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ERIC Number: EJ913842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Teachers and Parents Play to Learn: Play-Based Instruction in Computer Technology
Parker, Denise
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n194 p78-80 Jul-Aug 2010
Play is so important that it is declared as one of the human rights by the United Nations. Although it is focused on children, play does "not" stop there. In the 1990s the author designed and facilitated a blended curriculum for a Head Start Program. The instructional goal was to introduce and get the children to effectively and independently use computers. This opportunity arose out of a grant from The Children's Museum (TCM) of Indianapolis. The grant focused on computer literacy and technical training for Head Start program staff. In keeping with the Head Start philosophy, it stipulated training for the instructional staff, volunteers, custodial parents, and legal guardians so they could play an active role in participating in the children's learning process. In this article, the author describes how she conducted the four-hour in-service Technical Training through play. The in-service Technical Training was intended to engage, educate, and motivate the adult learners across three generations to use the technology effectively and to confidently aid and assist preschoolers in their use of technology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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