Limit search to available items
Book Cover
E-book
Author Simon, Fran.

Title Digital decisions : choosing the right technology tools for early childhood / Fran Simon and Karen Nemeth ; foreword by Chip Donohue
Published Lewisville, NC : Gryphon House, [2012]
©2012
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central (owned titles)    View Resource Record  

Copies

Description 1 online resource (192 pages) : color illustrations
Series Early Childhood Resources anthology
Early Childhood Resources anthology
NC LIVE module
Contents 14. Professional development: taming technology : Basic computer and technology operations and concepts ; Technology self-assessment form ; Professional development, coaching, and mentoring ; Finding the right professional development ; Beyond the basics: using technology to learn about technology ; 15. Building and supporting commonsense, technology-rich programs : It all starts with you! ; The vision: knowing what good practice looks like ; What does your program need? ; Basic program technology-readiness self-assessment ; Professional development, coaching, and mentoring ; Technology professional development champions ; Professional development assessment and planning ; Evaluating commercially available software designed specifically for children -- 16. Technology plans for commonsense, technology-rich programs : Helping teachers plan for technology integration ; Yearly classroom technology plan for teachers -- Resources : Websites to visit for research, reports, and updates ; Books, papers, reports, and position statements -- Appendix : Charts and forms : Suggestions for well-equipped digital centers and classrooms ; Digital literacy basic skills self-assessment ; Weekly play chart
5. Computer software, apps, and activities : Appropriate computer software, apps, and activities ; Using grown-up programs for early learning ; Digital music software ; Including software, apps, and website activities in lesson plans ; Developmentally appropriate activities for preschool/kindergarten ; Technology planning ; Evaluating children's software, apps, and websites ; The commonsense approach to developmentally appropriate evaluation of software, websites, and apps developed for young children ; Using software, apps, and online systems developed for use by adults ; A few ideas about how to use software, apps, and online systems developed for adults in open-ended classroom projects and experiences for children ; Technology for dual language learners (DLLs), point #2 ; Assistive technology for children with special needs, point #2 ; Sample technology lesson plan #2: learning about computer games ; 411 for directors and other administrators: software, apps, and website activities -- 6. Interactive whiteboards and multi-touch table devices : Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) ; Multi-touch tables ; Activity examples ; Features of interactive touch-screen devices ; Technology for dual language learners (DLLs), point #3 ; Assistive technology for children with special needs, point #3 ; Sample technology lesson plan #3: seek and find your friends game
7. Mobile devices, multi-touch tablets and smartphones : Developmentally appropriate activities for preschool/kindergarten ; Technology for dual language learners (DLLs), point #4 ; Assistive technology for children with special needs, point #4 ; Sample technology lesson plan #4: working with sounds and words ; 411 for directors and other administrators: mobile devices, multi-touch tablets and smartphones ; Comparing mobile broadband and wi-fis -- 8. E-books and E-readers : Features of e-book readers ; 411 for directors and other administrators: e-books and e-readers -- 9. Pictures and videos : Developmentally appropriate activities for preschool/kindergarten ; Digital storytelling ; Using Skype and video chatting -- 10. Other technology for the early childhood classroom : Technology gadgets with promise for developmentally appropriate practice ; Technology gadgets that are not developmentally appropriate -- 11. Special considerations : Special considerations for children under three ; Next steps: special considerations for young children beyond kindergarten -- 12. Parents and commonsense, technology-rich classrooms : Creating opportunities to educate parents ; Planning equal access for individual children, families, and the group ; Using technology to connect and communicate with parents -- 13. Digital literacy for teachers and children : Teaching "digital natives" and leveling the playing field ; What is digital literacy? ; First, all about you, the teacher in a digital world! ; Digital literacy skills self-assessment chart ; Pay it forward! Getting the background you need to work effectively with young children ; You are the gatekeeper for the children in your program: sorting out the information you encounter ; Helping children navigate the Internet safely
Introduction : Buzzing, beeping, flashing, and blinking: a dream, or a nightmare, of a technology-driven day -- 1. To tech or not to tech: finding balance in the debate : The early days of technology integration in early childhood education ; Technology integration in early childhood classrooms today ; What does best practice in technology-rich programs look like? ; The big debate ; Suzanne's concern: technology is developmentally inappropriate for young children ; The elephants in the room: fear, disruption, and resistance to change ; Interactive technology versus passive media ; Ending the screen-time confusion: the American Academy of Pediatrics statement ; Our focus on interactive tools -- 2. The big question: how much technology is too much? : Infants through two-year-olds ; What about children who are three or older? ; Weekly play chart -- 3. Developmentally appropriate digital classrooms look like this : Appropriate technology use in early childhood classrooms looks like this, not that ; What about donated technology? -- 4. Computers, desktops and laptops : Operating systems ; Basic computer hardware ; Computer interface ; Computer connectivity ; Peripherals ; Laptops ; Technical support ; Infusing basic technology and computer skills into your lesson plans ; Learning how to use computers ; Developmentally appropriate activities for preschool/kindergarten ; Technology for dual language learners (DLLs), point #1 ; Assistive technology for children with special needs, point #1 ; Sample technology lesson plan #1: all aboard the technology train! ; 411 for directors and other administrators: computers, desktops and laptops
Summary Feel confident and competent when it comes to choosing and implementing the most appropriate technology tools for your early childhood classroom! Whether you are a technology enthusiast looking for new ideas and guidance about developmentally appropriate practices, or you are new to the idea of using technology with young children, this book is for you. Digital Decisions provides everything you need to make your own technology plan based on your experiences and beliefs, the needs of the children, the context of your curriculum and the resources available to you. This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. A reference every childhood program will want to have, Digital Decisions is brimming with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs
Notes "GH10023"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-176) and index
Notes Print version record
In EBL
Subject Computers and children.
Early childhood education -- Computer-assisted instruction.
Educational technology.
Form Electronic book
Author Nemeth, Karen N.
ISBN 087659433X (electronic bk.)
9780876594339 (electronic bk.)