In the first half of this year, I had the privilege of journeying with 4 kindergartens as they explored the use of technology with preschoolers. There was much that we learned together.
One of the concerns we had was how preschoolers would take to learning the use of the technology, be it the operation of the device or the use of an app. As we strived to use apps that allow the children to create, as compared to a mere drill or game type of consumption app, there was initially some apprehension that much time have to be devoted to introduce the use of the tools.
A simple strategy that we found useful was to show and not merely tell, and we call it “I do, we do, you do” . The teacher would demonstrate how she might create using the devise and app, and then as a class, some children were then invited to also try their hands at it, and finally, we have the children work in groups of 2 or 3 to complete their task.
We have found this to be an effective and efficient strategy, and all too often, the children surprised us with the ease with which they were able to handle the given task. This could of course be attributed also to the ease of use of the tablet devices such as iPad and their respective apps. Nonetheless, we think that the “I do, we do, you do” strategy of showing and not just telling has also contributed to this.
While in the investigation we did not have the opportunity for the children to work individually, in due course, we can expect that the children will be comfortable with using it on their own and even be very creative with how they would use ICT in their learning.