Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Kate Highfield
Lecturer: Mathematics, Science and Technology
Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
Kate Highfield is a teacher educator from the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. Having taught for many years, Kate now works with educators, student teachers, children and families. Kate’s PhD focused on the use of simple robotics in mathematics learning and examined the key role of metacognition in learning. The focus of her current research and teaching is the use of technologies for learning and play, with a specific focus on how technology can be used as a tool to enhance young children’s learning.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Early Childhood educators have long recognized the importance of integrated approaches to learning, with a sound understanding that children’s learning doesn’t occur in neat, segregated curriculum boxes. This integrated approach is increasingly a priority for educators working with older children, with the STEM areas suggested as being of national importance for 21st Century learners. In recent years engagement in STEM with young children is also increasing. In the United States this has in part been prompted by President Obama’s 2009 ‘White House Initiative: Educate to Innovate’, while internationally the promotion of 21s Century learning skills along with the development of new curriculum and learning frameworks have provided the impetus.
From Chapter 11 Stepping into STEM with Young Children: Simple Robotics and Programming as Catalysts for Early Learning
Kate Highfield shares her Teacher Takeaways for introducing STEM into early childhood classrooms with Chip Donohue, Editor of Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning.