- Dr. Roberta Schomburg, Professor of Education , Carlow University in Pittsburgh
- Chip Donohue, Ph.D, Director of Distance Learning and the TEC Center, Erikson Institute
This session is sponsored by The TEC Center at Erikson Institute.
Chip Donohue and Roberta Schomburg, Senior Fellows at the Fred Rogers Center, will discuss the revision process and their approach to the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.
The statement takes into account the ever-changing digital age and will provide guidance for early childhood educators about the use of technology and interactive media in ways that can optimize opportunities for young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development.
In this session:
- Chip and Roberta will share the guiding principles as well as concerns and cautions and consider the applications and implications for early childhood leaders and educators and the new opportunities technology and media can offer young children, parents and families.
- Participants will get a peek into the issues and concerns that have been identified during the two-year process or developing and vetting the position statement.
- Intentional and developmentally appropriate strategies for selecting, using, integrating and evaluating technology tools and interactive media in programs and classrooms will be identified, described and demonstrated.
- Participants will be encouraged to share stories about effective practices for implementing the position statement.
The TEC Center at Erikson Institute
The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to effectively, appropriately, and intentionally use technology with young children. The Center develops and aggregates a variety of resources for emerging technologies and new media for educators and children in an online community where promising practices are demonstrated, shared, and discussed. This innovative approach to professional development uses technology tools and proven distance education methods to translate research into effective practice and enhance the technology skills and digital literacy of early childhood educators.
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