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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. Me Fran 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 between technology 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 CLASSROOMS http://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. Consider technology tools as additional materials that allow 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 ongoing practice 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 learning should 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 allows access for children with disabilities. @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 15 reserved.
  16. 16. Time limits: Guidelines and expectations 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 rocket science! 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 to support 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 technology when children go home @ Copyright, Fran Simon. All rights 29 reserved.
  30. 30. We could tell you, but we won’t Tools 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 the best choice • Apps designed for children are not always the best choice • Mobile devices are not always Think out of the 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 Talk Click @ 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. Resources Click * 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. Resources Click 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 #ECETECHCHAT Early 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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