ICT in the Primary School

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ASDF; LKJH: CHALLENGES TO EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY IN THE INFORMATION AGE

How might young children's experiences in a primary classroom reflect the potential for information and communication technology (ICT) to be an integral part of their learning in an 'information society'? Nicola Yelland presents a discussion of the challenges to traditional curricula and teaching strategies which are posed by the imaginative use of ICT by teachers. She calls for a reconceptualization of the curriculum in which ICT is used as 'an artefact of innovation'. In this chapter she describes a number of examples of children's learning with technology embedded in the curriculum and argues that ICT can extend the repertoire of good teachers and enable children to represent their understanding in varied and dynamic ways.


Introduction: the potential of
ICT beyond the curriculum

ICT has fundamentally changed the way we do things in our everyday lives and in business. However, although this is evident all around us, schools and education policy seem to be caught in a 'time warp' and continue to adopt the practice of mapping the new technologies on to old curricula with tired pedagogy—in much the same way that we

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