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New Book Offers Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Technology into Everyday Classroom Activities
Published by Brookes Publishing Co, Instructional Technology in Early Childhood: Teaching in the Digital Age is a problem-solving guide for pre-K and kindergarten, written to help educators choose and use instructional technology to improve outcomes and ensure that children with and without disabilities are actively engaged. Aligned with the recent NAEYC policy statement on technology in early childhood programs, the book provides a step-by-step "Expect It/Plan It/Teach It" framework for integrating instructional technology into everyday classroom activities.
The book features learning objectives at the start of every chapter, as well as quick-reference charts, detailed classroom vignettes, and screenshots and photos of key technology applications. The book was created to help teachers achieve the following goals:
- plan instructional activities that help all children meet curriculum standards and benchmarks;
- integrate developmentally appropriate technology into planned activities;
- use technology to enhance inclusion of children with disabilities and help them achieve IEP goals;
- locate high-quality technology options that are affordable and readily available;
- support emergent reading, writing, positive behavior, and social communication through strategic use of
- weave technology into every part of the school day, including arrival, circle time, snack time, play, and transitions;
- overcome obstacles to use of technology, from financial limitations to teacher training; and
- measure the effectiveness of technology-supported activities with assessment tools and data collection strategies.
Christopher Piehler is executive editor of T.H.E. Journal.