TASK – Using technology to develop literacy

Technology plays an important role in young children’s lives, particularly in this era. Many children entering school are already familiar with technology and skills associated with their use. Using iPads in a Kindergarten class of low SES students had a significant impact on student engagement, sustaining student interaction and attention and maintaining student engagement with the task and the device. Further, the specific Play School Art Maker app was familiar to students, thus making reading and understanding easier for children.

The app enabled children to restate the text in their own words and create their own texts, thereby developing their literacy skills. Further, it was used to help teachers scaffold literacy learning and to track and record student learning. Importantly, the use of this app shifted teaching from teacher-centred to student-centred learning. However, educators must ensure they use developmentally appropriate technology to ensure it promotes play, exploration and investigating, thereby promoting improved communication.

 

References

Jones, M. (2012), ipads and kindergarten- students literacy development, SCAN31(4), 31-40.

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