This session is sponsored by Erikson Institute’s TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center – an innovative online community dedicated to the effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology and interactive media as tools with young children.
As an increasing number early childhood educators include tablets in their programs, they are asking more questions about ow to use these digital tools. How do they know which apps to download? How will they use apps to create engaging and effective learning experiences for their students? To help navigate through this process Gail Lovely, founder of LovelyLearning.com, will guide you through evaluating and selecting apps for professional use as well as to create effective and engaging learning experiences for young children. Using developmentally appropriate practice as the framework, she will help you be more intentional in their selection of apps with a focus on content and format.
With guidance using developmentally appropriate practice, Gail will share strategies for evaluating these digital tools. She will help you discover ways to:
• Consider educational and technical criteria for apps
• Use apps as management and communication tools for them as well as learning tools for their students
• Examine apps for their DAP, content, and format
By establishing these foundational evaluation skills, Lovely will empower educators to make intentional decisions when integrating apps in early childhood programs.
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