English - Use of digital tablets as didactic resource in Early Education

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    This investigation work was
    developed by an Education and TIC at Initial Level specialist due to an Intel®
    offering, institution oriented to research about the use of tablets in Initial Education.



    The study, which took place throughout 2014 academic year, describes
    the didactic possibilities that the curricular inclusion of tablets can offer
    within Mitre Kindergarten’s 5-year-old classrooms, ISPEI Sara C. de Eccleston’s
    department of application. Embracing the design elaboration process and
    observation instruments, the fieldwork development, aside from the entire observed
    data analysis process, results construction and conclusions elaboration.



    The main goal motivators of
    this investigations development were:



    1. Identify and analyze the different didactic
      uses of digital tablets in rooms with 5-year-olds.
    2. Detect possibilities-difficulties of the
      operative appropriation that 5-year-olds may face by interacting with this kind
      of technology.





    Even though the investigation team converged to plan a series of
    activities pertaining pedagogical research about personal and mobile devices,
    which provide a wide possibility of portability and use, it also moved onto
    granting teachers with validated didactic experiences for which tablets
    constitute a register device as well as data access production instruments
    meant for regular daily chores.



    Based on that, the guide-lining perspectives of the investigation were
    focused, on one hand, on didactic-pedagogical research of educational uses of
    tablets, as well as detection of operative possibilities that this devices
    provide to 5-year-olds. On the other hand, for the elaboration of didactic
    scripts to be used by other teachers in other institutional contexts. This last
    reason is what lead us to include as an annex didactic scripts (planners) and
    class observation records used on this experience.