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Linda S. Mavrinac, AWE

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  • 1. TITLES HERE Inspiring life long learners with TechnologyAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 2. TITLES HERE Linda S. Mavrinac AWE mavrinacl@awelearning.com 267.975.1236 www.awelearning.comAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 3. TITLES HERE Up to 3rd grade, children are learning to read. After 3rd grade, children learn from reading • Study after study shows children unable to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are more likely to: – Drop-out – Go to prison or juvenile detention (70% of inmate in US read at or below a 4th grade level) – Have an unwanted pregnancy – On Public Assistance – Unemployed – ENDLESS CIRCLEAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 4. TITLES HERE Two-thirds of fourth graders aren’t reading at grade level, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that’s administered to a large sample of children across the country every two years and is referred to as our nation’s report card.AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 5. Early Literacy is a great long term investment TITLES HERE Perry Preschool Project From 1962–1967, at ages 3 and 4, children were randomly divided into a program group that received a high-quality preschool program based on HighScopes learning approach and a comparison group who received no preschool program. In the studys most recent phase, 97% of the study participants still living were interviewed at age 40. The study found that adults at age 40 who had the preschool program had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool. http://www.highscope.org/content.asp?contentid=219AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 6. Early Literacy is a great long term investment TITLES HERE In 2001 dollars per study participant, average cost of the program was $14,716 per participant. For this cost, the program yielded public benefits of $105,324 per participant, a cost benefit ratio of 7.16 to 1. Benefits per participant were: • $68,584 saved by the potential victims of crimes never committed, based on the typical in-court and out-of-court settlements for such crimes • $15,240 in reduced justice system costs • $10,537 brought in by increased taxes paid by preschool-program participants because they had higher earnings • $7,488 saved in schooling, due primarily to reduced need for special education services, and despite increased college costs for preschool- program participants • $3,475 in reduced welfare costs The program was an extremely good economic investmentAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 7. Early Education Studies TITLES HERE • The Chicago Child-Parent Centers (CPCs) provide comprehensive educational support and family support to economically disadvantaged children and their parents. The guiding principle of the program is that by providing a school-based, stable learning environment during preschool, in which parents are active and consistent participants in their childs education, scholastic success will follow. http://www.promisingpractices.net/program.asp?programid=98 • Under the direction of UA education professor Lisa Lenhart, the reading program — known locally as Akron Ready Steps — is a partnership between UA and Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. The program aims to increase literacy skills among preschool children and will target children in low-income neighborhoods. Through grant funding, the program will provide training and support for teachers who serve 300 at-risk children in 16 Head Start classrooms throughout Akron. http://akronreadysteps.ning.com/AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 8. Soooo TITLES HERE EARLY EDUCATION IS IMPORTANTAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 9. Kansas believes inHERE Education TITLES Early • Kansas State Department of Education requires an Early Reading Assessment (Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade). The purpose of administering an early reading assessment is to identify and focus on the critical years when the development of reading takes place. • 2006 creation of The Kansas Preschool Program • 2009 revised the Kansas Early Learning: Building the Foundation for Successful Children framework of all professionals working with young children • 2011 The statewide implementation of Johnson County Library’s successful early literacy program, 6 by 6: Ready to Read was launched through the development of a planning team including representatives from all the regional library systems, Johnson County Public Library (JCL) and Wichita Public LibraryAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 10. School Readiness TITLES HERE • Common Core Standards • Kansas Early Learning: Building the Foundation for Successful Children • Head Start Frameworks • 6 by 6: Ready to ReadAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 11. 5 Dimensions of Development TITLES HERE • Social & Emotional Development • Language Development (auditory, verbal & visual) • Motor Development (fine & gross) • Cognition & General Knowledge • Learning StyleAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 12. Tech and Development TITLES HERE • Social Development - Computers are intrinsically motivating for young children, and contribute to cognitive and social development (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC], 1996). • Language Development - Computer play encourages longer, more complex speech and the development of fluency (Davidson & Wright, 1994). • Motor Development - Lack of exercise and obesity are serious problems that need to be addressed during both in-school and out-of-school hours. On a typical day children two to seven years old spend an average of 11 minutes using a computer, and more than three hours watching television and videos (Roberts, Foehr, Rideout, & Brodie, 1999). Screen time (including TV, computer, and video games) should be limited to a maximum of one to two hours per day for young children (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000; Healy, 1999). Vigorous physical activities and play should be encourageAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 13. Tech and Development TITLES HERE • Cognition & General Knowledge - Compared to children in a similar classroom without computer experience, three- and four-year-olds who used computers with supporting activities had significantly greater gains in verbal and nonverbal skills, problem solving, abstraction, and conceptual skills (Haugland, 1992). Similarly, third-grade children who used both manipulatives and computer programs showed more sophistication in classification and logical thinking than children who used only manipulatives (Clements & Nastasi, 1993). • Learning Styles - Technology offers additional ways to learn, and to demonstrate learning. For some children who have unique learning styles, computers can reveal hidden strengths. At the computer, children can approach learning from a variety of perspectives and follow various paths to a goal (Clements, 1999). Poor concentration and attention problems can be addressed by limiting screen time, helping children focus on the task, and choosing software that does not employ excessively stimulating noises or constantly moving graphics.AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 14. Tech