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Caritas Institute of Community Education 2016– 2017 Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 My personal website: https://docs.com/celinechan Nature: Essay writing Student Name: CHAN Pui-yin, Celine Student Number: 10125329 Name of Tutor: Ms. Clara PEI Date of Submission:29 Nov, 2016 Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 Essay writing CHAN Pui-yin, Celine 2 Introduction Technology and our lives have very close relationship, such as computer, tablet, smartphone, camera, etc. With the social changes and technological progress, ICT plays an important role in education. Computers are rapidly gaining popularity into homes and schools. After school, the application of information technology in early childhood teaching has become an indispensable part. Computers quickly and universally go into home and school, and the use of information technology in early childhood education has also become an integral part. In this essay, I would like to design an activity and use ICT in that lesson. Then, I would discuss the advantages and disadvantages of ICT in Early Childhood Education and reflection on that role and the potential of using ICT in Early Childhood Education. Suggestion on using ICT to support learning and teaching process in teaching children technology Here is some background information about this activity. The theme is “Mother’s Day”. The target group a K3 student. Before the activity, children have already used Tux Paint of ICT tools and understand the basic of control the tablet PC (iPad). An activity is called "Design a card of mother's day ". The activity’s objective is: Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 Essay writing CHAN Pui-yin, Celine 3 Children are able to use ICT tools (Tux Paint). And children are able to use three different drawing tools to decorate that card. And they may learn to express gratitude to the mother. Children's prior knowledge has already known the drawing tools function paint brush, stamps, and shapes of Tux Paint. And they have already known the next weekend which will be Mother’s Day. The teacher needs to prepare some materials including Eight tablet computers, a Wi-Fi printer and the card of completed product. The teacher will take six students per group, and the class has twenty-four students. The activity time limits are twenty-five minutes. Steps of this activity: Firstly, teacher will show some cards (birthday card, Christmas card) to children which may to attract them and engage this activity. Then the teacher will ask a question: "These cards has the same place?" Then the teacher told children these cards are to receive this card people to express their feelings. Also, the teacher will ask a question: "Do you know the festival season in this month?" Then all children can answer Mother 's Day. The teacher told children: "Today we are going to use iPad to design a mother's day card for a mother. After that, we will use the Wi-Fi printer to print out and you can take home to give your mother." The teacher will show some card of completed product to draw children’s attention before the activity. Secondly, the teacher will give an iPad to each child, and review the Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 Essay writing CHAN Pui-yin, Celine 4 drawing tools function of paint brush, stamps, and shapes with children. Also, the teacher will teach and demonstrate with children some new drawing tools function about colour fill, text and label. After introductions of the function, the teacher will give an iPad to each child, and let children design by freely. After that, the teacher will help children to print out the card. Finally, the teacher will invite children one by one to share their card idea with other classmates. Then children can take home to give their mother. Justification on the rationale of using ICT for supporting young children's learning experience The advantages of finger painting have been widely recognized in academic research. As early as the 1940s, scholars began to pay attention to the help of finger painting to the development of early childhood. The study found that children can use the finger painting to vent their emotions which can help with simple painting skills to express their inner world. (Arlow and Kadis,1993) Teachers in the teaching can use ICT to raise children's interest in learning. This is an art activity which can increase children’s creativity. Tux Paint is designed to young children appropriately, the commonly used functions such as color display on the page. (Tuxpaint, 2016) So that it is easy for children to operate. It can also Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 Essay writing CHAN Pui-yin, Celine 5 encourage more attempts to use different colors and effects; than ordinary pen and paper painting, have the function "Undo" feature can help young children to try again and again, can also be changed or deleted during the painting process, in particular, the" Redo" feature that allows children to return to the previous step or the previous step, so that children can have the opportunity to rebuild and modify their experience. In addition, in the painting process, children can try different effects, through the "Redo" and then try again and render new results. This is the traditional pen and paper painting and drawing with the mouse which can not reach, and the traditional painting activities. Children can usually only complete a painting each time but use this tools are very easy to painting. Here are some of the benefits to use Tux Paint to Painting: Children can freely adjust the effects of using the paint brush which can choose your favorite colors to paint. Children can directly use the fingers on the screen to operate the function of finger painting so that the development of small muscles is not fully mature children can be skillful in operate. Reflection on the role and potential of using ICT in Early Childhood Educational Although there are a lot of benefits of using ICT have a lot. However, the school should also strictly regulate the proportion of children in school using the screen, pay Technology and Early Childhood Education Assignment 1 Essay writing CHAN Pui-yin, Celine 6 attention to protect the eyes for children to provide appropriate the computer learning environment (such as the height of tables and chairs should be consistent with the height of children, and the screen is best kept at 45 cm), It is more important to provide parents with professional knowledge, so that parents understand the pros and cons, the establishment of cooperative relations between home and school, with each other, so that children grow up physically and mentally healthy. Conclusion The use of Tablet PC to learn art may enhance the development of children's beauty, which all followed the needs of the community to enhance children's learning interest and motivation etc. So the Tablet PC teaching is imperative, but how to make their children not to become a deep family, is dependent on adults (parents and teachers) how to help children for use. (Words of number: 1049) Reference Arlow, J. A., & Kadis, A. S. J. A. (1993). Finger painting. Play therapy techniques, 162-175. Tuxpaint. (2016). Tuxpaint. Retrieved 25 November, 2016, from http://www.tuxpaint.org/ some new drawing tools function about colour fill, text and label. After introductions of the function, the teacher will give an iPad to each child, and let children design by freely. After that, the teacher will help children to print out the card. Finally, the teacher will invite children one by one to share their card idea