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Taking Photos Further: How Can We Harness Digital Cameras in Early Childhood?

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This is presentation 1 of 3, at station "Early Learning Network Playground Station 3" within the playground "It’s Center Time with the Early Learning Network!"; scroll down to see more details.

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Dr. Kate Highfield  

Photos, happy snaps, digital documentation, pics and snapshots — how do we take these tools and expand opportunities for young children? This session will explore research and practice to harness the affordances of digital cameras with children in prior-to-school and school settings (from birth to eight years).

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to padlet (web based so no account needed), twitter or instagram will help educators connect further in this session.
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiences.
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is for educators to re-think their use of digital photos. To take an opportunity to look more closely at the digital camera tools they have access to and to use these as expanders of children's learning.


This session is a hands on session that encourages teachers to use the tools they have in their context, exploring the technical and pedagogic capabilities.

Supporting research

Drawing on Gibson's notion of affordances this session will explore research and practice.

This work is based on my own research, research on children's agency and feedback and on emerging research on digital assessment and documentation.

Full references available if successful.

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Dr. Kate Highfield, Early Childhood Australia

Dr Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and researcher, currently working with Early Childhood Australia - as General Manager or Professional Learning and Research Translation. Kate’s work explores effective technology integration and use, with a focus on potential impacts on learning (for adults and children), pedagogy and play. Kate has spent over two decades working as a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator and researcher at Swinburne and Macquarie Universities. Kate's current research (supported by a range of grants and Australian government projects) explores the impact of technology as a tool with young children, parents and educators.

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