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Improving Teaching Practice in Early Childhood Supported by Mobile Technology

Improving Teaching Practice in Early Childhood Supported by Mobile Technology
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Author(s): Kathryn MacCallum (Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand) and Heather R. Bell (Massey University, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 17
Source title: Mobile and Blended Learning Innovations for Improved Learning Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David Parsons (The Mind Lab by Unitec, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0359-0.ch005

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the findings of an ethnographic case study investigating the implementation of mobile learning at an early childhood centre in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The study describes how mobile technology is being used to support children's learning and communication. The findings show that the devices are an integral part of the learning culture of the centre. The devices are being used to actively engage children in the learning environment and support teaching inquiry. As one of the early studies to investigate how mobile technology is being used in early childhood education, the current study provides pedagogically sound examples and insight on how mobile technology can be embedded into early childhood. The study is seen as a starting place for more in-depth investigations into the impact of mobile learning on young children's learning.

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