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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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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.; 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)