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Digital Decisions: Choosing and Using New Technologies in Early Education, NJAEYC


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Digital Decisions: Choosing and Using New Technologies in Early Education, NJAEYC

  1. 1. Digital Decisions:Choosing and Using NewTechnologies in Early Education Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. Fran Simon, M.Ed. NJAEYC, 2012
  2. 2. About usKaren Nemeth, Ed.M. Fran Simon, M.Ed.
  3. 3. You Make the Choices Be a critical consumer. You, the teachers, and the parents are the gatekeepers who stand betweentechnology and children.
  4. 4. Tech tools * old & new ** analog & digital * * low & hi-tech * Copyright, Simon 2012
  5. 5. NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology in ECE CLASSROOMS 5 Copyright, Simon and Nemeth
  6. 6. You don’t have to use technology. If you do use tech toolsintentionally, you will find they are not always the best choice. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 6
  7. 7. Considertechnology tools as additional materials thatallow children to “DO” and teachers to FACILITATE. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 7
  8. 8. Intentional Daily Routines • Plan technology use as just another option like books, crayons, blocks etc. • Examine the learning objectives and make choices that fit • Work with children to review their choices in all areas of the room throughout the week
  9. 9. Computer Software MeaningfulPedagogical valueEngagingInteractive “Sticky”  Productive  Up to date © Copyright Nemeth and Simon, 2102 9
  10. 10. 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?
  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. Adults need technology “play time” AND formal professional development to understand the implications of the toolsCopyright, Simon and Nemeth 13
  14. 14. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 14
  15. 15. Research will inform ongoingpractice and investments (or not!) 15 Copyright, Simon
  16. 16. Investments in technology tools are wasted without investments in professional development. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 16
  17. 17. Digital literacy learningshould be woven into the fabric of the day, not time set aside for “computer time”. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 17
  18. 18. Equity: Include technology that enhances dual language learning, represents diversity, and allowsaccess for children with disabilities. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 18
  19. 19. Time limits: Guidelines andexpectations should consider variables like age, objectives, and type of interaction. Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 19
  20. 20. How Much Time?Recommendations from Digital Decisions Copyright, Simon and Nemeth 20
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  22. 22. 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 24
  23. 23. Resources for Teachers, Parents and Staff Review site Technology position statement and fantastic resources to support it. Resources for ECE teachers and administrators Resources for ECE teachers and administrators Fred Rogers Center’s Early Learning Environment Resources and tips for teachers A website and newsletter summarizes products and trends in children’s media
  24. 24. Resources for Teachers, Parents and Staff Information for teachers about reading and literacy activities American Library Association – Listing of great sites for children and teachers International Reading Library- free ebooks from around the world Songs, ryhmes and traditions from around the world. Free ebooks to read online
  25. 25. Get in there… * Check out other classrooms and programs… * View videos and webinars… * Get a Technology buddy…To learn it * Get buy-in… * Plan… © Fran Simon Copyright, 2012 * Play! 27
  26. 26. Twitter Chat #ECEtechCHAT © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 28
  27. 27. #ECETECHCHATEarly Childhood Technology Network
  28. 28. Thank you! 30
  29. 29. Digital Decisions: Choosing and Using New Technologies in Early EducationWhether you use technology in your classroomor you want to give it a try, you need to knowabout the new Fred Rogers Center/NAEYCtechnology position statement. Thispresentation will share fun ideas for integratingdifferent kinds of technology in adevelopmentally appropriate setting for youngchildren.