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Parette, Howard P.; Blum, Craig; Luthin, Katie – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2015
In recent years, recommended e-books have drawn increasing attention from early childhood education professionals. This study applied a quantitative descriptive features analysis of cost (n = 70) and no-cost (n = 60) e-books recommended by the Texas Computer Education Association. While t tests revealed no statistically significant differences…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Books, Early Childhood Education, Costs
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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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Gillis, Afton; Luthin, Katie; Parette, Howard P.; Blum, Craig – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
Development of receptive and expressive language skills is an important foundational skill in early childhood education. Recently, early childhood education professionals have begun using Web-based technology to assist in developing these skills. One Web-based technology that holds potential to support children's learning is "VoiceThread" which…
Descriptors: Expressive Language, Receptive Language, Language Skills, Skill Development
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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.; 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.; 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 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 P.; Stoner, Julia B. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2008
Assistive technology (AT) has the potential to increase developmental skills and provide solutions to challenges, such as behavior, attention, and communication, faced by students identified with disabilities or at risk in early childhood settings. Early childhood education professionals must have AT knowledge and competency to effectively use AT…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Early Childhood Education, Professional Development, Organizations (Groups)
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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