We've got technology in our program, but now what


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We've got technology in our program, but now what

  1. 1. “Weve got technology in our program! Now what?“ Making decisions about digital apps and software that support active learning Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. Fran Simon, M.Ed. NAEYC Annual Conference, 2012
  2. 2. About usKaren Nemeth, Ed.M. Fran Simon, M.Ed.
  3. 3. You Make the Choices Be a critical consumer. You are the who stand betweentechnology and children.
  4. 4. NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology in ECE CLASSROOMS www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children 4 Copyright, Simon and Nemeth
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Computer Software and Apps Meaningful Pedagogical value Engaging Interactive “Sticky” Productive Up to date 7
  8. 8. Download Smack Talk app now
  9. 9. 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?
  10. 10. 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?
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. 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?
  13. 13. 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?
  14. 14. Adults need technology “play time” AND formal professional development to understand the implications of the toolsCopyright, Simon and Nemeth 17
  15. 15. http://bit.ly/DigilitECTeach Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 18
  16. 16. Research will inform ongoingpractice and investments (or not!) 19 Copyright, Simon
  17. 17. Investments in technology tools are wasted without investments in professional development. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 20
  18. 18. Digital literacy learningshould be woven into the fabric of the day, not time set aside for “computer time”. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 21
  19. 19. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 23
  20. 20. Equity: Include technology that enhances dual language learning, represents diversity, and allowsaccess for children with disabilities. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 24
  21. 21. Time limits: Guidelines andexpectations should consider variables like age, objectives, and type of interaction. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 25
  22. 22. How Much Time?Recommendations from Digital Decisions Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 26
  23. 23. What can you do with… Cookie Doodle? MyStory? Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 28
  24. 24. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 29
  25. 25. People asked us: why use Toca Tea Party when real teacups are available? Here’s our answer: Toca Hair Salon
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Family photo albums Stories in the child’s home languageFamiliar songs related to current activities Babies app Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 36
  28. 28. Twitter Chat #ECEtechCHAT © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 37
  29. 29. Fran@ECEtech.net Karen@ECEtech.net #ECETECHCHATEarly Childhood Technology Network ECEtech.net
  30. 30. Thank you! 39