ERIC Number: ED489166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS) Phase 1: A Final Report
Hutinger, Patricia; Robinson, Linda; Schneider, Carol
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS), a Steppingstones of Technology Innovation Phase 1--Development project, was developed by the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood (the Center) at Western Illinois University as an online instructional system. EC-TIIS' ultimate goal was to improve technology services to young children with disabilities by offering access to effective family and professional development materials in a web-based system of learning opportunities organized in an easy-to-use, accessible format. EC-TIIS combined training content from tested and effective early childhood technology related projects into a series of nine online workshops designed to provide needed knowledge and skills to adults responsible for educational programs for young children. Workshops include: (1) Adaptations; (2) Computer Environment; (3) Curriculum Integration; (4) Emergent Literacy; (5) Expressive Arts; (6) Family Participation; (7) Math, Science, and Social Studies; (8) Software Evaluation; and (9) Technology Assessment. Each workshop contains text, graphics of children using technology, links to outside resources, and downloadable files of curriculum activities, articles, and further information about each topic. The technologies addressed include: computers, software, adaptive input and output devices, digital cameras, digital video, scanners, and other electronic media. Participants included teachers from four field test sites and an eight-member Advisory Panel of professionals and family members. These 12 participants provided feedback and assistance in planning and developing the website in regards to appearance, content, and navigation. Project staff disseminated information about the EC-TIIS website during 13 conference presentations. Five presentations focused specifically on the EC-TIIS website and online training.
Descriptors: Workshops, Internet, Emergent Literacy, Computer Software Evaluation, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Young Children, Online Courses
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, 32 Horrabin Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 61455. Tel: 309-298-1634; Fax: 309-298-2305; Web site: http://www.wiu.edu/thecenter.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.