1st Edition

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years Tools for Teaching and Learning

Edited By Chip Donohue Copyright 2015
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

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    A Co-Publication of Routledge and NAEYC

    Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years offers early childhood teacher educators, professional development providers, and early childhood educators in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education settings a thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

    Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years puts educators right at the intersections of child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, early childhood teaching practices, children’s media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. The book is based on current research, promising programs and practices, and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media and the Fred Rogers Center Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media. Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory, developmentally appropriate practice, and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website (http://teccenter.erikson.edu/tech-in-the-early-years/) provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.


    Foreword by Ed Greene




    List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

    List of figures with captions

    Introduction: Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years

    Chip Donohue


    PART I

    Technology and Young Children

    Editor’s introduction

    1. What Would Fred Rogers Say?

    David Kleeman and Dr. Alice Wilder

    2. Technology as a Tool for Social-Emotional Development: What We Can Learn from Fred Rogers’ Approach

    Hedda Sharapan

    3. Technology and Digital Media as Tools for Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

    Chip Donohue

    4. Teaching with Technology: Preparing Early Childhood Educators for the Digital Age

    Chip Donohue and Roberta Schomburg  

    5. What Would Maria Montessori Say About the iPad? Theoretical Frameworks for Children's Interactive Media

    Warren Buckleitner

    6. Connecting Child Development and Technology: What We Know and What It Means

    Michael Robb and Alexis R. Lauricella


    Part II

    Technology in the Classroom

    Editor’s introduction

    7. Media Literacy in Early Childhood Education: Inquiry-Based Technology Integration

    Faith Rogow

    8. Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Age

    Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

    9. Technology to Support Dual Language Learners

    Karen N. Nemeth

    10. Including All Young Children in the Technology-supported Curriculum: A UDL Technology Integration Framework for 21st Century Classrooms

    Howard P. Parette and Craig Blum

    11. Stepping into STEM with Young Children: Simple Robotics and Programming as Catalysts for Early Learning

    Kate Highfield

    12. Innovate, Educate and Empower: New Opportunities with New Technologies
    Mark Bailey and Bonnie Blagojevic

    13. Technology Tools for Teachers and Teaching: Innovative Practices and Emerging Technologies

    Brian Puerling and Angela Fowler


    Part III

    Technology Beyond the Classroom

    Editor’s Introduction

    14. Technology as a Tool to Strengthen the Home-School Connection

    Tamara Kaldor

    15. Technology as a Tool to Strengthen the Community

    Luisa M. Cotto

    16. Access, Content & Engagement: How Children’s Librarians Support Early Learning in the Digital Age

    Cen Campbell and Carisa Kluver

    17. Connected Educator – Connected Learner: The Evolving Roles of Teachers in the 21st Century and Beyond

    Amanda Armstrong


    Subject Index

    Name Index


    Chip Donohue, Ph.D., is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, and Director, TEC Center, Erikson Institute, USA.

    "This well researched book certainly provides much food for thought for early years educators, and it challenges us all to reflect, question and research the possibilities technology and digital media bring to children’s learning and how they impact on their development." – Barbara Isaacs, Montessori International

    "Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years is a treasure; the content is grounded in learning theory and covers a wide range of technologies and educational practices. An added benefit is the incredible supply of digital and print resources. This book should be required reading for parents, teachers, media developers, and policy makers who are responsible for the next generation’s education." - Barbara T. Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Erikson Institute, USA

    "At last, a comprehensive, intelligent resource for teachers, teacher educators, and the field in general that discusses both the here and now and the potential of technology and digital media in early childhood education. While offering a snapshot of the ever-changing digital world of devices, software, and websites, Donohue and colleagues have, more importantly, gifted the field with a structured, multidimensional framework that is the clearest path to date for professional decision-making about technology and digital media choices that enhance learning for young children. There are no boogeymen in the closet snatching childhood from the young. It is possible for every child to have access when teachers are supported in their application of developmentally appropriate practices to yet another dynamic educational tool." - Jerlean E. Daniel, Early Childhood Consultant (NAEYC Executive Director from 2010 to 2013)