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Globalizing Early Learning With Technology

Technology and Young Children

http://globalearlyed.wordpress.com/

I was super excited to stumble across this website today.  There is a lot of information out there on education and technology but when it comes to early childhood and technology in education I would that the field is still in its infancy stage.

The author of this website, Margaret Powers, http://margaret-powers.com/ states that she has created this website ”in the hopes of filling a gap in the available resources for educators who are working with young children and interested in using technology to create global learning experiences in their classrooms.”

She defines “ global learning experiences as any classroom activities which expose young children to new ways of thinking about the world, their own and others’ cultures, world languages, communities, and families.”

Coming across this website made me realize the power of what we are doing through this course (and what educators can do) through technology in terms of our own learning.  Being able to connect, collaborate, learn and share with like minded professionals despite geographical boundaries and time zones etc is amazing.  I think part of my excitement also stems from the fact that this is a relatively new website and blog, and I feel like I can participate in the discussions and be part of the process and a contributor as opposed to being a ‘consumer.’

So if you are an early childhood educators and interested in exploring technology for  creating “global experiences” in the classroom, please be sure to go and check this site out and join us as we go forward in this journey.

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3 comments

  1. Naho Kikuchi

    Hello from Japan. I am also taking COETAIL, and found you through COETAIL Asia site.
    I totally agree that “There is a lot of information out there on education and technology but when it comes to early childhood and technology in education I would that the field is still in its infancy stage.”
    Thank you for sharing what you found. What a great resource. I am very attracted to the idea of creating global learning experiences for our young learners as well, and would love to learn what you will do with your students. I will definitely check your blog in the future. Keep in touch.

    1. Avatar of Aroma Pannu
      Aroma Pannu

      Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I see you are finishing course 4 already. Congratulations for almost being at the finish line! I hope its been a wonderful journey. I enjoyed stopping by your blog and love your idea of being at school with (many) fellow Coetailers. It sure is impressive to see what people are doing even though we are in so many different places, roles and coming from various backgrounds.
      My blog is in its infancy stage as well. I am hoping to share more in the next few weeks/months as to what I do in my class and to start focusing more on ECE and tech as well once the COETAIL program finishes. I am also hoping to connect more with teachers who are interested in ‘talking’ about technology in the early years and seeing where that takes us. It will be great to hear from you again.

      1. Clair Wain

        Dear Aroma

        I am also a COETAIL participant and currently work with 4-5 year old children in an International school in Japan. I agree that I struggled to find inspiring research about the integration of digital technology in Early Childhood. I imagine because technology is so fast moving it is difficult to carry out any longitudinal studies of any depth. I find that I am continuously thinking about the place of technology within early childhood. One of my ongoing research questions is,
        How can we find ways to integrate the digital code with the analogue experience to enhance relationships and understanding?
        And,
        How can we evocatively interweave these languages, the digital, poetic and symbolic languages?
        I often refer back to a message from Vea Vecchi, “We have to give closer attention to the process of learning through the digital media. The digital experience is much too often exhausted simply in its function and technical form. In addition to this technical aspect, if it is also used in creative and imaginative ways, it reveals a high level of expressive, cognitive and social potential as well as great possibilities for evolution. It is necessary to reflect on and better comprehend the changes that the digital language introduces in the process of understanding. We have to be aware of what this adds, takes away, or modifies in today’s learning.”
        Thank you for bringing to my attention Margaret Power’s blog. I think that it will help me in my research.

        Clair

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