out about local animals, or watch a video clip with you to learn more about a topic. The great thing about a tablet is you can take it right into the garden to do your research – no more being stuck in front of a computer inside!
If your child is swinging or hanging upside down at the park, you could say, “You look like a monkey… I wonder what other animals can swing? Shall we investigate on my phone and see?"
At C&K Amaroo the children have been using the iPads to take photos, explore their interests, research and much more.
“Hmm, let’s take a photo at this caterpillar. What kind of caterpillar is it? Is it safe to touch?”
3. Creative apps
Look for apps that are open-ended to support deeper learning, not those that require mindless repetition for entertainment. Robyn Mercer, Chair of C&K Educational Technologies Team says, “Focus on apps where children are prompted to solve problems, build or create, such as drawing apps or collage apps, apps where you can create short videos with your child or apps where your child can practice writing their name.”
C&K Balaclava uses apps on their iPad to learn Japanese and C&K Bald Hills are learning French on their iPads.
Robotics for young children can be a great way to learn and play! The children and staff at C&K Elanora on the Gold Coast enjoyed experimenting with Beebots to navigate maps. They had to problem solve, code, count the squares, think about directionality and so much more.
5. Tinkering with technology
Children can also experiment with dismantling technology and tools. The staff and children at C&K Oaks Beach took an old keyboard and computer apart to see what was inside. Computers and electronic equipment were checked to ensure that batteries and power packs are removed first. This helped the children to learn new words like, 'motherboard' and 'circuit'. They found springs and parts that were really curious. This activity also led to conversations about old fashioned machines, and questions like "what’s a video” and “what’s a stereo”?
Our educators model the responsible, creative and curious use of technology and that’s something every parent can do at home! What’s your favourite way to use technology with your child?