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Redefining Rituals and Routines

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Christine Pinto  
Jessica Twomey  

Daily learning connections and routines CAN be meaningful beyond the walls of the classroom. Learn how classes in California and New Jersey share the weather, days of school, and well wishes on a daily basis. Explore how these strategies can be used to design learning experiences for any learning model.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Prior to attending this session, a Google Apps account should be created.
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session educators of young children will consider and explore possibilities for transforming learning as students and teachers wonder together:
What is happening beyond the space of our classroom?
What do schools look like for other children?
How can we redesign rituals and routines to include a broader definition of the world?
How do we create safe and beautiful multimedia spaces for children and teachers to connect daily?

The purpose of this presentation is to expose teachers to new ideas for common daily rituals, and the opportunity to rethink and redefine their own experiences. The value in maintaining elements of traditional approaches for these rituals is touched upon, alongside solutions on how to enhance the experiences by including technology integration. Utilizing the SAMR model and supporting research from NAEYC, teachers will explore a variety of options for transforming learning experiences for young children through digital tools. Options are provided for participants by offering the resources to continue their rituals within their own learning environments, and exposing them to the possibilities of taking learning beyond their classroom by collaborating with another class (how to make that happen). Participants will be able to use ideas and resources on a DAILY basis in their learning environments (classroom, hybrid, remote learning).


- Wish You Well, Days of School Counting, and Weather Reporting rituals will be described (about 20 minutes each) in terms of how to facilitate them and which accompanying tools work best when facilitating with children. Personal experiences on behalf of these rituals will also be shared, so that participants can get a sense of the impact that they have had on children in.

- Participants will have access to templates/resources shared, and can explore their own copies of templates (on their own devices as we present) to use in their own learning environments.

Supporting research

A joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College: Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 -

Checklist for identifying exemplary uses of technology and interactive media for early learningThe Pennsylvania Digital Media Literacy Project -

Google Apps for Littles: Believe They Can -

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Christine Pinto, Arcadia Unified School District
Jessica Twomey, Washington Township Schools

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