STEM is an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics by exploring the real world.
Children learn STEM through play when they:
STEM practices include:
Exploring STEM practices helps children develop strong skills in problem solving and communication that can be used later in life.
We define a preschool service as a structured, play-based learning program, delivered by a degree-qualified early childhood teacher, aimed primarily at children in the year before they commence full-time schooling. Preschool services are also known as kindergartens, child and parent centres, and early learning centres.
Applications for the 2018 ELSA Pilot have closed.
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The ELSA Pilot will start in preschool services in Term 1, 2018. Apps and further workshops for educators will be rolled out during 2018.
ELSA apps will operate on iPad and Android tablets.
Not at all. ELSA is all about STEM concepts and practices. Educators already adopt this approach by encouraging children to ask questions, make predictions, try things, and reflect on what happened and why. By participating in the pilot, educators and families will find new ways for children to engage with STEM concepts and practices.
Absolutely. The ELSA Pilot supports educators to incorporate tablets and digital learning within existing preschool programs. Contact ELSA support with any technical questions you might have.
ELSA will use tablet apps to create meaningful opportunities for children to explore rich digital learning environments.
Children are expected to spend a maximum of 40 minutes per week engaging with the ELSA apps. This is likely to occur across multiple shorter sessions, and is consistent with screen time guidelines from the Australian Government. The apps are being carefully designed with early childhood experts to support active play.
We take privacy seriously. The privacy of all participants - including children, educators and families - will be protected when participating in the ELSA Pilot.
For example, data on app usage will be collected to help us improve the program. This data will be stored securely on Australian servers. If you have any questions about privacy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can reset your password using the Educator app:
Note: if you do not remember your mobile number, or have new accounts that are not already linked to ELSA, please call our support team on 1800 931 042. We will need to set up your new details to give you access.
Privacy is important to us. To keep your preschool service's information secure, we keep a list of approved staff at each centre.
To add someone to the list, please fill out a support form or call the ELSA team on 1800 931 042 and provide:
We will double-check your request with our primary contact at the preschool service before adding a new educator to the list. This process can take up to a week. Once the new team member is added, we will notify them via their mobile number or email address.
You can use all the ELSA apps without WiFi, but we ask that you access WiFi at least monthly to upload usage data and check for updates. Some features on the Educator app do require WiFi.
Features that require WiFi:
The ELSA apps are designed to support each child's unique progression by offering certain tasks and activities once they are ready to work through various levels of complexity. So it's a better experience for the children if they play using their own profile.
You can reduce the likelihood that a child will accidentally use someone else's player profile by supervising children at the start of each session. This is when the apps will prompt children to make sure their picture is selected before playing.
ELSA data is stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Sydney data centre.
The ELSA Families app does not contain session data. However, if parents or legal guardians want to know how much time their child is spending on ELSA each week, this information is available via each child's profile in the Educator app.
We encourage educators to share ELSA content that children have created with their families.
By connecting the apps, session data and ELSA content can be sent from the children's apps to the educator app.
Educators can then view session times and ELSA content created by the children participating in the pilot.
Follow these steps to see how long each child has spent on the ELSA apps for children:
Ask our support team at ELSA. We are ready to assist you with any STEM questions. Call 1800 931 042 or get in touch via our support page.
If you want advice from other educators in the pilot, you might like to try posting your question in the Messages section of the Educator app. Your question can be read by all the educators in the pilot, and some may be able to help you. You need to have WiFi switched on to use Messages.
To mute the audio (music and voice) in one of the ELSA children's apps, follow these steps:
Tap the 'Educators' tab on the main menu in the children's app. You can access the educator settings by responding to a simple addition question. Choose the class for the day by tapping 'Select active class'. This will allow you to change the class. If you would like to be automatically prompted to select the class for the day, ensure that the 'Prompt startup daily active class selection' button is on.
You can edit a child's profile via the Educator app or the children's apps. We've explained each method below.
In the Educator app
In the children's apps
When you first log in to one of the ELSA children's apps, you will be guided through three steps to give access to the camera, microphone and camera roll. On each screen touch 'Grant Permission'. Then touch 'OK' on the pop-up windows.
If you accidentally touch 'Don't Allow' on one of the pop-up windows, or need to update permissions later on, follow the steps below.
Follow these steps to add a child in the Educator app:
Follow these steps to add a class or group in the Educator app:
Follow these steps to edit a class you have created in the Educator app:
Yes you can. Follow these steps to add reflections and notes in the Educator app:
Follow these steps to view content created by a child in your group:
Children and educators can create photo stories in the ELSA Patterns app. These will then appear in the Educator app for educator approval.
If a child has created a photo story, the educator will see a notification in the child’s profile under the 'Photo story' activity. Educators can either approve or decline the content. If the photo story is approved, the group will be able to access the story from the app.