Children of the New Millennium
Prof Nicola Yelland, Associate Professor Susan Hill, Gerry Mulhearn.
This research explored young children's (aged 4 to 8 years of age) expertise with information and communication technologies (ICT) both in school with their teachers and in out of school contexts. We worked with early childhood teachers to observe young children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to see how they used ICT, how many forms they used and to what extent ICT related to other forms of play and learning in literacy and numeracy. We collaborated with teachers to document the children’s use both in school and in their homes in an attempt to encapsulate the impact and use of ICT in their lives. The concept of a techno tour is introduced in the context of the home use of ICT, whereby the children showed us what they do with ICT at home. Further a framework for considering children’s interactions and learnings with ICT was created so that we were able to explore the ways in which children's knowledge, understandings and use of technologies occur and if they change over time.
Prof Nicola Yelland (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Hong Kong Institute of Education
Professor Nicola Yelland is Head of the Department of School and Early Childhood Education at the RMIT University in Melbourne. Professor Yelland is an active researcher who is interested in the ways in which new information and communications technologies can enhance teaching and learning contexts. Her research has been supported by funding from the ARC and she is currently the editor of an on line refereed research journal entitled Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood ( http://www.triangle.co.uk/ciec/ )and the series editor for Routledge Falmer of New York city for a series entitled Changing Images of Early Childhood. Professor Yelland publishes extensively and works in the international arena most particularly in the USA. She is the editor of three books and the author of one. More recently Prof. Yelland conducted seminars and workshops in the US related to the effective use of ICT in teacher education and professional practice. Her current ARC research projects focus on examinations of young children’s learning with computer games in school and in out of school contexts, conceptualizations of numeracy with ICT, an investigation of the new basics and young children’s use of technologies in home and school.
Associate Professor Susan Hill (Australia)
Faculty of Education
University of South Australia
My research is in the area of early literacy development and I have been Project Director of two large national projects: ‘100 Children go to School’ and ‘100 Children Turn 10’. I have written more than 20 books for teachers on literacy related topics.
Gerry Mulhearn (Australia)
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)