USE OF TABLETS IN INITIAL LEVEL

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    Research of Inclusion Tablets in Initial Level with focus on Learning and Science

     

     

    This investigation project emerged from the context of the politics of technology
    inclusion in educative surroundings of Argentina from the last years, due to
    the interest that the intendance of the Municipality of Vicente López, along
    with INTEL® have to promote the educative quality, ensure literacy and digital
    inclusion.

     

    Specifically, it was needed to investigate the contributions that expanded education with
    tablets can grant to Natural Science learning on initial level. For this, we
    worked with Kindergartens
    No
    8 and 9
    of the Municipality of Vicente López (Buenos Aires, Argentina), with two rooms of 5 years of each
    kindergarten (4 rooms in total). In each kindergarten, one of the rooms
    (“control” group) worked with one learning unit called “El mundo de los hongos
    (The world of fungi)”, with a 6-week
    duration, where children had to investigate about the characteristics of fungi
    as living beings and the process of food decomposition in different conditions.
    The other room (experimental group or “tablets”) worked with a similar learning
    unit, which also included tablets as a fundamental resource for the research
    project, just as much for doing measurements, as for looking for information
    and communicating what they have learnt.

     

    Students of all the groups were evaluated by their knowledge in Natural Science and their scientific skills
    before and after the project of learning unit. For this, 12 kids of each room
    were selected, with different levels of school performance; therefore, a
    representative sample of the whole group of students. The children were
    assessed by interviews where they had a test with open-ended questions with
    different everyday situations that the students had to explain based on lessons
    learned from the learning unit. The results of the evaluations of the “control”
    and “tablet” groups were statistically compared through a Chi Square test.