and Development TITLES HERE The position of NAEYC & the Fred Rogers Center: Technology and interaction media are tools that can promote effective learning and development when they are used intentionally by early childhood educators, within the framework of developmentally appropriate practice (NAEYC 2009a), to support learning goals established for individual children.AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 15. Story time TITLES HERE Bring new life to Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales • Turn story time into ―Movie time‖ by projecting ebook on wall. • Encourage children to ―read‖ along with the story • Read different versions • Extend story time • http://www.csus.edu/ier/reading.htmlAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 16. TITLES HERE Websites • http://www.starfall.com/ • http://www.storylineonline.net/ • http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ • http://www.speakaboos.com/AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 17. All eBooks are not equal TITLES HERE Jeremy and Kimberly Brueck, in May 22, 2012 wrote a blog: 3 Do’s & Don’ts for using eBooks with children DO: • Look for eBooks with content that has direct ties to your curriculum and student’s personal experiences. • Allow students opportunities to self-select eBooks for independent and shared reading experiences. • Consider the role space plays in the reading experience and design a quality- learning environment for browsing/reading eBooks in the classroom. DON’T: • Select eBooks with multimedia or interactivity that is extraneous and/or not relevant to the story. • Use an eBook with students until you have thoroughly previewed and evaluated its potential as an instructional resource. • Underestimate the “WOW” factor that eBooks bring to the table. Use their natural engagement to capture reluctant reader’s interest and motivate them.AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 18. All eBooks are not equal TITLES HERE • Highlighting of words as they are read • Pronunciation of individual words • Ability to control the pace • Hot spots have to aid in the fluency and comprehension of the storyAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 19. Writing HERE TITLES time • Take a Library event and turn it into a story with PowerPoint • Rewrite 3 Little Pigs as 3 Little Wolves(Kerpoof) • Programs – StoryJumper – Storybook Weaver – Kid Works Deluxe • Publish your novels – http://www.youblisher.com/ – http://www.cutepdf.com/AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 20. TITLES HEREAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 21. Assign TITLES HERE Homework Write a story – Stationary Studio – Story it – Kid Pix 3D – Plain sheet of paper – Story Starters Print out stories written on computer – Kid Works Deluxe – Storybook Weaver – Stationary Studio – Kerpoof – StoryjumperAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 22. Publish TITLES HERE • Publish – Laminate pages – Use Sheet protectors put into a binder – Shelf ―books‖ for children to read – Facebook – Library website – YoutubeAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 23. GroupTITLES HERE Learning • Use projector/whiteboard – Promote Summer – Promote Special Program – Introduce new programs • Examples Millie’s Math House, Bailey’s Book House, Trudy’s Time & Place House, Sammy’s Science House, Tooney Lagoon, Math Doodles (I’ll show screen shots) – Show something beyond their reading levelAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
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  • 30. ExtendTITLESLearning the HERE • Print out a My Friend page and make a book • Make friend sock puppets • Make my friend masks • Review the supplemental materials provided with software • Give parents homeworkAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 31. Choosing Technology TITLES HERE The most important component choosing technology for your young patrons is… YOUAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 32. Choosing Technology TITLES HERE • Make an effort to learn new technologies • Software & Apps must be – Engaging – Challenging – Interactive – Encourage Creative – Encourage Problem Solving (Deeper Learning) – Support the child’s home language and cultureAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 33. I don’t have time to evaluate 1 millions TITLES HERE computer programs…. • Children’s Technology Review – http://childrenstech.com/ • NAEYC – http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/pastissues • Center for Children & Technology – http://cct.edc.org/ • Girls Tech – http://www.girlstech.douglass.rutgers.edu/index.html • Center for Research on Interactive Technology, Television & Children – http://www.utexas.edu/research/critc/ • Center for Children & Technology – http://cct.edc.org/AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 34. Be a ResourceHEREParents TITLES to • Extend the learning to home by sharing ebooks sites to parents (nothing replaces read a book on Mom’s lap, but reading a ebook in the car on the way to grocery store and talking with Mom about the book is much better I’m going to turn this car around) • Share information on Facebook & Newsletter • Use resources from software. • Websites: – http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ – http://www.ldonline.org/ – http://familyfun.go.com/ – http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents_span.php – http://www.webmd.com/parenting/default.htmAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 35. TITLES HERE EARLY EDUCATION IS IMPORTANTAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 36. AWE EarlyTITLES HERE Station LiteracyAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 37. AWE EarlyTITLES HERE Station Literacy • Over 50 educational titles in 7 curriculum • Aligned to Head Start & State Standards • Age Appropriate activities for Children age 2-10+ • Access to educational material developed by publisherAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 38. ELF Reading & Reference TITLES HERE Premium Version of ELF ELF is a channeled browser that features more than 100 websites that are constantly monitoredAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 39. ELF Reading & Reference TITLES HERE Premium Version of ELF Subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica – Kids Edition The classic and comprehensive reference toolAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 40. ELF Reading & Reference TITLES HERE Premium Version of ELF EXCLUSIVE subscription to Speakaboos • Over 170 exclusive digital storybooks in for kids ages 3-8 • Exclusive to ELF Reading & ReferenceAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 41. Ebooks are not equal TITLES HERE Speakaboos is advised by Dr. Alice Wilder, national expert on early education and reading Speakaboos’ interactive titles represent the only library of e-books in the industry backed by a proven pedagogical scaffolding of best-practices relative to design, development, and end-user experience.AWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 42. Brody my great great nephew TITLES HEREAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM
  • 43. Questions TITLES HERE Linda S. Mavrinac AWE mavrinacl@awelearning.com 267.975.1236 www.awelearning.comAWE, Inc. - All Rights Reserved Inspiring every child to become a lifelong learnerTM

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