POSTPONED Crescentia Anthony Early Childhood Education Forum 2020

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The WA branch of ACE will be hosting the annual Early Childhood Education Forum in honour of Crescentia Anthony and the incredible contributions she made to the ACE committee and community.

The forum will focus on the following topic:

Including Technology in the Early Years

Putting to one side the debates about how much screen-time young children should have, this forum explores technology in young children’s education in terms of the thinking and practical capabilities they require for the world in which they live. Developing design, computation and creative thinking capabilities, along with practical skills using technology and information systems to problem solve, design and implement solutions is the focus. The presentations provide real life examples and ideas from schools.

PRESENTATIONS

 
Presentation One: Integrating technology through the Little Scientist program

Wendy Gorman leads the Early Childhood consultancy team for the Association of Independent schools, WA. (AISWA) In this role she supports Independent schools offering programs for children aged from three to eight in matters of policy, pedagogy and practice.

AISWA is a Little Scientist Australia Network Partner. Wendy is the lead presenter for the nine Little Scientist’s workshop modules.  The workshops integrate the elements of STEM in a play-based approach.  Children’s sense of inquiry and investigation lead them to be natural users of and creators of technology.   Wendy will share her insights into the how children engage in technology through the Little Scientist program.

Presenter: Wendy Gorman, Manager Early Childhood, AISWA
 
Presentation Two: Maintaining an Empowered School Community: Introducing Digital Technologies and Developing Digital Literacies at River Montessori School

In 2018 River Montessori School (River)*. commissioned a research project to determine whether it was possible to unobtrusively introduce digital technologies into the Montessori curriculum and classrooms. Further to this they wanted to establish whether the prepared Montessori environment was providing the groundwork for children to become digitally literate and if the ECE curriculum could benefit from focused teaching of digital literacies. To answer these questions we proposed a whole school Action Research project and River became a hub for inquiry where educators, students and investigators worked together to identify issues and develop improvement processes. In this presentation I will discuss how we defined Digital Literacies in a particular school context and developed a common digital literacies language which was embedded across the school community, connecting caregivers, children and educators. I shall consider the benefits of doing so and present a framework for how it might be done in other contexts.

* All School and Educator names have been changed.
Presenter: Dr Samantha Owen, School of Education, Curtin University

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