How are we going                                              to use tech and                                             ...
MeFran Simon, M.Ed.                                                              2              @ Copyright, Fran Simon. A...
You Make the Choices Be a critical consumer. You, the teachers, and   the parents are the  gatekeepers who     stand betwe...
Tech tools  * old & new ** analog & digital * * low & hi-tech *                                                          4...
NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on  Technology in ECE CLASSROOMShttp://www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-child...
You don’t have to use technology.       If you do use tech tools intentionally, you will find they are     not always the ...
Considertechnology tools  as additional materials thatallow children to  “DO” and  teachers to FACILITATE.                ...
Intentional            Daily Routines              • Plan technology use as just                another option like books,...
The “E” Word    @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                          9               reserved.
Adults need                                       technology “play                                      time” AND formal  ...
Research will inform ongoingpractice and investments (or            not!)        @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights   11 ...
http://bit.ly/DigilitECTeach        @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                              12   ...
Investments in technology tools are   wasted without investments in    professional development.            @ Copyright, F...
Digital literacy learningshould be woven into the  fabric of the day, not    time set aside for    “computer time”.       ...
Equity: Include technology that enhances dual language learning,  represents diversity, and allowsaccess for children with...
Time limits: Guidelines andexpectations should consider variables   like age, objectives, and type of              interac...
How Much Time?Recommendations from   Digital Decisions    @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                             ...
Tech for infants and                             toddlers: Laptime and                               floortime with the   ...
Decisions…Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions …     Decisions … Decisions … Decisions         @ Copy...
Be selective  It’s not rocketscience! You do it    every day!    @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                      ...
From Digital Decisions                                                                                21@ Copyright, Fran ...
Decisions about using software:                 Basic pedagogical decisions                              • What are the ob...
Make it as natural as possible:Put technology throughout the room        @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights              ...
Opportunities to foster relationships with          children and adults               @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights ...
Make sure adults are available tosupport learning    @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights               reserved.          ...
Opportunities for Autonomy         @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                               26   ...
Integrate technology throughout            the day           @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                      rese...
Integrate technology throughout         special events           @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                      ...
Integrate technologywhen children go home      @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                        ...
We could tell you, but                 we won’tTools to help you make decisions on your own!                @ Copyright, F...
Bad news – most Early Learning  apps, websites, and software…• have moderate entertainment• have low production value• hav...
Apps and websites that:• fit your philosophy• fit the needs and interests of the children• provide feedback, not praise• o...
Don’t fall for “app mania”• Technology is not always thebest choice• Apps designed for children arenot always the best cho...
What can you do with    tech tools designed for adults?•   Word?                                •     PowerPoint?•   Skype...
@ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights   35           reserved.
Decisions about using software:     A question of balance     Is the software for:     •   A large group, small group, or ...
Decisions about using software:Usability and instructional design      Is the software:      • Flashy, distracting, overwh...
•   Objectives                             •   Free of ads?                                           •   Deemed safe by t...
Click   Toca Boca Tea Party        @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                              39    ...
•   Objectives                             •   Free of ads?                                           •   Deemed safe by t...
Smack TalkClick        @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                              41                ...
•   Objectives                             •   Free of ads?                                           •   Deemed safe by t...
Cookie Doodle and My Story Click                                         Click         @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights...
•   Objectives                             •   Free of ads?                                           •   Deemed safe by t...
Resources…Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources …     Resources … Resources … Resources         @ Copy...
Fred Rogers   Center    Apps Click              @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                       ...
ResourcesClick  *                    Review site                    Technology position                    statement and f...
ResourcesClick                          Information for teachers about*                         reading and literacy activ...
Get in there…                                 * Check out other classrooms                                       and progr...
Twitter Chat    #ECEtechCHAT         @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                    reserved.                  50
Fran@ECEtech.net        #ECETECHCHATEarly Childhood Technology Network             ECEtech.net            @ Copyright, Fra...
Connect with me!   @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights                                         52              reserved.
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  1. 1. How are we going to use tech and stay true to DAP?Making Digital Decisions: Technology and DAP VAECE Conference 2.14.2013 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 1 reserved.
  2. 2. MeFran Simon, M.Ed. 2 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. You Make the Choices Be a critical consumer. You, the teachers, and the parents are the gatekeepers who stand betweentechnology and children.@ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 3 reserved.
  4. 4. Tech tools * old & new ** analog & digital * * low & hi-tech * 4 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights
  5. 5. NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology in ECE CLASSROOMShttp://www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children 5 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. You don’t have to use technology. If you do use tech tools intentionally, you will find they are not always the best choice. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 6 reserved.
  7. 7. Considertechnology tools as additional materials thatallow children to “DO” and teachers to FACILITATE. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 7 reserved.
  8. 8. Intentional Daily Routines • Plan technology use as just 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 throughout the week @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 8 reserved.
  9. 9. The “E” Word @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 9 reserved.
  10. 10. Adults need technology “play time” AND formal professional development to understand the implications of the tools@ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 10 reserved.
  11. 11. Research will inform ongoingpractice and investments (or not!) @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 11 reserved.
  12. 12. http://bit.ly/DigilitECTeach @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 12 reserved.
  13. 13. Investments in technology tools are wasted without investments in professional development. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 13 reserved.
