ERIC Number: ED454680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in Early Childhood: Planning and Learning about Community Environments (TEChPLACEs). Final Report.
Hutinger, Patricia; Clark, Letha; Johanson, Joyce
This final report discusses the outcomes of a 2-year project designed to provide an innovative tool process and a state-of-the-art instructional environment for children from 3 through 8 years of age with a wide range of disabilities across ages, classrooms, and locations as they constructed their own communities and participated in building a cooperative community on an Internet site. The TEChPLACEs' technology-based learning environment provided a potent learning tool that taught children and teachers to use communication technology as they learned about the varied content that comprises communities. TEChPLACEs involved collaboration among Macomb Projects at Western Illinois University, and teachers and children from four rural school districts (a preschool for children with disabilities, two inclusive kindergarten classrooms, and an inclusive first grade classroom). Through participation in the project, teachers gained confidence in the use of technology and familiarity with the Internet and Web construction applications. Teaching styles evolved into a more child-directed approach, and teachers used questioning techniques to guide children's thinking. Children demonstrated gains in language development and became fluent in the vocabulary associated with technology, development of Web pages, and visiting Web sites. They developed higher level thinking skills and wrote and sent e-mail messages. (Contains 37 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Strategies, Electronic Mail, Internet, Language Acquisition, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Rural Schools, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, World Wide Web
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455; Tel: 309-298-1634; Fax: 309-298-2305; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois