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10 Apps and Robots We Love Cross-Walked to the ISTE Standards

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 4:45–5:45 pm
Location: W176bc

Sarah Allen   Jennifer Bowden   Gail Lovely   Wendy Oliver   Heidi Veal  
Members of the Early Learning Network will introduce a variety of learning technologies, from apps to robots, and share why they’re great for children ages 3-9, when those technologies are most appropriate to use and how each aligns with the ISTE Standards.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation offers early childhood educators and coaches a space to learn about 10 specific apps and robots, why the presenters love them for early learners and how they cross-walk to the ISTE student standards.

The presenters will share practices and strategies around the use of each tool to show how best to create engaging learning experiences that support all learners.
From this session participants will:
· Learn various technologies they can use in early learning settings
· Learn why the tools selected are developmentally appropriate for our youngest learners
· Learn how the 10 tools presented align to various ISTE student standards


1) Introductions (5 min)
2) Share each app, robot or tool adding in why that presenter loves it and how it matches up to the ISTE Students Standards (5 min each for a total of 50 minutes)
3) Additional questions and answers (5 min)

Supporting research

Bers, M. (2008). Blocks to Robots: Learning with Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom. New York, NY: Teachers’ College Press, Columbia University.
Bers, M. (2012) Designing Digital Experiences for Postive Youth Development. USA: Oxford University Press.
Bers, M. (2017) Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom. Routledge.
Dickinson, D. & Tabors, P. O. (2001). Beginning literacy with language. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.
Guernsey, L. & Levine, M. (2015). Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/Jossey-Bass
Kory, J. (2014). Storytelling with robots: Effects of robot language level on children’s language learning (Master thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

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Sarah Allen, Indian Creek School
Jennifer Bowden, Goddard Systems, INC

Jennifer is Director of Training & Program Development at Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of the Goddard Schools. She leads the training design processes across the system and the Educational Program team. She is also the in-house expert on recommending learning technologies. Jennifer has been a teacher of ECE and technology. She worked for November Learning as Director of the Building Learning Communities Conference for 5+ years and led the consulting and training for districts' 1:1 initiatives as the Mentoring Director. Jennifer is the president of ISTE’s Early Learning PLN.

Gail Lovely, Suddenly It Clicks!
Wendy Oliver, Kamehameha Schools

Wendy Oliver is a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist for Kamehameha Preschools in the state of Hawaii. She graduated with a BA in Geography from California State University Fullerton and earned her elementary teaching certifications in the states of California and Texas. She is a former second and third grade teacher and was a Technology Integration Coach in Dallas, Texas. She recently became a member of the Leadership Board for the ISTE Early Learning Professional Learning Network. Her interests include taking pictures, baking, sporting events, musicals and hiking.

Heidi Veal, Lewisville ISD

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