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Caritas Institute of Community Education
Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Technology and Early Childhood Education
Student Name : WONG, ka-sin
Student Number : 10125325
Tutor : Ms.Pei
Recent ten years, technology develop in a high speed, that the technology products assimilate into people's daily life, for example in 2014, nearly 5 million people aged 10 and over have smartphones, it show the penetration of the smartphone are rise rapidly. Although the technology are convenience for people’s life, face to the rise rapidly, technology may be bring some disadvantages. Then, technology is a part of ICT. ICT mean the information and communications technology.
The pros and cons of using ICT in Early Childhood Education
In the following paragraphs, I would introduce the benefits and the potential risks of using ICT in Early Childhood Education.
First, I would like to discuss the benefits of children contact with ICT, according to a website desri ICT can support different aspects of learning and development processes of young children, including language, creativity and problem-solving skills. ( mami umayahara, 2014) Take it as an reference, it mean children through to the ICT activities can be develop their literacy, creativity and problem-solving skills. Children can also play and learn together by using ICT, which can foster their ability to communicate and collaborate. It show children can develop the teamwork skills through to the ICT activities.
On the other hand, I would like to describe the potential risks of ICT in Early Childhood Education, the first point is physical and ergonomic safety risks due to prolonged usage or repetitive motions, such as musculoskeletal injuries, visual strain and myopia, obesity and other complications of a sedentary lifestyle, and possible risks of radiation exposure. The second point, the information of ICT may exposure to harmful contents, such as violence and sexual content in the commercial and advertising. The last point is about the invasion to children’s privacy, that children may give their personal information to others.
Suggestion on using ICT to support learning and teaching process in teaching children technology
In this paragraph, I would like to design a activity by using ICT in Early Childhood Education. The activity called the My favourite plant or animal in Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The activity is designed to using an ICT tool, digital camera.
Digital camera for kids
And activity would be separate to two parts, the first part is teaching the skill of using digital camera, such as which button is camera shutter and the second part is the child with a camera in the teacher’s leadership, visit the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and use the camera to record their favorite plants and animals. Also, I would like to organize a share time that all children record a photo and introduce the reason that why who choose.
Children using the digital camera to record
Justification on the rationale of using ICT for supporting young children’s learning experience
In the paragraph, I would like to analyze the benefits and disadvantages of the designed activity.
Firstly, there are three benefits in the designed activity. Children can record the favorite plant or animal in a convenience way. Through to the photo, children can avoid their drawing and painting skills in poor performance. It can help others to understand the children want to do or thinking. And they can organize a clear explanation by using digital camera. This benefit is more obviously form in children with special needs.
The other benefit is beneficial to parents and others, according to a website show the ital camera in ECE“ It creates a meaningful and productive past-time for their kids, which may be considered as an after-school activity” (Steve's digicams, 2016) Take it as an reference, it can provide the chance to children build up a habit about photography. In this benefit can scrutiny to using digital cameras in the classroom can help students to learn photography skills, which they can use at home or at their jobs that based on the website. (Laura latzko, 2015)
The last benefit is the of the digital camera, compare with the drawing the plant or animal on the paper. Using the digital camera can be more easily to stored properly, it avoid the chance of depreciation on the paper. Also, it is prepare for future extension activity.
Furthermore, I would move on to the disadvantages in designed activity. There are two disadvantages. First one is about the activity lack of the space to develop the ability in creativity. Although use the digital camera that children have a more clear to their presentation, activity to reduce the children to create and play their own space. Also, the opportunity of training the fine motor skills when children hold a pencil for drawing. Activity without much use of children to solve the problem. When use digital camera in the designed activity, children only need to consider the plant or animal who like the most. But it miss the process of observe the details of the favorite plant or animal through to drawing.
On the other point, this disadvantage is the point of view ny the school. In Hong Kong, are not pay attention of using the digital camera in the lesson. Schools may need to handle the burden of the cost, if schools want to buy the digital camera. Also, some teacher may lack of knowledge about photography skills that schools need to the burden of training costs.
Reflection on the role and potential of using ICT in Early Childhood Education
The last but not least, I would like to organize the reflection on the role and potential of using ICT. The above paragraphs show the pros and cons between using ICT, digital camera in ECE. In my views, the lesson involve to use ICT that will be part of designed activities, especially the development of ICT in the high rapidity. Also, ICT are support to build up the relationship between schools, caregivers and children. According to the views of the internet,” ICT can be a useful tool for supporting young children’s learning and development.” and “ICT use can provide a context for collaboration, co-operation, and positive learning experiences between children, or between children and adults.” (Mr otucu bonny, 2013)
The following paragraph, I would take the affect the health of young children with using ICT to refute, ICT is considered to harmful physical effects, resulting in eye health problems. But, in my view, I think it may solve by some apps. Those kind of apps can help parent to set a timer to control their child on using ICT, and even in long distance remote control of children’s technology products.
In conclusion, while ICT has both benefits and disadvantages, it does solve through the wise choice and formulation of norms, such as the timetable with using ICT.
mami umayahara. (2014). ICT in Education UNESCO Bangkok. Retrieved 24 November, 2016, from http://www.unescobkk.org/education/ict/online-resources/databases/ict-in-education-database/item/article/benefits-and-risks-of-ict-use-in-early-childhood/
Laura latzko. (2015). Advantages & Disadvantages of Using a Digital Camera in the Classroom. Retrieved 25 November, 2016, from http://www.ehow.com/info_8700264_advantages-using-digital-camera-classroom.html
Steve's digicams. (2016). 3 Benefits of Digital Photography for Kids. Retrieved 25 November, 2016, from
Mr otucu bonny. (2013). Why ICT is important in Early Childhood Development and Education today. Retrieved 25 November, 2016, from https://langosamaritan.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/why-ict-is-important-in-early-childhood-development-and-education-today/n this benefit can scrutiny to using digital cam