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ERIC Number: EJ981650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
iDocument: How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing Documentation in Preschool and Primary Classrooms
Parnell, Will; Bartlett, Jackie
Young Children, v67 n3 p50-57 May 2012
With the increased prevalence of smartphones, laptops, tablet computers, and other digital technologies, knowledge about and familiarity with the educational uses for these devices is important for early childhood teachers documenting children's learning. Teachers can use smartphones every day to take photos, record video and audio, and make notes, then integrate them into daily blogs and online portfolios that parents can access. They can do all of this as the events of the day unfold, saving valuable planning time and giving families a window into their children's learning at school. As an integral part of teaching, this digital documentation process--gathering and reproducing trails and traces of children's learning experiences--is a topic worthy of study. The authors joined together to investigate the question of what digital and technological documentation processes look like in teachers' everyday practices. They hope their collaboration sheds light on the value of technology in documenting children's learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A