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Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Early Learners


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One of the most popular Hatch 'Super-Power' Webinars to date! Brian Puerling shares awesome ideas for using various technology in the early learning classroom. From publishing books, to classroom blogging, and plenty of other new ideas to take away to your education programs.

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Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Early Learners

  1. 1. Teaching  in  the  Digital  Age:  Smart  Tools  for  Early  Learners   Brian  Puerling    Catherine  Cook  School,  Chicago   Director  of  Technology  Educa=on   February  14,  2011  
  2. 2. Today’s  Speaker   Brian  Puerling   Director  of  Technology   EducaEon   Catherine  Cook  School  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #HatchExperts|    Copyright  2011  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.  
  3. 3. Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Early Learners!Brian Puerling, M.S.,NBCT February 14, 2012!
  4. 4. Overview✤  NAEYC / Fred Rogers Center Position Statement on Technology!✤  Current issues and concerns !✤  Classroom/center integration!✤  Planning and Mapping! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  5. 5. NAEYC/Fred Rogers CenterPosition Statement✤  Document aimed to provide practitioners and administrators with:! ✤  Theory behind technology in early childhood classrooms! ✤  Overview of implementation guidelines and recommendations! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  6. 6. Big Ideas ✤  Enhance learning, development, interactions, communication, and collaboration! ✤  Educators need to be knowledgeable on how to select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology! ✤  Selecting technology should be done similar to choosing any other material or equipment! ✤  Technology can be used to measure, assess, record, plan, and share! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  7. 7. Big Ideas ✤  Access to technology should not diminish any other classroom classroom experiences! ✤  Provide an individualized experience! ✤  Lack of knowledge can lead to inappropriate use! ✤  Teachers need to observe how children engage and interact with technology! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  8. 8. Big Ideas ✤  Book handling skills , similar to tech handling skills ! ✤  Another outlet to demonstrate creativity and learning! ✤  Prepare children for life-long technology use! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  9. 9. Current Issues and Concerns✤  What about screen time?!✤  How many minutes?!✤  Are they learning anything?! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  10. 10. Inquiry Across Disciplines✤  Math! ✤  Literacy!✤  Science! ✤  Health!✤  Social Studies! ✤  Physical Education!✤  Art! ✤  Social Studies!✤  Music! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  11. 11. Going Public/Sharing Learning✤  Providing opportunities to share knowledge and process!✤  Understanding various audiences!✤  Meaningful, purposeful, authentic experiences! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  12. 12. Technologies to Employ✤  audio recording devices!✤  multi-touch mobile devices!✤  document cameras!✤  interactive whiteboards!✤  digital cameras!✤  desktop/laptop computers! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  13. 13. Examples of Technology Integration ✤  Preschoolers Conducting Research!✤  Introducing technology! ✤  Blogging in 3rd Grade!✤  Book Publication! ✤  Tech Buddies!✤  ebook Publication! ✤  Investigating Snow flakes!✤  Streaming a Publishing Party! ✤  Ethical Decisions!✤  Video-conference with an Author!✤  Observing Illustrations! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  14. 14. Preface✤  Strategies described are one among several in a learning sequence!✤  Remember: technology is to be used as a tool among many others! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  15. 15. Introducing technology✤  Consider background of children and families!✤  Consider age and development!✤  Consider features of the device(s) being introduced!✤  Consider the most basic navigation skills! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  16. 16. Book Publication preschool✤  Develop an awareness that we are different and the same!✤  Develop identity as an author and an illustrator!✤  Develop social skills!✤  Move from to abstract! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  17. 17. Book Publication preschool! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  18. 18. ebook Publication 1st Grade✤  Literature can be published in a variety of ways!✤  Authors spend time making decisions about their writing and illustrations!✤  Collaboration between authors and editors!✤  Connecting with authors!✤  Developing an individual style as an author!✤  Authors celebrate and share their work when the publishing is finished! