[Explore and create : Playground]
Purpose & objective
The purpose of the Early Learning Playground is to provide inspiration, ideas, examples and leadership in the developmentally appropriate use of technologies with young learners 3 - 8 years old. Teachers of the youngest learners face unique challenges in using technologies in meaningful ways. This playground will provide presentations, hands-on areas to explore technologies, examples of technologies, and strategies for using technologies with young learners. Participants will explore robots, software, apps, tablets, and other technologies. Facilitators will be available to share personal experiences, research and precautions and to stimulate discussion and reflection on best practices. Resources and ideas will be shared for educators to continue their professional learning in the appropriate use of technologies with young learners.
This playground will include short presentations from experts and practitioners, lively discussions and lots of active hands-on exploration. There will be a combination of PLN members, educators, and vendors supporting a myriad of opportunities for learning. Participants will be encouraged to use QR Codes and social media tools to engage with a broader learning community.
Some of the current research and publications on technologies in early learning and the support of professional learning in this field include:
Armstrong, A., Donohue, C. & Highfield, K. (2015). Technology Integration: Defining What Is Appropriate for Young Children. Exchange, 37(5), 28-33.
Donohue, C. (2015). Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning. New York: Routledge and Washington, D.C.: NAEYC
Puerling, B. (2012). Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3. St. Paul, MN: Red Leaf Press, Inc.
Simon, F. & Nemeth K. (2012). Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education. Lewisville, NC: Gryphon House