Resources at Live Wires Forum

We will keep adding to the list as material becomes available. Feel free to try out, use or share any of these links, aware that none of the Apps or tools are endorsed by Early Childhood Australia. 

Chip Donohue Webcast

Live Wires collaborator, Dr Chip Donohue

Connecting the dots

Missed out on Live Wires Forums? It’s not too late. The webcast is also available for sale on the ECA Shop.

Want to view the recorded Chip Donohue presentation? Dr Donohue was a keynote speaker at ECA’s national conference in Darwin (5 to 8 October 2016).   You can watch by registering here.

Guide their app-cess

By popular demand we recorded Live Wires presenter Dan Donahoo demonstrating one built-in tool that helps parents and educators guide children’s use of tablets. Click the video below to see Dan explain how Guided Access works.

Research and articles: tech in early childhood

Dr Kate Highfield from the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Dan Donaho, Director of Project Synthesis and Professor Leon Straker from Curtin University WA, presented at the Live Wires Forums, Perth and Sydney:

Other links, papers and websites to visit

Tips and tools

Tools mentioned or used during the forum 

  • Digital Business Kit—free, online modules, developed for the early childhood sector by ECA with federal funds. Provides information, tips, factsheets, links and videos about using new technologies for children’s learning, educator professional development and the business side of operations. Find the Kit at www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/digital
  • slack.com—for a limited time stay in touch with Live Wires Forum issues and members through your team domain or create a new team. Live Wires Forum team domains are:
    • livewiresforumperth
    • livewiresforumbrisbane
    • sydneylivewiresforum
  • Trello, IFTTT (If This Then That), Hootsuite and Twitter
  • Surveymonkey—online evaluation, polling and surveys plus analytics
  • Guided Access—go to settings on your apple device and select ‘General’, then ‘Accessibility’, scroll down to ‘Guided Access’ to enter a code, set time limits and lock onto a single app. Better still click Dan’s video above to learn how.
  • Restrictions—again in Settings on your apple device choose ‘General’ then ‘Restrictions’ to control who has access to what on your device
  • Learning Potential—free, federally funded app to help parents explore learning opportunities for their children.

ebooks and apps

A reminder that all of the tools, Apps and other devices on this site were mentioned by individual presenters and participants at the Live Wires Forum. They are not endorsed by Early Childhood Australia.  

  • Print and app versions of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore & Numberleys both from Moonbot Studios. Use each with its matching IMAG-NO-TRON app for augmented reality version
  • Nosy Crow UK publishers of print books, apps and puzzles. Try Jack and the Beanstalk, Flip Flap Farm and Flip Flap Jungle
  • Storybox Library—Australian stories read by Australian voices in a streamed, subscription service all about favourite Australian children’s books.

Younger children

  • Miximal—classic flip book with an app twist and pre-literacy element. Also Loopimal and Drawnimal all from Yatatoy
  • Busy Shapes from Seven Academy
  • Metamorphabet by Vector Park.

Measuring, doing and problem solving

  • Universal Zoom—a small, versatile way to measure and compare almost anything
  • Windosil—silent, sleek and slightly eerie problem solver for slightly older children. Find the light first and make your way to the next screen – if you can. From Vector Park
  • Human Body from Tinybop—complex, multifaceted app about the human body and all its systems
  • Everything Machine also from Tinybop.

Tangible play

  • Puppet Pals by Polished Play puts children in the activity, making, controlling and creating
  • Osmo—three part tangible play kit, using the iPad camera and a mirror with Tangram shapes, letters to play Word and using anything to hand for the gravity-based Newton.
  • Makeymakey—see the video at makeymakey.com for inspiration about what to make or invent. Visit virtualpiano.net to turn computer and bananas into a piano keyboard or find other ways to ‘connect, rewire and invent’.