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  19. 19. ebook Publication 1st Grade!✤  Writer s working at individual pace!✤  Writer s working on individual skills and goals set with teacher!✤  Developing technological competencies! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  20. 20. Streaming a Publishing Party✤  Writer s in kindergarten exploring the process of writing!✤  Sharing their writing with the class and those in the community and around the globe! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  21. 21. Video-conference with an author ✤  Author study event! ✤  Connect with an author! ✤  Become inspired by an author! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  22. 22. Observing illustrations✤  Each illustrator is different!✤  Observe children s illustrations!✤  Observe book illustrations!✤  Discussing the work of an illustrator! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  23. 23. Preschoolers Conducting Research ✤  Preschool unit of study: Farm ✤  Photographs of farm animals under document camera! animals! ✤  Photographs of farm animals on tables ✤  Non-fiction texts! with magnifying glasses! ✤  Fiction texts! ✤  Making observational drawings on a mural! ✤  Photographs of farm animals on ✤  Acting out farm animals! iPads! ✤  iPad Applications with farm animal noises! ✤  Class created barn dramatic play © Brian Puerling, 2012
  24. 24. Blogging in 3rd GradeGoals:!✤  Introduction to social media! ✤  What is a blog?!✤  Sharing and reflecting on facts! ✤  Safe and respectful posts!✤  Online conversations! ✤  Ways to share and reflect on information! ✤  Practicing within a safe space! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  25. 25. Tech Buddies✤  Empowering older children to support and collaborate with young children!✤  Employing technological competencies in a new way!✤  Serving various audiences!✤  Leadership role!✤  Strengthening school culture and community!✤  School age kids after school for child care centers! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  26. 26. Investigating Snow flakes✤  Big snowfall, children asking questions about snow flakes!✤  Teacher knew of a video to show various types of snow flakes!✤  Children watched video with a focus, answering their individual questions!✤  Share their learning after the video! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  27. 27. Ethical Decisions✤  Create a research powerpoint on an animal for younger children! ✤  Searching for photographs! ✤  Discussing appropriate search and use of photographs! ✤  Make the learning choice. ! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  28. 28. Planning and Implementing © Brian Puerling, 2012
  29. 29. Considerations✤  goal setting!✤  professional development and support!✤  common language!✤  curriculum mapping!✤  collaboration and reflection! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  30. 30. assess your skills what do I know what do I want to know How will I learn how to do how to do these new skills © Brian Puerling, 2011
  31. 31. Curriculum Mapping✤  Identifying essential questions and understandings!✤  Identifying skills to learn now and in the future!✤  Planning for now and the future!✤  Building on prior knowledge, skills, and experiences!✤  Connecting the disciplines!✤  Threading units of study! © Brian Puerling, 2012
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  36. 36. Team up!✤  Create a Technology Team! ✤  Identify roles (the Librarian is not the technology director)!✤  Find a buddy (teacher, friend, technology coordinator)!✤  Ongoing reflect on your use of technology! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  37. 37. Research and Resources ✤  NAEYC Tech and Young Children Interest Forum! ✤  Children s Technology Review! ✤  TEC Center at the Erikson Institute! ✤  Sesame Workshop Research! ✤  Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education (2012)! ✤ (public)! ✤ (any)! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  38. 38. Upcoming book, May 2012 ✤  Discount code: TECH2! 20% off!! © Brian Puerling, 2012
  39. 39. Interac=ve  Technology    Learning  Ac=vi=es   Brought  to  you  by  The  Early  Learning  Experts  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #hatchinars    |    Copyright  2011  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.  
  40. 40. Touchscreen  Solu=ons   +  Research-­‐Based  Ac=vi=es   =  Be4er  Student  Results   RECENT  STUDY  of  Hatch  TeachSmart  Learning  System:   82%  “ready  to  read”        92%  “school  ready”  in  math  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #HatchExperts|    Copyright  2011  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.  
  41. 41. NEXT  SESSION:  March  15  @  2PM  EST   Effec=ve  Prac=ces  in     Early  Childhood  Educa=on     Sue  Bredekamp,  Ph.D.   Consultant  and  Author  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #hatchinars    |    Copyright  2011  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.