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Technology to Support the                   Whole ChildScience, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math: Full STEAM Ahead! Con...
Topics• What educational technologies  are available to support  developmental domains?• How can we teach content area  & ...
Defining Developmental Domains               •Language/Literacy/                Early Writing               •Mathematics  ...
Technologies you might see in anECE classroom….
Physical Domain• Two areas are particularly relevant to using  technology: gross and fine motor.• Examples are creative ar...
Social-Emotional/Affective Domain• Cooperation, collaboration, and communication are  some main social skills children are...
Cognitive Domain• Mastery of language and then literacy is one of the  most significant tasks of early childhood & related...
Positive Approaches to Learning• Curiosity, initiative, flexible thinking, and  persistence are some of the most critical ...
How can we teach content area & skillsw/technology in ways that support the whole child?  Using Scaffolding means…  purpos...
Cognitive Scaffolding• Teachers use cognitive scaffolding to develop  children’s understanding of concepts, and it  most o...
Technical Scaffolding• Technical scaffolding uses the features of the  technology to support learning. That is, the  techn...
Affective Scaffolding• Affective scaffolding is used to help keep  children on task and encourage higher levels  of thinki...
Computers & Skyping…
Connecting with characters…
IWBs & Content                                   Often used in                                   groups but can           ...
IWBs                                 & ArtThrough built-in digitalportfolios, children’s artwork(and any work) can besaved...
IWBs get me moving & learning….
Dinosaurs eat acorns…
Multi-Touch TablesEncourages and supports opportunities        for peer interactions
Multi-touch Table Activity for Science  and  Social  Studies
We love ice cream….
Let’s go fishing….
TabletsParticularly good for providing learners         autonomy and choice
Can be usedindividually, withpeers, orw/teachers
Tablets      Lots of content being developed….
I take the cake!
Examples of use which do NOT support the whole child…
Activity Time!• What does a technology-supported day look  like in an ECE program?
Let’s Stay Connected!•   LinkedIn: Early Childhood Technology Network•   Twitter: #ecetechchat Every Weds. night @ 9 EDT• ...
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Technology to Support the Whole Child

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Technology to Support the Whole Child

  1. 1. Technology to Support the Whole ChildScience, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math: Full STEAM Ahead! Conference September 2012 Lilla Dale McManis, PhD
  2. 2. Topics• What educational technologies are available to support developmental domains?• How can we teach content area & skills w/technology in ways supporting the whole child?• What does a technology- supported day look like in an ECE program?
  3. 3. Defining Developmental Domains •Language/Literacy/ Early Writing •Mathematics •Science •Social Studies •Creative Arts •Social-Emotional •Positive Approaches to Learning
  4. 4. Technologies you might see in anECE classroom….
  5. 5. Physical Domain• Two areas are particularly relevant to using technology: gross and fine motor.• Examples are creative arts such as music (dancing, singing, and playing music) and art (such as drawing, sculpting, building).
  6. 6. Social-Emotional/Affective Domain• Cooperation, collaboration, and communication are some main social skills children are called upon to exercise when using technology.• Social studies for example is an area which in early childhood often makes the social connection for children on a very personal level.• Helping children identify emotions has been found promising using technology is another example.
  7. 7. Cognitive Domain• Mastery of language and then literacy is one of the most significant tasks of early childhood & related is development of symbolic thinking. Technology both can support the teaching and the eliciting so is an especially good fit.• Another example is science and technology which have always gone hand in hand, particularly the scientific method.
  8. 8. Positive Approaches to Learning• Curiosity, initiative, flexible thinking, and persistence are some of the most critical skills for school and life success.• They are also some of the most ‘under-taught’.• Technology is an effective and engaging way to support these skills with children.
  9. 9. How can we teach content area & skillsw/technology in ways that support the whole child? Using Scaffolding means… purposefully supporting children’s learning, while they use educational technology, through techniques like: • asking, answering, and inviting questions; • encouraging positive feelings about technology; and • making use of computer/technological capabilities.
  10. 10. Cognitive Scaffolding• Teachers use cognitive scaffolding to develop children’s understanding of concepts, and it most obviously resembles traditional scaffolding between adult/teacher and child.• Activities include questioning, modeling, and encouraging collaboration with peers.
  11. 11. Technical Scaffolding• Technical scaffolding uses the features of the technology to support learning. That is, the technology itself can facilitate understanding and problem solving.• Examples are manipulating shapes, using a word processor or gallery with pictures to create a story, or the computer customizing activities for a child.
  12. 12. Affective Scaffolding• Affective scaffolding is used to help keep children on task and encourage higher levels of thinking when using technology.• Examples include teachers (or characters) being available to help and give encouragement and it can also be feedback given from within the computer software.
  13. 13. Computers & Skyping…
  14. 14. Connecting with characters…
  15. 15. IWBs & Content Often used in groups but can be used individually Literacy & Math Activities
  16. 16. IWBs & ArtThrough built-in digitalportfolios, children’s artwork(and any work) can besaved, retrieved for furtherengagement, and shared
  17. 17. IWBs get me moving & learning….
  18. 18. Dinosaurs eat acorns…
  19. 19. Multi-Touch TablesEncourages and supports opportunities for peer interactions
  20. 20. Multi-touch Table Activity for Science and Social Studies
  21. 21. We love ice cream….
  22. 22. Let’s go fishing….
  23. 23. TabletsParticularly good for providing learners autonomy and choice
  24. 24. Can be usedindividually, withpeers, orw/teachers
  25. 25. Tablets Lots of content being developed….
  26. 26. I take the cake!
  27. 27. Examples of use which do NOT support the whole child…
  28. 28. Activity Time!• What does a technology-supported day look like in an ECE program?
  29. 29. Let’s Stay Connected!• LinkedIn: Early Childhood Technology Network• Twitter: #ecetechchat Every Weds. night @ 9 EDT• LinkedIn: Lilla Dale McManis• Twitter @DrLDMcmanis• Blog @ http://blog.hatchearlychildhood.com/

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