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Tech Tools for Early Learners

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Saturday, December 5, 10:00–10:50 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Janet Corder  
Joan Gore  

There are endless opportunities to use technology in an early childhood classroom — even if you only have one or two devices. Allow your young students to develop their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills through technology. Get your digital natives ready while individualizing and differentiating in your classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

There are endless opportunities to use technology in early childhood classrooms - even if you have only one or two devices. Why not allow these devices to be used at school to transform teaching and learning? Come to this workshop to learn about small group and whole class activities, augmented reality, formative assessment and much more. Activities will include ideas for teachers with iPads, Chromebooks and other devices for small group activities and the classroom with limited devices. Exemplary, interactive activities will be correlated to address multiple ISTE standards. We will provide attendees with tech tools and apps so that young students become engaged and excited about the lessons in the classroom. Activities that are shared will allow students to use technology every day to access information, make decisions and express creativity. Participants in the workshop will experience activities that can easily be replicated in multiple subject areas and grade levels. Participants will have access to a website with instructions and examples ( When teachers create dynamic learning communities within their classrooms, the impact on instructional practice is immediate and rewarding.


Introduction (5 minutes). Overview of technology tools available to use in K-2 classrooms (20 minutes). Present various lessons and activities in multiple subjects and grade levels (25 minutes). Participants will create their own lesson or activity using one of the examples presented (25 minutes). At the conclusion of the workshop, the attendees will share the lesson or activity created (10 minutes). Follow up time for questions and observations (5 minutes). Process: The presenters will guide the participants through the various tools and resources that lend themselves for use in the K-2 classroom. Every participant will have access to resources electronically to take back to their classroom.

Supporting research

Pugnali, A., Sullivan, A., & Bers, M.U. (2017) The Impact of User Interface on Young Children’s Computational Thinking. Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 16, 172-193. McManis, L. D., & Gunnewig, S. B. (2012). Finding the education in educational technology with early learners. Young Children, 14-24. Liechtman, Grant. Take Aim at Innovation! Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2013. Print. Oates, Rita. "How to Learn in the 21st Century," Educational Leadership (Sept. 2009). Schrum, Lynn, & Solomon, Gwen. Web 2.0 New Tools, New Schools. ISTE, 2008. Groff, J. and Haas, J. "Web 2.0: Today's Technologies, Tomorrow's Learning," Learning & Leading with Technology, Sept./Oct. 2008, 12-15. Bonk, Curtis. The World is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. Jossey-Bass, 2009. Peters, Laurence. Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students. ISTE: 2009. The following are websites and blogs that support the research:

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Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet Corder is an educational technology consultant specializing in technology integration, mobile learning devices and current educational trends. She’s often asked to teach model lessons in classrooms to show educators how to successfully use available technology to positively impact teaching and learning. Her presentations and training sessions take the fear out of integrating technology across the curriculum, meeting the needs of the beginner to the most advanced user. As a Texas public school educator, Corder spent over 20 years in the classroom and as a campus instructional technologist. In the last 10 years of her educational career, she served as the coordinator of instructional technology for Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas. Corder was also an adjunct education professor at a Texas Wesleyan University, teaching the course “Computers as a Classroom Tool” in the education department. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development, and served in various positions on the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Board of Directors. In 2013, Corder was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award. She’s also a Nearpod PioNear, an Apple Teacher, an ambassador for Flipgrid and Wakelet, and a Nearpod, LiveBinders and Newsela certified trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and an M.Ed. from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce) in Reading.

Joan Gore, J2Training

As an experienced educational technology consultant, Joan specializes in technology integration at all levels. Her experience in a large Texas school district gives her a broad viewpoint of the needs of students and teachers. She has a passion for assisting educators learn new strategies for successfully integrating technology into their curriculum. Joan has presented at national, state and local conferences which has broadened her viewpoint of the needs of educators. She co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Joan served as president for the TCEA and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award .

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