“Innovative” and “enriching” conference on technology in the early years held at NZTC
Chip Donohue, Selena Fox and Chris Naughton
It was with immense pride that NZTC hosted our fourth annual conference entitled ‘Conversations about Technology in the Early Years’ on the 14th of November, led by internationally recognised online teaching and learning expert Dr. Chip Donohue.
Chip set the tone for the conference with his lively keynote presentation on ‘Technology and digital media in the early years: what we know, what we still need to learn and why it matters,’ sharing the thoughts, prompts and considerations on technology in the early years, and how this can guide educators’ thinking.
Attendees were then engaged in a smorgasbord of practical, enriching ideas on using technology as a resource to support young children’s learning.
Across the talks, common themes emerged, including:
- The rapid evolution of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) into everyday life and the need for early childhood educators to keep up-to-date and be aware of tools in children’s lives
- The need for educators to be knowledgeable and confident in guiding and supporting parents on using technology in the home
- The necessity of giving educators time to experiment with new technologies before introducing them into early childhood settings
- The importance of being aware of the intended learning outcomes of using a particular device or application
Chip also unveiled his ground-breaking book Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning for the first time in New Zealand, which has already attracted praise from industry leaders. NZTC’s Chief Executive Selena Fox said the publication was “hard to put down” and a “must read for early childhood educators wanting to make wise and considered choices for the use of technology as a teaching resource in the early years.”
Adding excitement to the day, prizes were drawn at random which saw several lucky attendees given technology resources to take back to their centres, including a signed copy of Chip’s book.
Feedback from the day shared:
- “Thank you so much! I am very inspired and can’t wait to implement new ideas back at our centre.”
- “Great range of speakers – really got something positive from all of them.”
- “Very on the pulse and inspiring!”
- “I liked the variety of speakers and the real research that was presented.”
- “Innovative, enriching and it broadened my knowledge of how to apply ICT in ECE.”
NZTC was delighted with the quality, breadth and depth of the topics presented, which gave attendees a truly comprehensive picture of the role technology can play in the early years. We would like to thank the speakers, attendees and NZTC’s curriculum staff team who contributed to making this event such a success.
Chip discusses the virtues of the iPad
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