Aims and Objectives

This online PD for early childhood educators and carers delivers practical and immediately actionable advice on how to plan, teach and assess technology integration in the early learning environment. You will learn the expertise you need in order to lay the foundations for technological literacy and ICT capability in meaningful subject-related contexts. 

Teacher Takeaways

By the end of this workshop, you will be able:

  • Conduct a thorough analysis of the situation.

  • Embed methods of observation and assessment in ECE

  • Select developmentally appropriate ICT tools for learning.

  • Employ sound instructional decisions that develop child technology literacy.

  • Build and value relationships to plan curriculum activities effectively.

  • Implement STEM activities that incorporate and develop technological capabilities in numeracy and science learning.

  • Facilitate the progression of ICT Capability in Early Childhood

  • Creatively encourage the use of technology .

  • Implement a Universal framework for Inclusion with Technology

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Teacher testimonials

Informative course

Dominique

"I really enjoyed this course! It was very informative and well researched. It gave detailed descriptions regarding all areas outlined in the objectives. The videos made the learning seem more interactive! The tasks were very beneficial and applicable to my future teaching practices!"

Really enjoyed this course

Akala

"I enjoyed the course as it was something I was interested in. I am glad there were videos as I find it hard to sit and read the text the whole time. When I asked for help I was able to have my question answered. The resources/ articles were awesome I will be keeping them to help for the future. "

Boosted confidence

Penny

"This course has boosted my confidence and I look forward to implementing the techniques learned when I return to the classroom. I feel more enabled to confidently implement ICT in my future lesson planning."

Extremely informative and enjoyable

Yvonne

"This course was extremely informative and enjoyable. Through engaging with the course material and additional resources, it has given me the skills to become a more informed, better skilled Early Childhood Educator. I will highly recommend this course to any person who wishes to update his or her skills and knowledge as an Educational Professional."

Highly Recommended

Anuradha

"I found the course content quite exhaustive providing invaluable information which is easy to understand and apply in the daily classroom learning environment. Also, the support provided by Michael throughout the course was amazing . I will highly recommend this course to all early childhood teachers as it will help developing a basic understanding of ICT in the early years of learning which children will continue developing and applying in the later years of their life."

Amazing and interesting course

Navneet

"I learned a lot from this course and I was discussing about this course with my director today and also about the strategies that we can implement in the preschool room this year. I also learn that how we can invite families to be part of ICT integration at more profound level. I really enjoyed all the modules and how the reflective part at the end, help you as a student of this course to think and then reflect on your own learning at the end of each module. Thank you for this amazing , interesting and informative course which stimulated my professional growth in a profound manner."

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Course Qualities

  • Self-Paced

    This course is self-paced and you can do it anytime and anywhere. Learn and apply it in your own teaching and learning environment.

  • Curriculum Aligned

    This course uses case studies from the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.

  • Classroom ready

    This course is designed to be implemented within your own teaching and learning environment. It encourages the application of theories and strategies learned.

Why Early Childhood Professional Development is critical?

Complex and continual professional development of ECE teachers is a key requirement of the productive integration of ICT into early childhood learning activities. If the foundation to effective ICT capability is to be achieved, then ECE teachers need to be supported so that they have well-developed understandings of the role and potential of ICT for supporting young children’s learning, as well as practical skills in knowing how to make the best use of the technology.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Message from the Instructor

    • How to get the most from the course

    • Before we begin...

    • What is technology in early childhood education?

      FREE PREVIEW
    • ICT Competencies for Teachers

    • What is ICT capability in ECE?

    • Teacher Self-Assessment: How can you improve your ICT capabilities?

    • How to progress throughout the course?

    • Understanding the keywords

    • Becoming an Agent of Change in Education

    • Becoming Agents of Change

    • Questions on change

  • 2

    Analyse the Situation

  • 3

    Planning in Early Childhood Education

    • Why is planning important in ECE?

    • Teacher Knowledge of ICT Resources

    • What is progression in ICT in Early Childhood Education?

    • Using the Early Learning goals

    • How to plan for continuity in ICT?

    • Planning for the Integration of ICT

    • Example Weekly planning sheet: One area of focus

    • Example Medium term planning sheet ICT

  • 4

    DAP ICT for ECE

    • Appropriate Practices

    • Creativity with ICT

    • ICT tools for Language Development

    • Choosing meaningful ICT tools and resources

  • 5

    STEM in Early Childhood Education

    • An Introduction to STEM in Early Childhood Education

    • ICT's Role in STEM education

    • About Science and ICT in ECE

    • Science and Technology in ECE

    • Technology in Early Science learning

    • Numeracy

    • Your Download!! Numeracy Lesson Plan example

    • Inquiry-based Pedagogy

    • ICT-Assisted Project-based Learning

    • Providing an Inclusive Environment

  • 6

    Robotics in Early Childhood Education

    • Benefits of Robotics in education

    • How to use robots in the early learning environment?

