Using Web 2.0 Technologies in Early Care Settings - A Case Study:

R. Miguez, J.M. Santos, and L. Anido (Spain)


Case study, childhood education, educational networks,web 2.0, interactive television, semantic technologies


Information and communication technology (ICT) has swept into modern society and rapidly been brought to use in various areas. Use of ICT in early childhood education enables new working practices in children care, more effective communication between different early childhood education actors and, in general, a better quality education. However, in spite of the advantages, its use in these environments is clearly underdeveloped. This paper presents a case study: the “” initiative, aimed at introducing ICT-based tools among practitioners and families involved in early childhood settings in Galicia, northwest of Spain. As result of this project, web 2.0 tools, as school blogs, are now broadly used by practitioners as part of their daily routine. The weblog community portal is not only a showcase for the learning activities carried out by Galician kindergartens but also is a valuable tool to support collaboration and criticism among practitioners. Taking as starting point this experience, the authors outline the main design guidelines of a new system, based on interactive TV and semantic technologies, aimed at supporting assessment procedures in early childhood settings.

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