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Introduction: Digital media education – guidance and opportunities

Welcome! Here you find the e-learning module of the EU-project Keep in Touch. Since digital devices are present throughout all aspects of life children gather early on first media experiences. Thus it is important to offer guidance and to acknowledge their right to be accompanied in this learning process.

This e-learning project would like to offer an insight in creative media education with children in Kindergarten for educators, teachers and pedagogical specialists. Various aspects of media education with children are introduced and explained in five units. These aspects range from how to use media in everyday life in kindergarten to strategies of communication with parents through digital devices in kindergarten.

Each part has been developed by a partner of the EU-project Keep in touch from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal. It is a collection of various ways of approaching creative media work in early childhood education as it reflects the different focal points in each European country. Therefore it is not in chronological order but can be used according to interest and specific topic question.

Here is an overview for each unit and their learning goals:

JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis, Germany

This unit is about digital media in general and how it can be actively used in Kindergarten. Here you can learn about basics of media education, learning goals and practical media projects with children.  

For starters you explore your own media profile with a little game and the app „ACTIONBOUND“. After that there are different possibilities on display on how to apply creative media work with children. These include: 

  • Talking about media – Gallery of media heroes
  • Photography – a visual approach of topics
  • Audio – play with audio, sound as vehicol
  • Film – magical tricks with camera and their effects

Learning goals in this unit:

  • Recognize different digital devices
  • mediate an overview on various methods of how to apply media projects in Kindergarten
  • facilitate knowledge about which digital tools are necessary to record photo, audio or video material
  • find and explore a range of apps for creative work with media together with children using a tablet 
  • Gain confidence with creative work with media on mobile devices and apps through exercise and repetition

Zaffiria, Italy

In this unit you learn about the concept of  the digital atelier as envisioned by Alberto Manzi and Bruno Munari. It introduces basic outlines of the concept as well as the role of the educator within the digital atelier. 

The digital ateliers center around the following topics:

  • Nature
  • Emotions
  • Language/Storytelling
  • Numbers
  • Physical activities

Learning goals in this unit:

  • to approach media in differing and creative ways
  • to develop flexible methods for dealing with digital media in context with children 
  • to acquire knowledge about innovative ways to deal with digital demands during a pandemic situation as well es building an educational bridge with parents  for collaboration in this process.

La Fabulerie, France

This unit deals with the question about how to motivate children and parents to perform digital activities at home. With the help of story telling you can learn about the connection of creativity and learning process and how it can be used to work together with children, educators and parents. Additionally  there are tipps on how to present this digital content in an appealing way.

These topics are the main focus:

  • Introduction in analogue Ludoboxes
  • Extension with digital Ludoboxes
  • Ideas and tips for digital exhibitions

Learning goals in this unit:

  • Using story telling and digital tools to stay in contact with parents and children
  • Acquisition of digital knowledge
  • Basic skills for presentation of digital creations 
  • Play and fun!

Media Animation, Belgium

This unit centers around coeducation, i.e. media competence in coeducative school family. It bridges school and familiy for educational purposes and demonstrates how collaboration could successfully work.

Topics in this unit:

  • Understanding the concept of coeducative school 
  • Illustrate the co-educative method trough projects and activities regarding media competence
  • Challenges and opportunities of coeducation in the context of promoting media competence
  • Tips for successful performance of co-educative school family

Escolas de Sant’Antonio, Portugal

This unit presents and portays different means  and digital tools that can be used in everyday life in the context of teaching and learning with children.

It aims to improve communication channels and enhance the relationship between school, families and other partners in educational context by way of building up various technological resources. 

Topics in this unit: 

  • Promote digital competence and support educational community with knowledge about digital tols in the context of teaching and learning processes
  • Get to know a set of examples regarding digital tools, which enable a closer communication between school and family
  • Build awareness for digital security, data protection and personal rights connected to using digital tools in educational context
  • Get to know a set of examples regarding digital tools, which can be used in Kindergarten and enable children to use digital tools in a creative way

Good luck! Enjoy working with the E-Learning course and “Keep in Touch” with children and parents in Kindergarten. This E-Learning course helps you: to support children using digital media in a creative way, to accompany children from an early age on in an adequate way based on their age and to help them navigate in a complex world of media.

Concluding you find a link to the Digital Competence Framework for Educators that we reccomend.

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Module 5:
Digital tools in communication between school and family

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This E-learning module intends to propose useful digital tools for educators to establish close relationships, and a better form of communication between school, families and other members of the educational community.

It also intends to show some learning support apps that educators can apply in the teaching-learning process in their daily lives with children and with families.

Learning goals in this session

  • Promote digital literacy and educate the educational community to use digital tools in the teaching-learning process;
  • Learning about digital tools that allow for closer communication between school and Family;
  • Know and learn to use different applications that can be used in Kindergarten and that allow the child to creatively use digital tools.

