As an educator and a people watcher I have such mixed emotions about technology. I love that I have so much information at my fingertips and I love that I can capture a quick photo, or see what is happening in my social and professional networks any time I need. However, I also wonder about the world our children are growing up in and how I, as an educator, can harness technology’s benefits and avoid the pitfalls!
If you’re a technology lover, a technology hater, or perhaps a little like me (seeing some good and some bad)—then 2017 Live Wires Forum is for you. This two-day event has called together an amazing collection of educators and researchers (including Professor Lydia Plowman coming all the way from the UK) who will be sharing current best practice around technology use for young children.
As the editor of Live Wires I’m thrilled to see this event come together. It responds to what educators have been asking for and is a great mix of research and practice – with some sensational opportunities to explore new technologies in hands on, pedagogically appropriate ways. This event is not a sales pitch—but a chance to engage in deep learning and explore what technology use can and should look like for young children. I am particularly excited to hear about the forum’s tech play room where you can explore tech, curriculum and STEM. It’s a chance for us to explore ‘how to’ use technology in our rooms. This space, staffed by some sensational educators, will explore technology across our day to day programs and technology for different context. It is worth multiple visits across the Forum.
As we think critically about our practice and plan for a future for our children, there is no denying that the ‘technology genie’ is out of the bottle. Exploring healthy and ethical media use and examining how we can engage in best practice and great pedagogy with these tools are what many of us are striving for.
Dr Kate Highfield
Editor Live Wires and Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
PS. Early Childhood Australia congratulates Kate Highfield and family on the arrival of a baby girl.