EETC, 2012: Preschool Curriculum and Technology Crosswalk: An Intervention for Developers, Vendors, Researchers and Early Childhood Practitioners

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EETC, 2012: Preschool Curriculum and Technology Crosswalk: An Intervention for Developers, Vendors, Researchers and Early Childhood Practitioners

  1. 1. Preschool Curriculum and Technology Crosswalk: for Developers, Vendors, Researchers and PractitionersEETC, March 15, 2012 Fran Simon | Engagement Strategies, LLC Karen Nemeth | Language Castle, LLC
  2. 2. Slides: DownloadsIpad/iPhone Slideshow PDF Handouts http://ow.ly/9CfgV © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 2
  3. 3. We all need get on the samepage about how children learn
  4. 4. We share responsibility todevelop, sell, and select only meaningful technology © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 4
  5. 5. Karen Nemeth | Language CastleFran Simon | Engagement Strategies
  6. 6. ,© Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 ? 6
  7. 7. of the top 200 selling apps on the iTunesStore are for toddler/preschool children © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 7
  8. 8. “To stand out, developerstargeting young children shouldgo beyond skill/drill for earlylearning and embrace the uniqueopportunities that touch screenmobile devices afford.“Shuler, C. (2012). iLearn II; An Analysis of the Education Category of the iTunes App Store. NewYork: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 8
  9. 9. But most of the EarlyLearning apps…• have moderate entertainment orproduction value• low educational value• are redundant• are rote/skill based according to Simon & Nemeth © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 9
  10. 10. “… A framework of principles and guidelinesfor best practice in the care and education ofyoung children, birth through age 8. “ •Research on how young children develop and learn •What is known about educational effectiveness NAEYC, 2012 © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 10
  11. 11. Relationships with responsive and Caring Adults © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 11
  12. 12. Your task: Encourage relationshipsDevelopers:Activities that lend themselves to sharing,exploring, creating and discussing with adultsEducators:Look for a variety of tools, apps, ebooks thatencourage multi-user experiences and make surean adult is available to be involved. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 12
  13. 13. Active learninghands-on and mentally active © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 13
  14. 14. Your task: Active LearningDevelopers:Develop applications that are open andencourage choice or problem solvingEducators:DEMAND and buy applications that are open andencourage choice or problem solving © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 14
  15. 15. Help each child meetchallenging goals © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 15
  16. 16. Your task: Achievable ChallengesDevelopers:Design activities that evolve with varying levels ofchallenge to meet each child where she is andwhere she needs to go nextEducators:Select a variety of tools and applications for alltypes of learners and activities that have varyinglevels of challenge © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 16
  17. 17. Follow children’s interests and abilities © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 17
  18. 18. Your task: Appeal to InterestsDevelopers:Design applications and experiences that allowchildren to pursue their own interests. Thinkabout how to capture imaginations beforebuilding skills.Educators:Select a variety of tools and applications for allchildren’s interests. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 18
  19. 19. Meeting a childwhere he is as anindividual © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 19
  20. 20. Your task: IndividualizeDevelopers:Design applications and experiences all types oflearners- Dual language learners, children with avariety of special needs, and for all modalities.Educators:Select a variety of applications and tools for all ofthe children in your classroom. Diversify yourtechnology the way you would diversify yourlibrary. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 20
  21. 21. Building on what the child already knows and can do© Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 21
  22. 22. Your task: Capture and use data about progressDevelopers:Design applications and experiences that trackwhat the child is able to do, responds to whatthey already know. Not just progress for progresssake… to respond to their learningEducators:Expect and select tools that capture, respond toand report about child progress. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 22
  23. 23. Fosterrelationships with other children © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 23
  24. 24. Your task: Get children to interact with each otherDevelopers:Design applications that encourage multipleusers who engage with one another IRL usinglanguage and other forms of communication.Educators:Expect and select tools applications thatencourage children to interact. Integratetechnology into the social areas of the room. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 24
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  27. 27. Do this: FEEDBACK © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 27
  28. 28. Monotonous Repetition © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 28
  29. 29. Do this: Repetition with novelty © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 29
  30. 30. Assume Understanding © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 30
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  32. 32. Busy work and Worksheets© Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 32
  33. 33. Give children meaningful experiences © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 33
  34. 34. Entertain© Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 34
  35. 35. Do this Engage with interactivity © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 35
  36. 36. Crosswalk foundationbuilt from key commonalities of DAP ANDCommercial Curricula Respected Approaches •Project Approach• Creative Curriculum •Montessori• High Scope •Project Approach•Tools of the Mind •Montessori•Investigator Club •Reggio Emilia•Curiosity Corner•High Reach•Opening the World of Learning © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 36
  37. 37. Basic tenets of major national preschool curriculum models* Child centered* Active learning* Plenty of time for children to pursue interests* Studies or projects.* Reading with dialog, questions, discussions* Creative, open-ended experiences © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 37
  38. 38. Effectiveness* Comprehensive domains of learning* Specific learning goals
* Well-designed learning activities
* Intentional teaching* Culturally and linguistically responsive* Individualizing instruction* Ongoing assessment* Family involvement* Appropriate for program staff, children and families © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 38
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  42. 42. Wrap upThis is a technologyrenaissance for ECE.Make the most of it. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 42
  43. 43. You can do it.They are counting on you. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 43
  44. 44. Our book Our SiteGryphon House Our Survey Fall, 2012 Early Childhood Technology Network © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 ECEtech.net/survey 44

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