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Good Video Games and Good Learning

I played my first video game four years ago when my six-year-old son Sam was playing Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside. In Pajama Sam, child “super-hero” Sam—mine and the virtual one—goes off to the “Land of Darkness” to find and capture “Darkness” in a lunch...

Belonging, Being and Becoming

The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia This is Australia’s first national Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators. The aim of this document is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school. The Council of Australian Governments has developed...

Alert as Kids Rule the Web

NET-savvy preps are mastering the world wide web in rising numbers as worried parents become cyber-safety zealots. Sixty per cent of five to eight-year-olds surf the net, with Victorian children the most likely to switch on their computers. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest Australian social trends report shows that...

Computer Use by Preschool Children

Computer use by preschool children: Rethinking practice as digital natives come to preschool The world of most Western children has undergone significant changes in the past few decades, brought about significantly by the uptake of computers. Yet early childhood philosophy has been one where particular notions have remained relatively consistent...

Even Tots Need to be Cyber-Savvy

CYBER education for children should start in preschool, a major investigation of online safety has found. More than a year in the making, the High-Wire Act Report makes dozens of recommendations to Parliament on how to educate children and teenagers on remaining safe in the increasingly complex online environment. The...

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