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Secret Ingredients of App Development for Early Childhood Education

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A webinar presented 8-1-2012

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Secret Ingredients of App Development for Early Childhood Education

  1. 1. The Secret Ingredients of Early Childhood App Development: Make Your Apps Rise to The Top Fran Simon, M.Ed. | Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. Early Childhood Technology Network
  2. 2. About us Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. Fran Simon, M.Ed.
  3. 3. The secrets are not what you think © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 3
  4. 4. We’re serious about interactive tools for young children in preschool programs… Engaging © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 Our objective today is to share what “high quality” REALLY means in ECE classrooms 4
  5. 5. How do you know the product teaches the concepts or skills you claim it teaches? © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 5
  6. 6. Cookie cutter approach to app development © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 6
  7. 7. Let’s digress: Why free and $0.99 apps are bad (Free trials on SaaS, not so bad!) © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 7
  8. 8. Poll: What’s Your biggest challenge © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 8
  9. 9. Poll: What is your top marketing priority right now? © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 9
  10. 10. You want to know how to sell apps, but first… we need get deep into how children learn
  11. 11. Young children are explorers Developers need to know how young children learn and what EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS want* and need* *may not be compatible © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 11
  12. 12. most the Early Learning apps…  have high/moderate entertainment and production value, BUT • low educational value • are redundant • are rote/skill based 12 © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012
  13. 13. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 13
  14. 14. Where EC Educators get their guidance: NAEYC & FRC Tech Position Statement + = Technology & Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 © Copyright Nemeth and Simon, 2102 14
  15. 15. Find it. Read it. http://www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children 15 © Copyright Nemeth and Simon, 2102
  16. 16. “… A framework of principles and guidelines for best practice in the care and education of young children, birth through age 8. “ •Research on how young children develop and learn •What is known about educational effectiveness NAEYC, 2012 © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 16
  17. 17. Choices and problem solving © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 17
  18. 18. Long term “units of study” or projects for depth (sometimes called themes) © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 18
  19. 19. Encourage children to work together and interact © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 19
  20. 20. Balance of challenge and achievement that grows with child © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 20
  21. 21. Respond to and build on children’s interests © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 21
  22. 22. Individualize, differentiate, meet the needs of children with different languages, abilities and various cultures © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 22
  23. 23. Capture and use data about progress © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 23
  24. 24. NO one app or site can encompass all elements of DAP © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 24
  25. 25. Direct Instruction An instructional approach that emphasizes the use of carefully sequenced steps that include demonstration, modeling, guided practice, and independent application. DAP is about exploring concepts and skills so children discover the answers © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 25
  26. 26. Direct Instruction and DAP • DI can used to introduce specific skills and concepts • DAP used to: – practice – refine – explore the uses of that skill Just because DI is commonly used with older kids does NOT make it right for preschool! © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 26
  27. 27. DAP: As the term implies, one size does not fit all © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 27
  28. 28. Different settings… Different Ages… Different strategies © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 28
  29. 29. Crosswalk foundation built from key commonalities of DAP AND Commercial Curricula Respected Approaches •Project Approach • Creative Curriculum •Montessori • High Scope •Project Approach •Tools of the Mind •Montessori •Investigator Club •Reggio Emilia •Curiosity Corner •High Reach •Opening the World of Learning © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 29
  30. 30. Then there are standards * State * Common Core (coming soon)
 * Head Start 
 * Special needs (OSEP) © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 30
  31. 31. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 31
  32. 32. Math is more than counting and number identification Number concepts and quantities • Measurement and comparison • Number relationships and operations • Geometry and spatial relationships • Patterns © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 32
  33. 33. Language and literacy is more than identifying the alphabet and sounds Literacy Knowledge and Skills  Letter recognition  Phonological awareness • Book Awareness • Early writing • Print concepts Language Development • Receptive • Expressive © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 33
  34. 34. And the SECRET is… Know what early childhood educators need to facilitate learning with young children and be intentional about the tools you provide! DAP + Curriculum content/standards = Apps at the top! © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 34
  35. 35. Don’t skip the Subject Matter Experts for development and marketing © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 35
  36. 36. Our book Fran@ECEtech.net Our Site Karen@ECEtech.net Join #ECEtechCHAT, Wednesdays, 9 PM Eastern Tweet Gryphon House #ECEappdev Early Childhood Technology Network © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 to continue the conversation
  37. 37. BONUS SLIDES Looking into the rearview mirror at your instructional design © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012
  38. 38. Instructional Design Common practices that are inappropriate for children in early education settings © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 38
  39. 39. Develop apps that are just like Worksheets or flashcards © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 39
  40. 40. © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 40
  41. 41. The learner Understands © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 41
  42. 42. Don’t Provide empty Entertainment. Develop products that help children develop meaningful, transferable concepts and skills © Copyright, Nemeth and Simon, 2012 42

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