I am thrilled to be the editor of the new Live Wires platform and to welcome you as it launches on the ECA Learning Hub. This is a new and exciting phase for Live Wires offering ‘Live Wires’ themed modules and webinars, tips and extra resources, plus a new home for ECA’s young children and technology blog, Digichild.
It seems everyone is talking about STEM and STEM learning – and with good reason. It’s an exciting time to be an early childhood professional with the chance to guide, shape and learn alongside young children as they explore technologies and their potential. We aim to make Live Wires your trusted source of quality information about healthy digital media and technology use. Here we hope you will find something to intrigue, spark your interest, settle a question or start you on a new direction whether you are a researcher, educator, carer or part of family with young children (or all of the above!). Opinions and research can vary, media messages can be alarming or confusing, but where young children and digital technology are concerned one thing is clear: everyone would like more information, research and guidance about good practices, quality resources and healthy, balanced behaviours.
I hope you enjoy this selection of resources and information. Like technology itself, our aim is to grow, expand and explore, so expect to see more on Live Wires soon. Let’s use the Digichild blog to stay posted about the conversation and showcase different ideas. When we engage with young children, it isn’t the app, the device, the website or the tool that matters most—it’s how we use it.
Dr Kate Highfield
Editor, Live Wires
Contribute to Digichild: If you are an early childhood educator, carer, researcher or educational leader and have a great technology story to share write to Digichild. We can’t promise to publish everything but we will read your submissions on education, early learning, early childhood educators, young children and digital technology and parenting in the technology age.