Journal article

Using tablets in free play: The implementation of the digital play framework in Greece

Maria Hatzigianni, Athanasios Gregoriadis, Ioanna Karagiorgou, Sofia Chatzigeorgiadou

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

The use of tablets in a Greek kindergarten class (16 children aged 4–5) under the digital play framework (Bird & Edwards, 2015) is explored in this study. The Vygotskian framework was adapted with permission in the Greek language and socio-cultural context. The aim was to understand children's use of new, touchscreen technologies, but also to identify a useful way to observe the progression of that engagement. The project lasted for 4 months and children were observed ten times (written and video recorded observations). Children were observed in pairs or small groups during their free play with the tablets. Findings suggest that the adapted framework was particularly helpful, when observing ..

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