Educational Technology Integration in the Full Day Kindergarten Classroom: Fostering Sustainable Change
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Implementation of educational technology into Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) classrooms requires more than just the acquisition of hardware; it requires embedded professional development and training for the FDK educational team in order to foster sustainable change. Research that underpins this project comes from literature related to: Effective educational technology integration in the early years; Designing effective professional learning for teachers; Shifts in the culture within a school; and shifts in teachers’ mindsets. The literature is clear that in order for a sustainable shift in classroom culture, pedagogy and practice to occur there must be ongoing support for these changes. Face-to-face support, either due to lack of expertise, budget allocations, time restraints, or geographical location can be difficult to administer in a timely manner. Therefore, this project focuses on the creation of a professional development resource that will supplement face-to-face professional learning and thereby bridge moments when direct support is not possible. The artifact for this project is the independent creation of an Apple iTunesU course to support the developmentally appropriate and meaningful integration of iPad technology into an FDK educational team’s daily kindergarten classroom practice. By designing a self-paced, professional learning collection of resources, combined with an asynchronous online discussion forum, the goal of this project is to provide professional learning that is relevant, easily accessible, responsive and ubiquitous over time and space.