Seminar on Technology and Play to Learn: Rethinking the Role of Educator in Support of Student’s Learning in the Digital Era

Date :

2019-03-28 (Thursday)

Time :

10:00 - 12:00

Venue :

Room 701, 7/F., VTC Tower


2 hrs hours

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Category :

Pedagogy and Assessment - Education/Information Technology

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About the Event :

There is an increasing use of mobile technology with many easily accessible applications on a digital device (e.g. iPad).  Many parents and educators have worries that technology is fundamentally changing how students play and interact with people and with the world around them. Technology has integrated the real world and the digital one, and brought vast amounts of information as well as social interaction from around the world to the fingertip of a student. Research has found that time spent on mobile devices is on the rise for children as young as toddlers. The effects of technology and the quantity and quality of screen time on student's social, emotional development are the focus of ever more heated debates among the parents and educators. This seminar will discuss the impact of technology on student's learning through the concept of “play to learn”. The participants will be encouraged to rethink how technology can be used in creative and exploratory ways for engaging students in real-world adventures so a true learning can happen.

Seminar Objectives:  

  • identify the ways that technology has impacted student's learning
  • identify the possibilities and challenges for education in a digital age
  • explore the strategies to support student's learning with digital technology in everyday life

Facilitator(s) :

Dr. Yalin Gorica is a Professor of Early Childhood Education, who teaches both the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma programme and the Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) Bachelor Degree programme at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advance Learning in Ontario, Canada. Having worked with students from as young as toddlers to mature students at various colleges and institutes in Canada, Dr. Gorica not only understands broad issues regarding learners' developmental abilities and programme expectations, but has also designed, implemented and mentored many projects to help students succeed in their programmes. Dr. Gorica's research interests focus on internationalisation in higher education, social policy and management in early childhood, language development in young children and the use of technology in early childhood. Dr. Gorica regularly attends and presents at national and international conferences in the field of early childhood education, applied research and teaching in higher education.  

Target Audience :

All VTC teaching and instructing Staff

Enquiry :

Ms CHENG Winnie Annie
Project Officer
Tel: 2836-1808