Engaging with digital documentation and technology (3-part series)



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QA1Educational program and practice
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA7Governance and Leadership
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
2Know the content and how to teach it
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
5Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
6Engage in professional learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Karen Turner
Karen Turner is an education lecturer and early childhood consultant. She works as a pedagogical mentor at two Melbourne-based services that have been rated as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ in all areas by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. She has more than 15 years’ experience in early childhood in the UK...
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What is digital documentation and why is it widely seen as a valuable innovation for the early childhood sector? This three-part series will take you on a journey through multiple perspectives—that of the child and family, the educator and the leadership team—to consider how best to implement documentation through a digital medium.

This series is made up of three modules, including:

Part one (Children and families) explores:

  •          Contemporary communication and engagement expectations
  •          Capturing the child’s voice
  •          Respectful relationships and ethical processes
  •          Family partnerships and collaboration

Part two (Educators) explores:

  •           The changing roles of teacher and learner
  •           Developing digital documentation
  •           A digital planning cycle
  •           Using digital assessment tools
  •           Planning for and assessing children’s learning
  •           Demonstrating an awareness of children’s interests and using contemporary technologies to enhance learning experiences
  •           Engaging collaboratively with colleagues and contributing to reflective practice

Part three (Leadership and management) explores:

  •           The role of leadership in promoting and encouraging innovation
  •           How technologies are transforming teaching and learning
  •           Code of Ethics and professional standards
  •           Policy development and ethical issues when engaging with the digital world

Learning objectives:

  • Analyse the role of emerging technologies and their effects on the nature of learning.Describe and evaluate the use of new technologies for teaching and learning.
  • Use digital documentation to interact and communicate effectively with young children and families, with the main aims of building and strengthening relationships and supporting learning.
  • Summarise and evaluate viewpoints to reflect on the social and ethical issues associated with responsible, safe and legal use of learning technologies.
  • Communicate and relate to families respectfully and in ways that demonstrate awareness of the particular importance of collaboration and shared decision-making.
  • Use digital tools and platforms to plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences that demonstrate the ability to articulate aims, objectives, procedures, outcomes and evaluation practices.
  • Use digital tools and platforms to assess and document children’s development and learning in collaboration with families in a variety of ways that lead to a deep and broad basis for planning curriculum.
  • Use digital documentation to model respectful and sensitive interaction with young children in ways that lead to establishing and strengthening relationships that support learning.
  • Develop strategies to establish and strengthen a range of collaborations and connections with families and the broader community by using digital documentation.