The challenge in this training effort is to foster the introduction of an innovative program influencing multiple aspects of the kindergartens’ life: it is about technology (content); technological thinking (cognitive processes and skills); technology teaching in the kindergarten (pedagogy); and novel means and environments for young children’s learning-by-doing technology (learning environment). Thus in this first stage of implementation; the main goals pursued were to ensure a progressive and natural adoption of the innovative program by the teaching teams; as well as its gradual and successful implementation in the kindergartens.
In this paper we report about the first stage of training and implementation of the program using data from structured teaching-teams questionnaires; observations; and documentation of actual activities in the kindergartens.
Keywords: Technological thinking; design; teacher training; preschoolers
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