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Parette, Howard P.; Hourcade, Jack J.; Blum, Craig; Watts, Emily H.; Stoner, Julia B.; Wojcik, Brian W.; Chrismore, Shannon B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 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…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Children, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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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.; Hourcade, Jack J.; Dinelli, Jenny M.; Boeckmann, Nichole M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2009
Best practices in emergent literacy instruction for young children acknowledge and facilitate the smooth progression between children's early engagement with print materials and subsequent fuller literacy mastery. In so doing, model programs target five key emergent literacy skills. The rapid rise in the breadth and depth of educational…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Emergent Literacy, Writing Skills
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Parette, Howard P.; Boeckmann, Nichole M.; Hourcade, Jack J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
This paper outlines the use of the "Writing with Symbols 2000" software to facilitate emergent literacy development. The program's use of pictures incorporated with text has great potential to help young children with and without disabilities acquire fundamental literacy concepts about print, phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, vocabulary…
Descriptors: Phonemic Awareness, Young Children, Computer Software, Emergent Literacy
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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
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Parette, Howard P.; Hourcade, Jack J.; Heiple, Ginny S. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2000
Provides background information related to the use of computers in classrooms that have diverse populations including students with disabilities. Offers a rationale for examining structured approaches to teaching computer skills to young children. Describes one such structured approach. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Computers
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Kemp, Crystal E.; Parette, Howard P.; Hourcade, Jack J. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2001
Discusses the options for securing funding to provide assistive technology devices and services in service settings. Options include Medicaid, The School Health and Related Services Program, and The Early Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program. Considers Medicaid payment requirements and private insurance as a funding source.…
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Children, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Elementary Education