This section of the website is created to support early childhood programs with resources they can use to integrate technology into the early childhood classroom. Resources listed will include links to low cost and innovative ways to incorporate technology, ways teachers can use technology to enhance their curriculum, collaborate with other teachers, reflect on learning experiences, and communicate with families.
NAEYC / Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement
A joint position statement regarding the use of technology in early childhood has been issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.
“Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8” (NAEYC / Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement)
- View an Overview of Position Statement
- View how incorporating technology and interactive media should be used with preschoolers and kindergartners
- Selected Resources on Technology in Early Childhood Education
“The use of technology is a single experience among many ways to contribute to the understanding of a particular concept.” — Brian Puerling, Teaching in the Digital Age
Technology is just another tool in a teacher’s toolbox
As early educators, we should begin to think of technology as another tool or resource to use in our teaching … just like books, blocks, water table or play dough!
Another tool to learn about Science:
- Watch a video of something like apple cider being made before actually making it.
Another tool to learn about Language and Literacy:
- Use videos to learn/hear other languages.
- Video conference with family members of children in class who speak other languages.
- Use digital cameras to photograph field trips or special events – use photos to create a class book or PowerPoint slide with captions to extend learning about the trip or topic.
- Take pictures of children reading books, holding books properly, turning pages by the corners, etc and display in reading area.
- View other ideas of using digital cameras for literacy on Pre-K Pages blog
Another tool to learn about Music:
- Using CD players or iPods to listen songs, dance, learn multicultural music.
- Record a class song and share it on a class website, burn a CD or email to families to listen to.
Another tool to learn to Write / Draw:
- Use SMART board pens to practice writing and drawing on a large scale before practicing on paper.
- Share children’s writing/drawing using document camera or make a Powerpoint and display using a laptop and projector.
It is our goal to make this a comprehensive listing of age-appropriate technology resources and information. If you know of a post, group or organization that is not listed here, please let us know. Send us the information and we’ll research the listing and add it if appropriate.