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Digital Technologies and Learning in the Early Years

by Lorna Arnott SAGE Publications Ltd
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iPads, mobile phones, tablets and many other digital devices feature in the lives of children from the moment they are born, but what is the place of these technologies in children’s early years and learning experiences?

In the age of the ‘Techno-Tot’ this edited collection focuses on exploring the potential of what children can do with technologies, rather than what technologies can do for children.

With chapters written by a range of international authors, this book:

    • offers an evidence-based discussion of children’s experiences with technologies in early years education

    • broadens our understanding of technologies in early years, beyond the typical focus on screen-based media

    • details the child’s ‘story’ with technology

offers a range of case studies from the UK, USA, Australia and Europe.

Part 1: The Early Years Technological Landscape
Chapter 1: Framing Technological Experiences in the Early Years - Lorna Arnott
Chapter 2: Children's Technological Learning Journeys - Eleni Karagiannidou
Chapter 3: Re-imagining play with new technologies - Nicola Yelland and Caja Gilbert
Part 2: Children's Technological Experiences
Chapter 4: Creative and Dramatic Play with Technologies - Lorna Arnott, Pauline Duncan & Deirdre Grogan
Chapter 5: Technology in outdoor play - Kelly Johnston and Kate Highfield
Chapter 6: Young children developing literacy and numeracy skills with technology - Rachael Levy and Nathalie Sinclair
Chapter 7: Under 3s and Technology - Jane O'Connor
Part 3 - Supporting Playful Pedagogies with Technologies
Chapter 8: Children's Responses to Working and Non-Working Digital technologies - Jo Bird
Chapter 9: Digital Pedagogy: How teachers support digital play in the early years - Marilyn Fleer
Chapter 10: Technologies, Child-Centred Practice and Listening to Children - Susan Danby

Young children are exposed to a digital world from the moment they are born and each generation will grow up in an environment different from their parents and more so their grandparents. So technology will influence their lives whether we like it or not and we need to ensure their experiences are both positive and informative. Using case studies from around the world, this book will broaden your understanding of what technology is and how it can be used.
Lorna Arnott is a Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. Lorna’s main area of interest is in children’s early experiences with technologies, particularly in relation to social and creative play. She also has a keen interest in research methodologies, with a specialist focus on consulting with children. At the University of Strathclyde, Lorna teaches on the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice, The Early Years Pedagogue as part of the modular Masters of Education, BA (Hons) Education and the PGDE course. Lorna is the convener for the Digital Childhoods Special Interest Group as part of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association and is the Editorial Assistant for the International Journal of Early Years Education