What App is That? Using Technology as Part of your Curriculum with Children

What App is That? Using Technology as Part of your Curriculum with Children


There is much debate about the role of technology and its purpose as an educational tool. Do we use it? Do we avoid it? And if we use it is there a way that it should be used? It’s new territory and one that raises loads of questions for educators.

One thing is for sure and that is technology is central to the lives of adults and no doubt is increasingly central to the lives of children. That said, care and consideration should be a centre piece when exploring technology and apps to use with children.

This interactive, explorative workshop explores the simpler apps readily available at low cost or free for young children. Deciding what apps to use, and whether the screen time is worthwhile can be tricky, and not all staff in early education settings agree or have experience with app based digital technologies. This workshop looks at two kinds of apps – 1: functional information based apps and 2: interactive apps with which children create, rather than consume. The pedagogical opportunities of these apps are explored using iPads (please bring your tablet or iPad along to this workshop).

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the ethics of using digital technology in the early childhood setting
  • Identify the purpose of technology based learning with children
  • Locate and understand which apps can be used as part of teaching children
  • Explain the positive impact particular apps and technology can have on learning
  • Articulate the pedagogical opportunities that may result from technology


Completing this course – What App is That? (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.2.2 & 7.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.


  • APTS 6.2.2: Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities
  • APTS 7.1.2: Meet codes of ethics and conduct established by regulatory authorities, systems and services


This course aligns with:

  • QA 1: Educational program and practice