Resources: Technology Impact Guide


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After years working alongside educators, we’ve seen — and research has shown — that creative thinking leads to deeper child engagement. When children are more engaged, they take more ownership of their learning. Creative skills help children become better problem solvers, communicators and collaborators. They explore more and experiment more. They tell richer stories and find their own unique voices. They stretch their imaginations and make connections they might not otherwise make — and they carry these skills through everything they do in school. And beyond.


Movies are a great way to tell stories. Documenting and sharing learning stories helps children construct meaning from their experiences. Apps like the camera help you and your children produce an imaginative, narrative, and inspiring videos that document all types of learning experiences and are a great way to capture a Running Records. When documenting narratives, it is important to include as much detail as possible about the context, such as what happened before the experience that is being documented, who was present and what happened afterwards. Careful observation also requires the use of specific language to describe children’s actions. It is important to remember that narratives are not an end in themselves but ‘tools for reflection’, and as with all documentation, they need to be reflected on and shared with others to identify possible meanings. Using a video to do this allows parents and educators to re-watch the learning as it took place.


Photos of a child or group of children can help tell a narrative or story about everyday events and behaviours, or unusual events and milestones in a child’s understandings. An anecdotal observation should provide a clear, descriptive picture of the event or behaviour and the context, participants, actions and interactions. It is something that can be written when you are ‘out of the action’ and have time to reflect. Photos are a great way to create Learning Stories. Photos can support children’s everyday experiences, highlighting the ‘significant points’ of learning, rather than attempting to record minute details, and making ‘feelings and interpretations visible’. The format has evolved since it was introduced in 2001, and Learning Stories now generally include digital photographs to support the narrative or are digital or video stories.


Key insights:

  • 37% of the market don’t use any Programming & Planning (P&P) software
  • These services generated an average of $93,147 less revenue
  • Those service using P&P software generated 16% more in Annual Profit
  • 43% of services utilising P&P software achieved ‘Exceeding’



  • How centres used software to save an average of $95k in annual staffing cost 
  • What tools administrators are using to save an average of 4 hours each week
  • Why 720 services changed software providers in the last 90 days
  • How software maximises educator time with children, and increases ratings by 13%


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