Lecture 1

In this module we have chosen six digital tools that we think are useful for educators and families.

It’s now time to explore the different digital tools!

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Module 1:
How to use media

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Digital devices are a constant part in everyday life. Children are fascinated by them from an early age on. They see smartphones, tablets and other media in the family as well as in public. When they enter kindergarten, many children already have experience with digital media. 

Therefore it is important for educators to support children in the creative use of digital media, to accompany them in an adequate way from a very early age on and to help them in finding their way in a complex media world. 

This module is about digital media and how it can be used actively in kindergarten. You will learn about media education basics, learning goals and practical media work with children. 

To get started, explore your media profile with a little game. For this media quiz we use ACTIONBOUND, an interactive plattform, with an app suitable for IOS as well as android. You can download the Actionbound-App for FREE on both stores.

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Here are some GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS for long-term media education and an OVERVIEW of parameters that should be included in planning basic education in early childhood.

Basic groundwork is important through childhood, from infancy to school career and young adulthood, i.e., from certain needs at any particular age to a long-term perspective of understanding and using media (digital and analog). For example: 

Short-term educational goals: 

  • knowing of and what media is 
  • understanding that media are made by people
  • highlighting development processes of children and promote basic education through various creative activities with media support 
  • basic understanding and guidance into the differentiated use of digital devices and goal-oriented applications.

Long-term educational goals:

  • technical and structural understanding of different media forms and media devices as well as social media technology
  • conscious engagement and participation with and through media 
  • conscious choice of modes for operation and problem solving, i.e., choice of device and software with a basic
  • understanding of network structure and cybersecurity, as well as personal rights within digital choices.

Lecture 1

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Module 4:
Media literacy through the co-education school-families

Co-educate young children to media through a teachers-parents partnership

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In this module, we will focus on co-education, more specifically media literacy through the co-education school-families. With our project we aim to create an educational bridge between schools and families at the benefits of the children. Challenges related to digital media are at the crossroads of school and family. Working there together and putting the young child at the center of the collaboration, is a way to provide him with good benchmarks to evolve critically in a hyper-connected world.

What is co-education about?
As a teacher, how can I reach parents, collaborate with them, involve them?
What about media-education; are there projects that focus on this specific matter?
How to introduce the subject in a fun and constructive way?

You will find answers to those questions thanks to the diversity of material at your disposal below.

Learning goals in this session

  • To understand the concept of co-education school – families: objectives and challenges identified.  
  • To illustrate the co-education methodology through Media Literacy projects and activities.
  • To identify the obstacles and opportunities of co-education to media literacy.
  • To brainstorm about solutions/tips/ for making coeducation a success.

Introductory activity

Lecture 1

Good practice #1
Tandem: learning scenarios

Learning scenarios of media education activity for schools & families

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Good practice #2
Tandem: tips for school-families partnership

Methodological tips for school – family partnership in media education

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Good practice #3
123 clic

The online tool and booklet “123 clic”

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Module 2:
The Digital Atelier in the Kindergarten

Divergent and creative uses of media.

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With this module we would like to introduce you to the concept of the digital atelier, which we think can give you valuable tools to approach the digital in Kindergarten  to strengthen the competences of children from an early age in a manner that is appropriate to their development, for dealing creatively, critically and safely with digital media, and for supporting them in finding their way in the complex world of media. Accompanying children to discover the world by creatively using technology can also be an exciting experience for educators. 

With our project we aim also to extend this proposal to create an educational bridge with the families, as well as other cultural institutions that are part of the bigger educational family. Then, as the great pedagogist Alberto Manzi urged us:  it is a matter of building together a new technological culture that has at its centre the child’s experience, his desire to discover and understand the world. Educators, teachers, and atelierists need to go back to the craftsmen’s workshop to discover that there are many tools, but that it is the mastery of use and the wisdom of gesture that makes the difference.

Learning goals in this session

  • Approach media in a divergent and creative way
  • Develop flexible ways of approaching the digital with the very young 
  • Gaining knowledge on innovative practices on approaching the digital during the pandemic, including the families in the process and creating an educational bridge

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Lecture 3

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Module 3:
Approaching the digital in an analog way

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In this module, we will look at how to engage kids and parents with digital activities to do at home. We will describe how, at La Fabulerie, we use storytelling, blending learning and creativity to work together with children, teachers and parents. We will also give tips on how to display this digital content in an attractive way.

You want to make the perfect homemade digital exhibition: let’s get started!

Learning goals in this session

  • Use storytelling and digital tools to keep in touch with your community
  • Gain digital knowledge
  • Learn how to display your digital creations
  • Play and have fun!

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