Term 3 Blog
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) states that children are digitally connected through many devices, which offers learning, engagement, well-being, and social connection possibilities. Children learn about digital technologies in their relationships with other children and adults. Valuable learning opportunities can be found in children’s everyday activities that support shared engagement and learning. All children benefit from opportunities to explore their world using technologies and develop confidence in digital technologies and media (EYLF 2022, p. 57).
When I think about bridging the gap between the natural and digital worlds, I think of a bridge. A bridge that connects two sides and allows people to cross from one side to another.
A bridge is essential for transportation, but it also serves as a point of connection between previously disconnected groups by providing a new way for them to interact with each other.
Digital technologies can serve as bridges between our physical world and our digital one by giving us access to information that was previously unavailable or difficult to find.
As educators, we must ensure children have access to various technologies, integrate technologies across the curriculum and research topics with children. By doing this, children become scientific researchers and take control of their learning. The integration of technologies promotes effective communication, widens vocabulary, and connects children to their world.
iNaturalist and PlantNet are just some of the many programs that assist children and educators in learning the scientific names of animals, plants, and other organisms.