Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years – A Textbook for 21st Century Educators

| August 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Are you looking for a wealth of thoughtful, educated and tech-savvy resources for teaching the youngest learners? I’ve co-authored a chapter in Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years, out  on Monday, August 25, 2014. This extraordinary textbook for 21st century educators includes up-to-date information about new media in many forms, with a focus on the way these ‘screen time’ tools can be used for early childhood education, social-emotional learning and literacy – not as ways to babysit young kids.

Here’s a look at the contributors and their chapters. It’s a line-up of some of the most important thought leaders in the field of young children, media literacy and educational technology:

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Contributors, Foreword by Ed Greene

Introduction: Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years, Chip Donohue

PART I Technology and Young Children

Editor’s introduction
What Would Fred Rogers Say?

David Kleeman and Dr. Alice Wilder

Technology as a Tool for Social-Emotional Development: What We Can Learn from Fred Rogers’ Approach, Hedda Sharapan

Technology and Digital Media as Tools for Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, Chip Donohue

Teaching with Technology: Preparing Early Childhood Educators for the Digital Age, Chip Donohue and Roberta Schomburg

Would Maria Montessori Say About the iPad? Theoretical Frameworks for Children’s Interactive Media, Warren Buckleitner

Connecting Child Development and Technology: What We Know and What It Means, Michael Robb and Alexis R. Lauricella

Part II Technology in the Classroom

Editor’s introduction
Media Literacy in Early Childhood Education: Inquiry-based Technology Integration, Faith Rogow

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Age, Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

Technology to Support Dual Language Learners, Karen N. Nemeth

Including All Young Children in the Technology-supported Curriculum: A UDL Technology Integration Framework for 21st Century Classrooms, Howard P. Parette and Craig Blum

Stepping into STEM with Young Children: Simple Robotics and Programming as Catalysts for Early Learning, Kate Highfield

Innovate, Educate and Empower: New Opportunities with New Technologies, Mark Bailey and Bonnie Blagojevic

Technology Tools for Teachers and Teaching: Innovative Practices and Emerging Technologies, Brian Puerling and Angela Fowler

Part III Technology Beyond the Classroom

Editor’s Introduction
Technology as a Tool to Strengthen the Home-School Connection, Tamara Kaldor

Technology Tools for Strengthening Communities, Luisa M. Cotto

Access, Content & Engagement: How Children’s Librarians Support Early Learning in the Digital, Cen Campbell and Carisa Kluver

Connected Educator – Connected Learner: The Evolving Roles of Teachers in the 21st Century and Beyond, Amanda Armstrong

Cen Campbell (@LittleeLit) and I co-wrote a chapter for Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning, edited by our friend & mentor, Chip Donohue. Cen, Chip and many of the other authors will be presenting on the book at the NAEYC annual conference in Dallas in November 2014. She hopes to see many other librarians there!

Cen Campbell’s Think Tank for Tech Savvy Librarians

And here’s a blurb about this publication from Routledge and the National Association for the Educational of Young Children – NAEYC:

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years offers early childhood teacher educators, professional development providers, and early childhood educators in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education settings a thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years puts educators right at the intersections of child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, early childhood teaching practices, children’s media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. The book is based on current research, promising programs and practices, and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media and the Fred Rogers Center Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media. Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory, developmentally appropriate practice, and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.

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About the Author ()

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of, an iPad children's book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.