This presentation will report on a 2 year research project which focussed on the potential of iPads as learning objects in the early years. The project introduced iPads to teachers and children in Kindergarten and the first year of school and suggests ways in which they impacted on the pedagogies, curriculum and learning.
One of the most salient findings relates to the use of personal iPads from the beginning of school. It was found that the use of iPads for learning necessarily involves having access to personal information in the form of photographs, websites and previously created artifacts, that enable young children to design and produce new ones. The changing and dynamic nature of tablets enables new learning in a variety of ways.
The presentation will also discuss the ways in which teachers were scaffolded to support the introduction and continued use of iPads in their teaching. Pre service teachers worked with teachers to plan and implement curriculum activities that were relevant and interesting to the young children.