ERIC Number: EJ1064542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Steps to Implementing Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Programs
Lyons, Catherine D.; Tredwell, Claire T.
Computers in the Schools, v32 n2 p152-166 2015
Twenty-first-century preschool children, with and without disabilities, may be found using technology, including assistive technologies, on a daily basis in their homes, schools, and communities. Early childhood educators are exploring opportunities to integrate technology and interactive media into the present-day curriculum. The authors suggest implementing the following five-step process to support using technology in early childhood inclusive programs: (a) assessing technology knowledge of young children, (b) developing technology rules with young children, (c) applying professional judgment and program policy, (d) implementing technology into the curriculum, and (e) collecting data for decision making. Through this process, early educators may define children's background knowledge and subsequently design a curriculum approach, including instructional methods and strategies, to engage young children while fostering creative learning experiences.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Data Collection, Decision Making, Assistive Technology, Handheld Devices, Knowledge Level, Standards, STEM Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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