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Hourcade, Jack J.; Parette, Howard P., Jr.; Boeckmann, Nichole; Blum, Craig – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
This paper outlines the use of a technology toolkit to support emergent literacy curriculum and instruction in early childhood education settings. Components of the toolkit include hardware and software that can facilitate key emergent literacy skills. Implementation of the comprehensive technology toolkit enhances the development of these…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Emergent Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Parette, Howard P.; Quesenberry, Amanda C.; Blum, Craig – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2010
Technology use permeates virtually all aspects of twenty-first century society, though its integration in early childhood settings and recognition as a developmentally appropriate practice remains problematic. A position is taken that education professionals may be "missing the boat" by not embracing technology usage as a developmentally…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Parette, Howard P.; Blum, Craig; Boeckmann, Nichole M.; Watts, Emily H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
This article focuses on use of Microsoft[R] PowerPoint[TM] paired with direct instruction (DI) to teach word recognition to young children at risk. DI has been a widely used teaching method for over 40 years, and is often used to teach emergent literacy skills. Recent DI research with preschoolers at risk has suggested the potential for using…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Word Recognition, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education
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Parette, Howard P.; Blum, Craig; Boeckmann, Nichole M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
As assistive technology applications are increasingly implemented in early childhood settings for children who are at risk or who have disabilities, it is critical that teachers utilize observational approaches to determine whether targeted assistive technology-supported interventions make a difference in children's learning. One structured…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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Parette, Howard Phillips; Hourcade, Jack J.; Boeckmann, Nichole M.; Blum, Craig – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
The increasing availability and use of technology applications for teaching emergent literacy skills in early childhood education settings nationwide requires that early childhood education professionals develop skills with readily available software programs. This paper provides general recommendations in using Microsoft[R] "PowerPoint"[TM] to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Phonological Awareness, Young Children, Educational Technology