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You will learn how to support play based learning in early childhood education with digital technology that will respond to a child's capabilities and learning needs. This course is NOT about understanding digital play research, but IS about providing you with the 'practical and immediately actionable" strategies and steps that you can APPLY today and which is derived from the current research on digital play in the early years.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Understanding Digital Play

    • Digital Pedagogy in Education

    • Understanding Digital Play in the Early Years

    • What does digital play look like? How to encourage digital play?

    • When should children start to engage in Digital Play?

    • What can children learn with digital play?

    • The Role of Digital Play in the Early Years

    • What kinds of digital technologies is best?

  • 3

    Digital storytelling in early childhood education

  • 4

    Creative Play in Early Childhood Education

  • 5

    Promote Learning without Failure

    • How does role play help a child's development?

    • Planning Role play with digital technologies

    • DAP digital resources for role playing

    • How to involve the children in setting up role play areas?

    • How to be involved in digital role play for preschoolers?

    • Supporting communication, literacy, language and mathematical learning and development

    • Connecting digital and non-digital play

    • How to use programmable toys in role play?

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    • Teaching strategies to encourage technology role playing experiences

    • Health and Safety with Digital Play

  • 6

    Digital Technologies and Outdoor Play

    • What are the benefits of Outdoor play?

    • Technology and the Outdoor learning environment

    • What is your role as an adult in Outdoor digital play?

    • How to establish a starting point for using digital technology outdoors?

    • Going beyond digital

  • 7

    Planning for Play Based Learning

    • Why is planning important in ECE?

    • Planning to challenge young children

    • How will relationships inform your planning?

    • Teacher Knowledge of ICT Resources

    • Linking Digital Play to Learning and Development goals

    • Choosing meaningful ICT tools and resources

    • Appropriate Practices

    • Computer games: play and learning

    • Theory to Practice

  • 8

    Linking HITS to Play based learning

    • How to set learning goals for students?

    • How to structure lessons?

    • Explicit Teaching practices

    • Worked Examples

    • Collaborative learning

    • Multiple Exposures

    • Questioning

    • Feedback

    • Metacognitive Strategies

    • Differentiated Instruction with Technology

  • 9

    Play and Pedagogy in Early Childhood

    • What is Early Childhood Pedagogy? How does it connect to digital technology integration in early childhood education?

    • Understanding Children’s Technological Development

    • Supporting technological learning and development

    • Mediated Learning

    • Guided interaction in a digital context

  • 10

    Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

    • Digital Play Framework.

    • Case Study: Digital Play Framework as a Observational Assessment Tool

    • Adapting the DPF to meet your needs

    • Monitoring and observation

    • Expected level of ICT Capability in Digital Play

    • Issues in Observing and Assessing children's use of digital technology in ECE

    • Guidance on observation and assessment of ICT capability in Digital play

    • Theory to Practice

  • 11

    Completing the course

    • Theory to Practice - Reflecting on Teaching and Learning with ICT

    • Theory to Practice : Course Effectiveness on Teaching and Learning with ICT

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Course Survey

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About me

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.