Creating and Collaborating in the Early Childhood Classroom
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Stowe, C.A., Scarlata, V. & Stowe-Grant, E. (2006). Creating and Collaborating in the Early Childhood Classroom. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 218-222). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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This presentation focuses on the work produced in one classroom of four-year-olds that is part of a larger collaboration exploring how technology can be used to significantly enhance the learning of young children. Our work moves beyond introducing available software in early childhood classrooms in order to provide an additional context in which students might explore skills that can be developed without technology. Rather, we are designing the means for integrating interactive authoring environments into preprimary and primary classrooms. Our goal is to provide an infrastructure, via technology, from which young children can make previously unexpected cognitive leaps. While some might argue that this goal has merit enough in and of itself to drive a research agenda, an additional motivator of our work has been the ongoing demands that technology be implemented in classrooms for young children (Bewick & Kostelnik, 2004) with little consideration as to the appropriateness of its typical uses.
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