Learning stories using the internet: Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten

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Onehunga-Cuthbert learning stories

Two learning stories involving the use of the Internet as an information source

How often the phrase "using ICT to enhance learning" is heard. But what does change when ICTs and, in particular, the Internet are added into the mix? Bev Douglas from Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten and Ann Hatherly decided to answer this question by examining more closely two children's learning stories written by Bev

Centre: Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten

Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten has a long history, being one of the first established in the Auckland Kindergarten Association in 1925. It has strong links with the local community and has seen many generations of learners pass through the centre. The families attending are a reflection of the highly multicultural nature of Onehunga’s population. It is licensed for 45/45 with three teachers and there is a strong culture of family involvement in the daily learning programme.

Onehunga Cuthbert Kindergarten.

It has an extensive park-like playground which provides spaces for many physical challenges. It includes organic gardens that are maintained by the local Chinese community and children become involved through planting, composting and maintaining the worm farm.





ICT Used:

How is the Internet used at Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten?

Onehunga-Cuthbert Kindergarten has five computers (desktops and laptops) connected to high-speed Internet for teacher and child use.

Children are encouraged to explore a list of pre-selected websites that cover a broad range of curriculum areas. Teachers tend to use the laptops with children when seeking information, almost in preference to books. They find it quicker, more specific, and more convenient, and can continue meaningful interactions with children while researching online; they find a book search may take them away from both supervision and relationship building.

"I’m not suggesting that sharing book reading with children is not as important as ever. I am referring here to those times when it is necessary to find information quickly in order to capitalise on 'the learning moment'."

Bev Douglas, teacher.

Relevant YouTube videos are often shown at mat times to broaden children's learning interests and Google Earth is accessed regularly. (The digital projector is usually used at these times to accommodate the large group of viewers.) Teachers also access videos from some daily news sites, both international and local. An example of this was when they showed the Santa Parade a few days after the event, from the New Zealand Herald site. This experience led to a flurry of sharing about home experiences, as children recalled seeing the parade with family.

Last updated: 18 March 2010