Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & MathFull STEAM Ahead! Conference
Technologies you might see in an ECE classroom….
Emotional skills such as self-regulation of emotions and impulses intersect. Finally, self-efficacy is tightly intertwined as children strive to accomplish tasks and competently meet goals. Creative arts such as music (dancing, singing, and playing music) and art (such as drawing, sculpting, building). Social-studies particularly in early childhood often makes the social connection for children on a very personal level.
The mastery of language is one of the most significant tasks of early childhood and related to this is the development of symbolic thinking. Technology both can support the teaching and the eliciting so that in this way technology is an especially well aligned fit. Similarly, reasoning and problem solving. Related to language is literacy, considered another cognitively-based skill. Areas such as print knowledge, the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness and then phonics, and writing can all be supported with technology. Moving to mathematics in such key areas as number concepts, geometry/spatial sense, and patterns and measurement. Science and technology have always gone hand in hand, particularly the scientific method. Social-studies in respect to the processing of information and being language based is considered a cognitive skill. Creative arts such as music (dancing, singing, and playing music) and art (such as drawing, sculpting, building).
Often used in groups but can be used individually
Through built-in digital portfolios, children’s artwork (and any work) can be saved, retrieved for further engagement, and shared
And Social Studies
Examples of use which do NOT support the whole child…
Technology to Support the Whole Child
Technology to Support the Whole ChildScience, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math: Full STEAM Ahead! Conference September 2012 Lilla Dale McManis, PhD
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?
Defining Developmental Domains •Language/Literacy/ Early Writing •Mathematics •Science •Social Studies •Creative Arts •Social-Emotional •Positive Approaches to Learning
Technologies you might see in anECE classroom….
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.