Engaging with digital documentation and technology series


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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
2Know the content and how to teach it
6Engage in professional learning


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.

Learners are advised to complete the series in sequential order as the series gradually builds on knowledge and ideas presented in earlier modules.


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

Watch the trailer for the Engaging with digital documentation and technology series below: