The intergration of ICT in early childhood context has brought me to a broader view of teaching and learning. I realised that ICT cultivates more student-centred learning. For instance, the digital camera itself has many functions that can be integrated in learning. Children could learn to use digital camera to capture or record process of an experiment. From the captured process, children could elaborate further with a caption and use as evidence to discuss among their peers. My peer, Choy Yee posted on a photo sharing apps that notify me further on the greatness of ICTs. With such apps, learning could be visible to parents as well, they could also get to track on the activities that children did in class.
I found another interesting tools that can be used for early childhood context from an oversea coursemate. She found a digital microscope that enable to enlarge things and children are able to view it instantly through the computer screen. View the interesting video.
The Technology Integration Planning Model (TIP) is one of the model that we learn in Week 8 learning path. Based on my understanding, TIP model offers a useful approach in designing ICT-rich lessons. It is also a model that identifies and addresses challenges involved in ICT integration.
This model developed by Roblyer (2006) has 5 different phases in TIP model
1. Determine relative advantage
2. Decide on objective and assessments
3. Design integration strategies
Method use in teaching
4. Prepare the instructional environment
-Appropriate resources or material.
5. Evaluate and revise integration strategies
-How well did it go?
– further improvements.
My coursemate, Charis had also discussed about the TIP model, click on her blog to view on her explanation on TIP model. As I was surfing, I found there is another phase, view here.
Roblyer, M.D (2006). Integrating educational technology into teaching. 4th ed, Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