ERIC Number: EJ998761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Technology User Groups and Early Childhood Education: A Preliminary Study
Parette, Howard P.; Hourcade, Jack J.; Blum, Craig; Watts, Emily H.; Stoner, Julia B.; Wojcik, Brian W.; Chrismore, Shannon B.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v41 n3 p171-179 May 2013
This article presents a preliminary examination of the potential of Technology User Groups as a professional development venue for early childhood education professionals in developing operational and functional competence in using hardware and software components of a Technology toolkit. Technology user groups are composed of varying numbers of participants having an interest in technology, and are led by one or more skilled facilitators who meet with participants across time to help them acquire and demonstrate new technology skill sets. A series of these groups were conducted with seven early education professionals serving young preschool children who were at risk or who had disabilities. The impact of these technology user groups was examined using self-reports subsequent to individual participation. Specific data were collected regarding the types of technologies that had been used, and the types of classroom instructional products that had been created and implemented in classrooms using the technologies. A discussion of the value of technology user groups is presented.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Children, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education, Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Computers, Computer Software, Computer Literacy, Preschool Teachers, At Risk Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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