It’s high time kids got appy at school
TEACHERS should stop focusing on standardised testing and become more tech-savvy, a leading educational expert says.
Flinders University Professor of Early Childhood Studies Nicola Yelland wants schools to move away from a focus on basic skill acquisition and embrace new technologies.
She said teachers saw “governments and the public obsessed with national tests results which focus on print literacy” while young children in their homes were fluent in both digital and print technologies.
“This is problematic as we strive to educate children to be active citizens in the 21st century for a world of ‘work’ that is continually evolving and changing,” Professor Yelland said.
She studied the school-based learning of 459 children aged two to 12 over four years and found their experiences were enhanced when both digital media and traditional methods of teaching were used.
“Teachers should be encouraged and supported to incorporate the use of tablets and a range of apps in learning options,” Professor Yelland said.
APPY TO LEARN: Evia, Claudia and Tiger use their tablets to research school projects, as well as for reading and maths apps.