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Early Childhood STEAM and Distance Learning

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Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Tricia Umhafer  
People's Choice winner. Join fellow professionals as look at STEAM in the early childhood classroom and how it can be done during distance learning. Walk away with some tips, tricks and confidence to take on this new way of learning in a developmentally appropriate, interactive and exciting way.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose and objective of this session is to look at STEAM in early childhood education, and help paint a clearer picture of how STEAM can be done during distance learning. The session will allow fellow professionals to collaborate and take a look at this new way of teaching and learning. They will be able to identify developmentally appropriate best practices for virtual learning as well as new innovate ways of instructing some of the youngest of learners.


5 Minutes: What is STEAM in early childhood education?
10 Minutes: Purposeful play during Distance Learning
10 Minutes: Developmentally appropriate best practices for Early Childhood education and distance learning.
20 Minutes: How to make STEAM virtual
- Delivery of instruction and feedback (Google Classroom. Schoology, SeeSaw etc)
- Home adult participation
- Supplies
-High tech vs Low tech
-Idea's and accommodations
- At home Makerspaces
5 Minutes: Probing/open ended questions and verbiage
5 Minutes: Questions and feedback

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Tricia Umhafer, Teq

Tricia is a professional development specialist with over five years of teacher coaching and curriculum development experience, and over 12 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She has proven success in providing high quality professional development and coaching, improving teaching pedagogy and best practices, enhancing student engagement and increasing student success. She has presented on early education topics both in person and online. Tricia has presented at local, national and international conferences including ISTE, TCEA, NYSCATE and NJSBA. She holds a BA in Theater Arts for Stony Brook University.

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