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Can digital technologies and early childhood education play nicely together?

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Is it a threat to their imaginative play, a revolution in developing their problem solving skills, or a flash in the pan?

Event details

Hear from early childhood education practitioners and researchers about the impact of digital technology on our children.

Tuesday 31 October 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Building 501, Curtin University Kent Street, Bentley
Standard: $60. Current Curtin staff or student: $30.
Four young students looking down at iPad screen

Digital technologies are an increasingly common aspect of children’s lives. With this comes debate about the role digital technology is to play in their education. How can you as an educator or parent have an informed discussion about these topics?

The Professional Learning Hub is hosting an event with a knowledgeable and experienced panel of practitioners and academics to provide you with some clarity.

In the first hour, a team of educators from the Curtin Early Childhood Centre (CECC) will present on their iSTEM research project led by Dr Karen Murcia from the Curtin School of Education and CECC Director Virginia McSporran.

Following that an audience participation panel discussion will be MCed by Dr Karen Murcia, with Virginia McSporran and four Curtin School of Education academics with interests in this area.

This event is open to all early childhood educators (both experienced and fresh graduates), early childhood education leaders and interested parents/guardians of children in their early years (0-8 years).

By the end of this session you will gain:

  • A greater awareness of the key issues around emergent STEM curriculum in early childhood education
  • An insight into the way an academic research project in early childhood education is implemented
  • A better understanding of how early childhood education practitioners are responding in their day-to-day interactions with children
  • A certificate of participation which can be used as evidence of professional development.

Light refreshments will be served.

Register your place

About your presenters

Dr Karen Murcia is a senior member of the Curtin University teacher education team with a focus on producing high-impact educational research and engagement with interactive and innovative teaching. She is a specialist in STEM education. Her research in pedagogical interactivity and technology enhanced learning environments investigates the impact of ICT integration and gamification on digitally aware students’ motivation and interest in learning.

Virginia McSporran is the Director of the Curtin University Early Childhood Centre. Her career has always been in early childhood education, as a qualified teacher working in schools, kindergartens and day care before working in therapeutic programs for children with developmental and behavioural issues. She accepted the position in Curtin University Early Childhood Centre to become more involved in the education of children and the development of quality environments that positively influence the learning outcomes for young children.

Discussion panel members

Dr Jenny Jay

Associate Professor Judith Dinham

Dr Madeleine Dobson

Ms Jane Merewether