Digi-Bags on the Go: Childminders' Expectations and Experiences of a Tablet-Based Mobile Learning Environment in Family Day Care
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CitationPihlainen, Kaisa. Suero Montero, Calkin. Kärnä, Eija. (2018). Digi-Bags on the Go: Childminders' Expectations and Experiences of a Tablet-Based Mobile Learning Environment in Family Day Care. Mobile Information Systems, 2018, 8. 10.1155/2018/6967505.
The use of mobile technologies is playing an increasingly important role in early childhood education (ECE) settings. However, although technologies are often integrated in ECE provided in day care centres, technology use in other ECE settings, such as in family day care, is rare. In this paper, we describe the Digi-bag, a tablet-based mobile learning environment deployed at several family day care homes, and present the expectations and first experiences of family day care personnel regarding the pedagogical use of Digi-bags together with 1- to 5-year-old children as well as their experiences of training to use the digital technology. The results of the pilot study indicate that the deployment of Digi-bags facilitates the pedagogical, creative, and regular use of digital technology with small children. The study also underlines the importance of providing opportunities to family day care personnel for peer support and peer learning in natural settings besides professional training in the use of digital technologies.