Digital technology, playing with words and aesthetic learning processes in kindergartens (DigEst)

Project coordinator: Assistant Professor Ingrid Grønsdal

Director of research: Professor Magne Espeland

The project of innovation called “Digital technology, playing with words and aesthetic learning processes in kindergartens (DigEst) will try to solve two challenges in today’s kindergarten: antisocial effects of children’s use of screen technology and the weak position of arts, culture and creativity. The project will try to solve these challenges by using innovating digital screen-free technologies that facilitate social and sensuous arts- and cultural experiences for children in kindergartens. We know from research that screen-based digital technologies contribute to passive children instead of being a source of “play, communication and knowledge” (The Department of Education 2012, p.27). The overall idea of the project is to develop some principles of innovating technologies that secure children’s physical needs as well as their ways of expressing themselves and that also pave the way for cultural education and experience. Important collaborating partners in the project are New York University represented by Dr. Alex Ruhman and the municipalities of Stord and Tysnes. A research application has been sent to FINNUT with a budget of appr. NOK 7 millions.