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iDocument: How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing Documentation in Preschool and Primary Classrooms


Young Children Volume 67, Number 3, ISSN 1538-6619


With the increased prevalence of smartphones, laptops, tablet computers, and other digital technologies, knowledge about and familiarity with the educational uses for these devices is important for early childhood teachers documenting children's learning. Teachers can use smartphones every day to take photos, record video and audio, and make notes, then integrate them into daily blogs and online portfolios that parents can access. They can do all of this as the events of the day unfold, saving valuable planning time and giving families a window into their children's learning at school. As an integral part of teaching, this digital documentation process--gathering and reproducing trails and traces of children's learning experiences--is a topic worthy of study. The authors joined together to investigate the question of what digital and technological documentation processes look like in teachers' everyday practices. They hope their collaboration sheds light on the value of technology in documenting children's learning.


Parnell, W. & Bartlett, J. (2012). iDocument: How Smartphones and Tablets Are Changing Documentation in Preschool and Primary Classrooms. Young Children, 67(3), 50-57. Retrieved December 7, 2019 from .

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