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Family Engagement in the Digital Age

Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors

Edited by Chip Donohue

© 2017 – Routledge

292 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors explores how technology can empower and engage parents, caregivers and families, and the emerging role of media mentors who guide young children and their families in the 21st century. This thought-provoking guide to innovative approaches to family engagement includes Spotlight on Engagement case studies, success stories, best practices, helpful hints for media mentors, and "learn more" resources woven into each chapter to connect the dots between child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, family engagement, media mentorship and digital age technology. In addition, the book is driven by a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media.

Please visit the Companion Website at http://teccenter.erikson.edu/family-engagement-in-the-digital-age

Reviews

"At its best, technology is about enhancing human interactions. The authors do an outstanding job of demonstrating the connections between research and the most effective uses of technology with families. Early childhood educators can use the experience, knowledge, and perspectives outlined in this book to advance the field’s conversations about technology."

--Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children

"Don't think of this as a ‘book’ in the traditional sense. It’s more of a portal to ideas, case studies, and links that further unpackage the myth that using technology with young children is an either/or scenario. This collection of 25 diverse chapters makes it clear that being a media mentor isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition; rather, it’s a developmental process. There’s something in this book for all of us."

--Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., Editor of Children’s Technology Review

Table of Contents

Dedication

Foreword by Ellen Galinsky

Preface

Acknowledgements

Contributors

Spotlight on Engagement Profiles

Abbreviations and Acronyms

List of Figures and Tables

Introduction: Setting the Context: Family Engagement in the Digital Age

CHIP DONOHUE

Part I

Technology, Young Children and Family Engagement

Editor’s Introduction

  1. Three Perspectives on Family Engagement
    • Why Media Mentorship Matters: Equity in the 21st Century LISA GUERNSEY
    • Technology Tools for Family Engagement: The Role of Diversity EVIN CLARK
    • Why Family Engagement, Technology and Media Mentors Matter CHIP DONOHUE

  2. Developmentally Appropriate Technology Integration
  3. SHARON HIRSCHY

  4. Thinking, not Stuff: Re-imagining Young Children’s Engagement with Technology and Innovation
  5. JEREMY BOYLE, MELISSA BUTLER AND JUNLEI LI

    Spotlight On Engagement

    Message from Me – Message from Pittsburgh

  6. Logging In To Family Engagement in the Digital Age
  7. M. ELENA LOPEZ, MARGARET CASPE AND HEATHER WEISS

  8. Families, Powered On – The Power of Nudges
  9. RAFIQ DOSSANI AND ANAMARIE AUGER

    Spotlight On Engagement

    How Parents as Teachers and the USC School of Social Work Make Virtual Parent Education a Reality

    Part II

    Technology Tools and Techniques for Empowering Educators and Families

    Editor’s Introduction

  10. "What Did Mister Rogers Do?" Fred Rogers’ Approach to Parent Engagement
  11. JUNLEI LI

  12. Weather Forecasting in the Digital Age: Changing Childhoods
  13. KATE HIGHFIELD

  14. Helping Children and Families Develop Healthy Media Habits
  15. KRISTY GOODWIN

    Spotlight On Engagement

    Enabling Family Engagement at a Distance: There’s an App for That

  16. Digital Age Family Engagement: Supporting Parents as Media Mentors
  17. DEVORAH HEITNER

  18. The Mediatrician’s Advice for Today’s Media Mentors
  19. MICHAEL RICH AND KRISTELLE LAVALLEE

    Part III

    Innovative Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Family Engagement

    Editor’s Introduction

  20. Selecting Digital Systems that Facilitate Family Engagement and Communication
  21. FRAN SIMON

    Spotlight On Engagement

    A "Daily Ding" from Ready Rosie

  22. Sharing Media Literacy Approaches with Parents and Families
  23. FAITH ROGOW AND CYNDY SCHEIBE

    Spotlight On Engagement

    Comienza en Casa: Family Engagement That Starts at Home

  24. Family Engagement Strategies for ALL Languages and Cultures
  25. AMAYA GARCIA AND KAREN NEMETH

    Spotlight on Engagement

    Tech and Family Engagement Tips from Comienza en Casa.

  26. Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology: Ensuring Every Child Belongs
  27. PAMELA BRILLANTE

  28. Children’s Librarians as Media Mentors
  29. CEN CAMPBELL AND AMY KOESTER

  30. Public Media and Learning at Home: Engaging Families with Transmedia
  31. CHIP DONOHUE with EDC/SRI, KBTC, WGBH AND WESTED

  32. New Allies for the Digital Age: Building a Policy and Research Infrastructure to Support Media Mentorship

LISA GUERNSEY AND MICHAEL LEVINE

Subject Index

Name Index

About the Editor

Chip Donohue, Ph.D., is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU010000
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDU022000
EDUCATION / Parent Participation
EDU039000
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDU041000
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning
EDU046000
EDUCATION / Professional Development