  14. 14. Digital literacy learningshould be woven into the fabric of the day, not time set aside for “computer time”. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 14 reserved.
  15. 15. Equity: Include technology that enhances dual language learning, represents diversity, and allowsaccess for children with disabilities. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 15 reserved.
  16. 16. Time limits: Guidelines andexpectations should consider variables like age, objectives, and type of interaction. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 16 reserved.
  17. 17. How Much Time?Recommendations from Digital Decisions @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 17 reserved.
  18. 18. 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, Fran Simon. All rights 18 reserved.
  19. 19. Decisions…Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions … Decisions @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 19 reserved.
  20. 20. Be selective It’s not rocketscience! You do it every day! @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 20 reserved.
  21. 21. From Digital Decisions 21@ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved. http://bit.ly/commonsenseTECH
  22. 22. 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? reserved. • What is my role using this software?@ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 22
  23. 23. Make it as natural as possible:Put technology throughout the room @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved. 23
  24. 24. Opportunities to foster relationships with children and adults @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 24 reserved.
  25. 25. Make sure adults are available tosupport learning @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved. 25
  26. 26. Opportunities for Autonomy @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 26 reserved.
  27. 27. Integrate technology throughout the day @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved. 27
  28. 28. Integrate technology throughout special events @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 28 reserved.
  29. 29. Integrate technologywhen children go home @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 29 reserved.
  30. 30. We could tell you, but we won’tTools to help you make decisions on your own! @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 30 reserved.
  31. 31. Bad news – most Early Learning apps, websites, and software…• have moderate entertainment• have low production value• have low educational value• are redundant• are rote/skill based according to Simon & Nemeth @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 31 reserved.
  32. 32. Apps and websites that:• fit your philosophy• fit the needs and interests of the children• provide feedback, not praise• offer challenges through “leveled” experiences • offer more than rote direct instruction • offer a range of experiences •offer high interactivity • value learning over entertainment • do not include commercial temptations or inappropriate content @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 32 reserved.
  33. 33. Don’t fall for “app mania”• Technology is not always thebest choice• Apps designed for children arenot always the best choice• Mobile devices are not always Think out ofthe best choice the mobile box @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 33 reserved.
  34. 34. What can you do with tech tools designed for adults?• Word? • PowerPoint?• Skype? • VoiceThread?• Evernote? • Excel?• Webcam? • Camera?• Video? • Mp3 Player?• Search engines? • Projector?• Document Projector? • Email? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 34 reserved.
  35. 35. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 35 reserved.
  36. 36. 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? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 36 reserved.
  37. 37. Decisions about using software:Usability and instructional design Is the software: • Flashy, distracting, overwhelming? • Free of ads? • Deemed safe by trusted resources? • Easy for children to navigate ? • Provide feedback to guide children? (Not praise) • Interactive with meaning or just fun? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 37 reserved.
  38. 38. • Objectives • Free of ads? • Deemed safe by trusted• Group size/Individual? resources?• Teacher-directed or child- • Easy for children to navigate ? initiated? • Provide feedback to guide• Open-ended or skill- children? (Not praise) focused? • Interactive • meaningful?• Short periods of time or deeper exploration?• Enough graphics and sounds to engage, but not distract? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  39. 39. Click Toca Boca Tea Party @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 39 reserved.
  40. 40. • Objectives • Free of ads? • Deemed safe by trusted• Group size/Individual? resources?• Teacher-directed or child- • Easy for children to navigate ? initiated? • Provide feedback to guide• Open-ended or skill-focused? children? (Not praise) • Interactive• Short periods of time or • meaningful? deeper exploration?• Enough graphics and sounds to engage, but not distract? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  41. 41. Smack TalkClick @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 41 reserved.
  42. 42. • Objectives • Free of ads? • Deemed safe by trusted• Group size/Individual? resources?• Teacher-directed or child- • Easy for children to navigate ? initiated? • Provide feedback to guide• Open-ended or skill- children? (Not praise) focused? • Interactive • meaningful?• Short periods of time or deeper exploration?• Enough graphics and sounds to engage, but not distract? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  43. 43. Cookie Doodle and My Story Click Click @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 43 reserved.
  44. 44. • Objectives • Free of ads? • Deemed safe by trusted• Group size/Individual? resources?• Teacher-directed or child- • Easy for children to navigate ? initiated? • Provide feedback to guide• Open-ended or skill-focused? children? (Not praise) • Interactive• Short periods of time or • meaningful? deeper exploration?• Enough graphics and sounds to engage, but not distract? @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved.
  45. 45. Resources…Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources … Resources @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 45 reserved.
  46. 46. Fred Rogers Center Apps Click @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 46 reserved.
  47. 47. ResourcesClick * 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 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 47 trends in children’s media reserved.
  48. 48. ResourcesClick 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 @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 48 reserved.
  49. 49. Get in there… * Check out other classrooms and programs… * View videos and webinars… * Get a Technology buddy…To learn it * Get buy-in… * Plan… @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights * Play! 49 reserved.
  50. 50. Twitter Chat #ECEtechCHAT @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights reserved. 50
  51. 51. Fran@ECEtech.net #ECETECHCHATEarly Childhood Technology Network ECEtech.net @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 51 reserved.
  52. 52. Connect with me! @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 52 reserved.

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