NAEYC 2014 Annual Conference Presentation:

(Thursday, November 07, Dallas TX)

Emerging Technologies for Empowering Children:

Showcasing innovative tools and pedagogies

that transform teaching, and inspire learning

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Position statement

View a Video of our Presentation

Mark Bailey: Professor, Pacific University, Oregon. Director Pacific University Child Learning and Development Center.

Bonnie Blagojevic: Early Childhood Education Consultant, Morningtown Consulting, Apple Distinguished Educator, Adjunct Faculty University of Maine,

Diane Bales: Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, and Human Development Specialist, UGA Extension,The University of Georgia,

Warren Buckleitner: Editor, Children's Technology Review

We are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children Technology and Young Children Interest Forum. Learn more about how you can get involved in our online community and projects! Visit the Technology and Young Children website and the NAEYC Technology and Young Children page on Facebook today.

Come learn about new technologies designed for use by young children, and techniques for intentional implementation by teachers. In this engaging and interactive session we will demonstrate a range of innovative new technologies and help you experience the variety of ways they can be used to support your students’ learning. Hand-­held devices, creative and collaborative tools, Web-­based applications, and student-­empowering computing; these new technologies are transforming the way people of all ages are learning and communicating. Come be inspired to explore these tools, learn how to get started, and how they can enable amazing new opportunities for your students. Presenters will introduce an inspirational array of tools and bring many of these for you to explore. We will discuss the purpose for which each tool was designed, as well as provide detailed information about applications in a range of early childhood settings. References to research will provide a context for discussing appropriate use. Specific examples will be provided based on experiences from the presenters’ work with young children and teachers, and from discussions of the NAEYC Technology & Young Children Interest Forum group.

Below you will find an extensive list of resources related to digital learning and technological tools. We invite you to join us as we share lessons learned in our work as teachers, authors, presenters, and researchers. We will bring tools with us, and invite you to come play and learn.

Mark Bailey - Listen, Empower, Go Deep View PDF of Mark's Presentation

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Tech Best Practices:
Early Learning Community:
Erikson TEC Center:
Tech and Young Children:
Children’s Tech Review:
Learning at Home 2014:
Fred Rogers Center:
Choosing Smart Apps:

Interesting Research:

Learning with Technology is best with authentic, active, meaningful, hands-on experiences, that can extended playful explorations through student-centered activities. These opportunities should be intentionally designed by teachers using quality tools that can provide transformational opportunities for learning.

Things to Look for in an Educational Technology:
Embodies Universal Design
Utilizes Developmentally Appropriate Features
Empowers, Enhances, and/or Transforms Classroom Experiences
Requires Active Engagement
Scaffolds Adaptive Complexity
Encourages Revisiting & Sharing
Models Multiple Diversities
Empowers Exploration & Creativity
Fosters Thinking & Problem Solving
Supports Playful Use

Diane Bales - Storytelling through Technology: Insights from Ongoing Exploration with 3- and 4-year-olds (View pdf of Diane's presentation)

Storytelling with preschoolers using iPads and a variety of apps
Overall goal: To practice meaningful storytelling through child-guided, hands-on, teacher-supported use of technology tools
  • Classroom blogging: Telling stories of classroom activities using KidBlog
  • Guided family storytelling: Introducing a dual-language learner to the classroom using VoiceThread and StoryKit to create a story about his family and home
  • Organized storytelling through coding: Using Scratch Jr. to help children organize ideas into animated stories

Insights from Coding Project

  • Use of the app is more organized and effective when children have participated in activities to make the tools concrete (e.g. acting out actions for each story block)
  • Children were especially interested in character creation (e.g., selecting a specific character to use, changing appearance, adding their own faces)
  • Problem solving and collaboration emerged when children could not figure out how to code the actions they had in mind
  • Adult roles in facilitating technology use included co-exploring features of the app, asking questions and making observations, capitalizing on children's interest in character development, and encouraging children to develop organized storylines
  • Children displayed quite a few literacy-related and math-related skills in their early explorations of Scratch Jr
    • Imagination
    • Planning
    • Sequencing
    • Spontaneous Narration of Storylines
    • Problem-solving
  • Storytelling in the app is only one tool; can be combined with storytelling in other media to expand children's experience (e..g, acting out story, filming and replaying actions, writing and illustrating stories)
  • Sharing stories with classmates is an important way to make storytelling more concrete and meaningful for children

Bonnie Blagojevic - The A R T of Learning in a Digital Age

Stories that consider how we can increase Access, build Relationships and take advantage of new tech Tools

Comienza en Casa, It Starts at Home "Integrates technology use (iPads) into a curriculum that provides parents of migrant preschool and Kindergarten children with activities and information to promote their child’s school readiness at home." Learn more about this project from Mano en Mano funded by Maine Migrant Education, and community partnerships with the local elementary school and the Milbridge Public library.

Warren Buckleitner -