You Make the Choices Be a critical consumer. You are the who stand betweentechnology and children.
NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology in ECE CLASSROOMS www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children 4 Copyright, Simon and Nemeth
You don’t have to use technology. Choose to use tech toolsintentionally, and choose not to use them when they’re not the best choice. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 5
Intentional Daily Routines • Plan technology as another option like books, crayons, blocks etc. • Examine learning objectives and make choices that fit • Work with children to review their choices in all areas of the room
Computer Software and Apps Meaningful Pedagogical value Engaging Interactive “Sticky” Productive Up to date 7
Decisions about using software: Basic pedagogical decisions • What are the objectives? • Is this the right tool for the objective? • Does it extend other activities? • Is it interactive? • Is the interaction meaningful? • Does it fit in with the project/theme/study? • Does it work with the curriculum? • What is my role using this software?
Open your Smack Talk app• Play with it for 3 • In small groups come up minutes with a way to use this app in a lesson plan for your classroom • Discuss – how does this address the points on previous slide?
Decisions about using software: A question of balance Is the software for: • A large group, small group, or for individual children? • Teacher-directed or child-initiated activities? • Open-ended or skill-focused? • Short periods of time or deeper exploration?
Decisions about using software:Usability and instructional design Is the software: • Flashy, distracting, overwhelming or just enough appealing graphics and sounds to engage, but not distract? • Free of ads or enticements for children? • Deemed safe by trusted resources? • Easy for children to navigate independently? • Provide feedback to guide children? • Interactive with meaning or just fun?
Open a children’s story you have on your device(ex Pooh’s Birthday Surprise or There’s a Monster at the End of this Book) How does the story app or ebook fit with points on previous slide?
Adults need technology “play time” AND formal professional development to understand the implications of the toolsCopyright, Simon and Nemeth 17
http://bit.ly/DigilitECTeach Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 18
Research will inform ongoingpractice and investments (or not!) 19 Copyright, Simon
Investments in technology tools are wasted without investments in professional development. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 20
Digital literacy learningshould be woven into the fabric of the day, not time set aside for “computer time”. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 21
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Tech for infants and toddlers: Laptime and floortime with the youngest children might include technology, but in very limited cases, for a few minutes at a time and ONLY with an adult.Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 35
Family photo albums Stories in the child’s home languageFamiliar songs related to current activities Babies app Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 36