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Webinar - Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings- 2016-03-16


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More and more preschools, childcare centers, libraries, and community-based organizations that support the parents of children birth to five are turning to technology to enhance their engagement with families. A plethora of texting programs, video coaching tools, apps, and early literacy devices are now available to help families support their young children's development. But which are the best tools to use for your program? In this webinar, we share the latest research on the technology habits parents, discuss how program providers can incorporate technology tools and provide an overview of some early learning platforms.
This webinar, presented by the Early Learning Lab, is the first in a series of four webinars on technology for the early childhood education field. The Early Learning Lab is partnering with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, New America, Frontiers of Innovation, TechSoup and New Profit to produce this series.

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Webinar - Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings- 2016-03-16

  1. 1. Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings With: Sheetal Singh, Early Learning Lab Elena Lopez, Harvard Family Research Project Sandra Gutierrez, Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors Rebecca Parlakian, ZERO TO THREE March 16, 2016
  2. 2. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved2 Using ReadyTalk • Chat to ask questions • All lines are muted • If you lose your Internet connection, reconnect using the link emailed to you. • If you lose your phone connection, re-dial the phone number and re-join. • ReadyTalk support: 800-843-9166 Your audio will play through your computer’s speakers. Hear an echo? You may be logged in twice and will need to close one instance of ReadyTalk.
  3. 3. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved3 You Are Being Recorded… • This webinar will be available on the TechSoup website along with past webinars within a week: • • You can also view recorded webinars and videos on our YouTube channel: • You will receive an email with a link to this presentation, Q & A, and collateral informational materials within a week. • Tweet us @TechSoup or using hashtag #tswebinars
  4. 4. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved4 Presenters Assisting with chat: Becky Wiegand, TechSoup Sheetal Singh Director, Design and Innovation, EARLY LEARNING LAB Sandra Gutierrez, Founder and National Director, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Door Elena Lopez, Associate Director, Harvard Family Research Project Rebecca Parlakian, Director of Parenting Resources, ZERO TO THREE Susan Hope Bard Online Training Producer, TechSoup
  5. 5. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved5 Objectives 1. Share the latest research on the technology habits of millennial parents 2. Discuss a framework to guide program providers in using technology with modern families 3. Highlight lessons learned from families' use of technology with young children
  6. 6. 6 About TechSoup
  7. 7. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved7 The Need Is Global – And So Are We TechSoup’s mission is to build a dynamic bridge that enables civil society organizations and social change agents around the world to gain effective access to the resources they need to design and implement solutions for a more equitable planet. Countries Served TechSoup Partner Location NetSquared Local Group
  8. 8. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved8 www.TechSoup.Global
  9. 9. . © TechSoup Global | All rights reserved9 Our Impact Together, we build a stronger, more resilient civil society. $5.2B in technology products and grants employed by NGOs for the greater good 35 languages used to provide education and support 100+ corporate and foundation partners connected with the causes and communities they care about 6.2M annual visits to our websites 600,000 newsletter subscribers empowered with actionable knowledge 79% of NGOs have improved organizational efficiency with TechSoup Global's resource offering* *Source: survey conducted among TechSoup members in 2013
  10. 10. All children deserve the chance to grow, learn, and fulfill their potential to be creative thinkers and doers. Yet too many young children aren’t exposed to the engaging and enriching experiences they need from birth to age five that help them thrive and learn. The only way to close this opportunity gap is to invest in the adults that care for them. 10
  11. 11. What We Do The Early Learning Lab supports the early childhood education field by identifying, developing and catalyzing the use of innovative tools, program design, and technologies to foster great caregiving and teaching of children from birth to age five. Our vision is to drive smart practices, solutions and systems to amplify early childhood learning. 11
  12. 12. • Supply: Work with technologists to ensure products are research- based and meet the needs of the field; define and test high-value technology design elements. • Demand: Help program implementers and families understand the range of tools available and make smart decisions on what to use. • Capacity Building: Guide the field in understanding how to meaningfully and effectively integrate technology into programs. 12 Accelerating the use of innovative technologies requires operating at three levels:
  13. 13. Early Learning Technology Design Elements • Builds parent/teacher self- efficacy • Builds parent/teacher social capital • Puts data into the hands of the users and uses data to inspire improvement • Personalized for greater efficacy • Accommodates and promotes diversity 13
  14. 14. Polling Question Which of the following do you use to communicate with families: – Texting – Email – Social media – Blogging – Video sharing – Photo sharing – Apps
  15. 15. Wired: Digital Media in Family Engagement M. Elena Lopez Associate Director Harvard Family Research Project
  16. 16. Comienza en Casa Program for migrant families in Milbridge, ME
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  18. 18. Just Say No Random Acts
  19. 19. Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
  20. 20. Program Foundations Supporting Connecting Creating Pathways Leadership Professional Development Assessment & Improvement
  21. 21. Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
  23. 23. Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
  24. 24. Comienza en Casa Program for migrant families in Milbridge, ME
  25. 25. Points to Remember • Avoid random acts • Be intentional • Create strong foundations • Know and understand families • Encourage families to be wise consumers and avid creators • Assess, improve, and innovate
  26. 26. M. Elena Lopez
  27. 27. Resources FINE Newsletter: Share your ideas: @HFRP Mailing list: Website:
  28. 28. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors The AP Mobile App Development Process Desarrollando un Futuro Mejor a través del Liderazgo de los Padres Building a Better Future Through Parent Leadership
  29. 29. Why an Abriendo Puertas (AP) App? • Latinos have the highest rate (71%)of Smartphone usage in the U.S. • Latinos tend to be “Smartphone dependent” for internet use. • AP partnerships with: – Vroom – Common Sense Media  Challenge: How to extend AP’s reach and impact with maximum effectiveness.  Solution: Develop a free, bilingual Smartphone App that aims to improve the quality of life and future opportunities for parents and children.
  30. 30. Parent Input  Parent perception and concerns • Deep concern about their children’s use of technology • Another language they don’t speak • Very familiar with Facebook and WhatsApp – 80% reported daily use • “Quien adelante no mira, atrás se queda.” “If you don’t look forward, you stay behind”  Parent input • Recommend the app be easy, useful, fun and enjoyable • Mi familia – cradle to college  Top 5 recommendations regarding content 1. Stress 2. Bullying 3. Dual Language Learner – bilingual 4. Literacy 5. Advocacy
  31. 31. Communication and Collaboration  Reaching a common understanding • Tech and family engagement speak different languages  Rebooted assumptions and expectations • Functional limitations • Expertise matters • Working in stages • Staying true to AP values – welcoming environment
  32. 32. What’s Next?
  33. 33. Mil gracias!
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