Sunday, September 16, 2012

Teaching In The Digital Age: A Book Review

About The Book:

Integrate technology into your classroom and help children develop skills they need as they learn and grow 

Technology is rapidly changing the ways we live our lives and interact with the world. It's also changing how you teach. Technology can enhance your classroom's complete curriculum and assessment and help you create and capture meaningful experiences, support inquiry, and expand your classroom's walls.Teaching in the Digital Age is a comprehensive framework that will help you select and use a variety of technology and interactive media tools in your classroom—including digital cameras, audio recorders, webcams, publication and presentation tools, and multi-touch mobile devices. 

Reflecting Technology in Early Childhood Programs, the joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center, Teaching in the Digital Age includes

  • Developmentally appropriate and effective strategies to use technology to facilitate children's learning
  • 28 links to video clips that provide a deeper look at how these practices are used in real classrooms
  • 32 forms to help you plan, reflect on, and evaluate how you use technology to help children learn

Age Focus: 3-8. Softbound, 200pgs.

About The Author:

Brian Puerling, a National Board Certified Teacher, is a graduate of the Erikson Institute and the director of education technology at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. He is a former preschool teacher with Chicago Public Schools and has also worked as an early childhood teacher coach, a curriculum reviewer, and a professional development facilitator for Chicago Public Schools, Rush University Medical Center Science and Math Excellence Network, and Rochelle Lee's Boundless Readers. Brian participated in the Erikson Early Mathematics Project, is active in the Chicago Metro AEYC, and is a member of the NAEYC Tech and Young Children Interest Forum, which works to provide early childhood educators with high quality implementation and research resources. Brian recently joined the Sesame Workshop Teacher Council, where he shares his knowledge on trends in early childhood education and technology movements to help guide the planning for future programming of their television shows. Brian was a recipient of the PBS Innovative Educator Award and PBS Teacher's Choice Award in 2010. Visit Brian's website:

My Review:

As an Early Childhood Educator I have seen a lot of changes in the way young children are taught over the years. In some ways things have gotten simpler, going back to a play-based philosophy that young children learn best through good ole' play. Yet, in other ways things have gotten more complicated with the introduction of using technology like computers, iPads, Smart Boards, etc in learning environments. As an educator of young children, I know there has to be a fine balance between play and the use of technology. Recently though, I read a book that will change the way educators see technology. Allow me to share my thoughts on Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3.

Throughout the book, you will be introduced to all the various types of tools that can be used to not replace play, but enhance it. Tools like MP3 players, iPods, and more. I am a proud avocate of limiting screen and gaming time, but I definitely see what the author is saying in this book. It was great to see how to use technology in areas like a Book Center or dramatic play without impacting the play that occurs in these areas. 

One of the methods introduced was using Webcams for assessing children's development! What a fantastic way to do this. Not only can you record children during the day without interrupting daily routines, and review them later in the day, its a new way to document and share your findings with parents or other professionals. 

I also absolutely loved the use of QR Codes to access more resources from the author, Brian Puerling and various families, teachers and other professionals. A great addition for those with Smartphones. 

If you are looking for a new resource for your child care center lending library, or a way to teach new methods using todays technology, I highly recommend this book!

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 online here, through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Red Leaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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