I have worked in early childhood for a number of years and for the last
eight have been the Head Teacher at Westmere Kindergarten. Over this time
my own interest in ICT has increased and this has led to seeing how ICT
can fit in the early childhood setting in a meaningful way. Initially
children worked on an old P.C. As funds permitted equipment was upgraded.
Today we have two ibooks, aG5 imac, two digital still cameras and a video
camera for the children to use.
Westmere Kindergarten has a long tradition of story telling which came
about through the use of the assessment framework known as learning Stories.
These are narrative style, are accessible by children and their whanau/family,
and tell a story of the learning that happened for the child.
The learning is then analysed and the next step is planned for with the
childs interest in mind. Because of this narrative style, children
have become more familiar with the story-ing nature of documentation and
began to tell their own stories initially through the childs
voice. Teachers then provided the opportunity for children to tell
their own stories, to a point where it has become accepted by children,
teachers, whanau/parents that story telling is some thing that we
do here. Initially these stories were hand written by the teacher
as the child dictated them and over time it seemed a logical progression
to use the new computers to record childrens stories. The children
and the teachers are now able to document the childrens stories
in a range of ways, including the use of ICT. It has frequently been the
case, over time, that children develop complex and imaginative stories.
It has been our impression that childrens stories increase in complexity,
connections and continuity over time, but working full time in the kindergarten
environment has not given the teachers time to analyse in depth the learning
that is happening for children through their story telling. This project
has enabled me to look more closely at this, with ICTs as an additional
This project has also given me the opportunity to explore how different
programmes can assist childrens story telling, e.g.. Using Kidpix
and PowerPoint, Garageband and iMovie.
My Core Interest:
What is the process whereby young children in an ECE setting can use ICTs
to assist them to tell stories? What are the affordances (what makes it
easy?) and what are the constraints (what makes it difficult?). The initial
framework for analysis will be to look at complexity, connections and
Research has shown that ICTs can be integrated into teaching and learning
to enhance the curriculum of Te Whãriki and associated learning
dispositions (habits of mind, or approaches to learning situations (e.g.
a capacity for persisting, being engaged, communicating, taking responsibility).
Story telling is part of this learning.
Can the use of ICTs enhance the complexity, connections and continuity
of young childrens story telling?
Then if it can
1. What is the process whereby ICTs may assist some children
to use storytelling to make connections with what they already know
and with prior experiences?
2. What is the process whereby ICTs may assist some children
to tell more complex stories?
3. What is the process whereby ICTs may assist some children
to tell stories with continuity of ideas?
4. What are the affordances and the constraints along
the way when using ICTs to
record childrens stories?