Open Discussion Forum

1.  Technology

Posted 09-01-2017 11:29 AM
​​I was wondering what child care centers use technology wise? Does anyone use tablets for communication with parents? Is there a special app or other websites that can be used? If you do use technology how do teachers or parents like it?

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Ciera Cramer
Chiemsee Castle Daycare
Oshkosh WI
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2.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-02-2017 04:20 AM
Yes we update parents throughout the day through the app it is very thorough

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Leah Selby
Denver Athletic Club
Denver CO
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3.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-15-2017 10:29 AM
​What kind of app do you use?

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Ciera Cramer
Chiemsee Castle Daycare
Oshkosh WI
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4.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-02-2017 06:02 AM
Here are links to a couple of blog posts for specific apps. You need to be aware of what your families have (type of devices, access to internet) in making your choices, as well as, what is your purpose.  Ask your families how they would want to use such a tool and for what purposes.

Tools to Help You Connect with Your Families 


7 of the Best Parent Teacher Communication Apps - Preschool Inspirations

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Joanna Grymes
Arkansas State University
State University AR
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5.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-02-2017 07:44 AM
We use Remind app with our families. We are able to send pictures and group messages to parents. You can also send individual parents pictures and messages. We input our families information and do not use a code because we do not want anyone other than the parents have access. It has been a great resource and parents love it!.

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Kristine Black
Yorkville IL
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6.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-03-2017 01:06 PM
We use Tadpoles with IPads for each classroom. Attendance is kept through the app. Parents get updates throughout the day about diaper changes, meals, and naps. They also get reminders about needed supplies as well as pictures of their children and any other relevant notes or reminders. Lesson plans are also done on Tadpoles and parents get copies of those as well. Parents like the communication format.


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Kathy Pelosi
Warminster PA
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7.  RE: Technology

Posted 09-08-2017 08:45 AM
Collaborating with Maine PreK and K teachers, we have been using SeeSaw to communicate/partner with families. It is free, and easy to share photos, video, drawings and family members can reply to children's work with text or audio comments. You can easily create folders for each child and sub-folders for different topics, and there is also translation support. Families have been very happy -much more possible to see and understand what is happening in the classroom, and to get involved.

There are lots of ways to use technology tools to support early learning goals. NAEYC has a Technology and Young Children Interest Forum members can sign up for and has links to recommended websites, as NAEYC has a position statement you can find on this page Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC which also lists resources.

Over the years, have been exploring ways to use tech with young children that are beneficial and have co-authored articles sharing some of our lessons learned for NAEYC's TYC magazine, such as Touch and Grow: Learning and Exploring Using Tablets and Preschoolers Take Tech Outdoors .

Thanks for sharing about the different tools for partnering with families, and Ciera, for starting the conversation:^)






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Bonnie Blagojevic
Morningtown Consulting
Orono ME
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8.  RE: Technology

Posted 7 days ago
For those interested in tech- there is an article in NAEYC's Sept issue of Young Children (which all members can see online) co-authored by Chip Donohue and Roberta Schomberg, co-authors of the position statement on Tech and Young Children Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC , now 5 years old, reflecting and commenting on where we have been/using tech and sharing current reports and resources.

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Bonnie Blagojevic
Morningtown Consulting
Orono ME
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9.  RE: Technology

Posted 6 days ago
Bonnie,

Thanks for pointing folks to the article and to the celebration of 5 years of research, policy and practice.  Yours was one of many influential voices who helped share the statement between 2010-12 and then put the principles and guidelines into action from the first day it was released in March of 2012.

I want to share links to some research to practice stories on the TEC Center website from educators who have integrated the key message from the position statement into their practice.  When we were preparing the article we put out a call for stories and testimonials and some appear in the article and the TEC team has created featured stories that are rolling out between now and the annual conference.

Take a look at these stories and we encourage members to share their own stories and best practices - and we know you have a few of your own, Bonnie.

Congratulations to NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center for being champions for appropriate and intentional use of technology and interactive media in the early years and developmentally-informed technology integration.

Chip

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Chip Donohue
Chicago IL
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10.  RE: Technology

Posted 6 days ago
in 2017 we are celebrating 5 years of guidance in policy, research and practice from the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs.  Beginning with an article in the September issue of Young Children and continuing through a featured session at the annual conference, NAEYC, the Rogers Center and the TEC Center art Erikson Institute are leading a series of activities and discussions that put the position statement back in the spotlight and reflect on lessons learned and what we can still learn when we look for common themes and consensus with other reports from the RAND Corporation, Zero to Three, High/Scope, the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services, AAP, updated ISTE standards and more.

Here are some links to learn more:

Please share your stories about how the position statement has influenced your practice and join us for the webinar on 11/2 and at the annual conference for the featured session on 11/17.

Chip

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Chip Donohue, PhD
Director, Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center
Erikson Institute
Chicago IL
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