    • How to choose the right robot for your learning environment?

    • Problem Solving with Robots - An example from AITSL

    • Case Study download

  • 7

    Building and Maintaining Relationships

    • Introduction

    • Relationships and Early Childhood Pedagogy

    • Child Learning

    • Creativity and Collaboration

    • Teacher and Family Relationships

    • Child - Child Relationships

    • Responsive Relationships

    • Supporting Relationships

  • 8

    Practicing Inclusion with ICT

    • What are the key issues to consider?

    • What is E-Inclusion?

    • Developing the inclusive learning environment

    • Managing the Inclusive Classroom

    • Practicing Inclusion with ICT (ebook)

  • 9

    Promoting Creativity in Early Childhood Education

    • The Importance of Creativity in ECE

    • Nurturing Creativity in the Early Year Curriculum

    • ICT tools for nurturing creativity in ECE

    • How does technology effective children's creativity?

    • What do you need to know about these ICT tools?

    • Painting and Drawing

  • 10

    Theory to Practice 1 - Planning

    • Planning for Technology Integration

  • 11

    ICT Teaching Strategies in Early Childhood Education

    • Using Assessment to develop Teaching Strategies

    • What should the capabilities of children be? What is ICT capability?

    • What is the desired outcome?

    • Facilitating Capabilities in ICT

    • Providing Support

    • How to structure and stimulate learning

    • How to develop autonomy

    • ICT Teaching Strategies in STEM

    • Differentiation in Early Childhood Education and Care

    • Higher Order Skills and Encouraging Shared thinking and use of ICT

    • Reflective Questions

    • Role Play and ICT activities

    • Scaffolding in Early Childhood

    • Other Strategies

  • 12

    Theory to Practice 2 - Teaching

    • Teaching and Learning with ICT

  • 13

    Methods of Observation and Assessment in early childhood education

    • Introduction

    • Monitoring and observation

    • Assessing Capabilities in ICT in ECE

    • Observation documentation and Assessment in early childhood - Documenting evidence of Learning

    • Sharing Perspectives and Transitions

    • Enabling the Environment

    • Selecting the appropriate ICT tools and resources for learning

    • What are developmentally appropriate ICT activities?

    • Involving Parents

    • Providing Feedback

    • Effective Transition and Report Writing

    • Designing effective tasks, discussions and activities

    • What does Meaningful ICT Resources in ECE in mean?

    • Further Reading On Assessment for Learning in ECE in ICT

    • Reflective Questions

    • Your Download!!! Formative Assessment PDF

  • 14

    Theory to Practice 3 - Assessment

    • Assessment

  • 15

    Literacy, Language and Communication

    • Literacy

    • Literacy ICT Lesson Plan Example

    • ICT Learning Tools for Literacy and Language Development

    • How can ICT support language development

  • 16

    Protecting the Digital Child

    • Introduction

    • Digital Citizenship for Kindergarten students

    • E-Safety

    • Safety and Ethical Concerns with ICT - Download!!!

  • 17

    Completing the course

    • Teacher Reflection

    • Reflecting on Teaching and Learning with ICT

    • Course Effectiveness on Teaching and Learning with ICT

    • More resources for you

    • Course survey

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Nationally Accredited PD for Early Childhood Educators

Completing this online PD for early childhood educators will contribute to 6 hours of NESA and TQI PD addressing 2.6.2, 4.5.2, and 5.1.2 of Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW, ACT, Qld, and Vic in Australia.

Course Reviews

4 star rating

Title explains the course

Nicole Wilson

Content of course encourages you to reflect on how you are currently using ICT and that planning and integrating ICT has enormous benefits to an early childh...

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Content of course encourages you to reflect on how you are currently using ICT and that planning and integrating ICT has enormous benefits to an early childhood program.

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3 star rating

I really enjoyed it. It helped me understand the signific...

Isha Mehra

Sometimes I did not understand the questions, but when I looked at the text and books, I understood everything.

Sometimes I did not understand the questions, but when I looked at the text and books, I understood everything.

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Why is professional development necessary in early childhood?

Participating in Early Childhood professional Development is not only a good way to become a leader in your industry, but there is a real need for for you as an educators to have well-developed understandings of the role and potential of ICT for supporting young children’s learning. Supporting your ICT capability is crucial to developing and building on young children's ICT capability and technological literacy.

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Meet your Instructor

Director/Course Facilitator

Michael Hilkemeijer

As a teacher for over 15 years, Michael has taught and learned about the effective use of technology in education through his teaching practices and studies. He has a Masters in Education (ICTE) that focuses on effective instructional design and for over the past 8 years he has studied literature and case studies on the art of successful technology integration in education - the development of ICT capability. Through this process, he has written many articles, both online and in national magazines on the best practices for teachers in early childhood and primary education to develop ICT capability. One of which is the continual support of teachers in their professional learning.

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