Playful Learning Approaches to Early Childhood Technology Education
Tufts University’s Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in prekindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings, such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares. This three-course blended learning program introduces the teaching of technology and engineering in early childhood in a developmentally appropriate way that focuses on playful learning. Additionally, the program develops students’ teaching practices and assessment methods, and their understanding of student learning through integrated curricula that include the arts and literacy, as well as STEM. Participants who complete the program will be prepared to implement high-quality technology and engineering activities in diverse learning environments. A virtual information session to learn more about the ECT certificate program will take place at 7 p.m. (ET) on October 14, 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
The Transformational Leadership Institute is an offering of virtual, accredited* trainings on antiracism, unconscious bias, learning loss, and ways that COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the issues. The institute, sponsored by Kendall Hunt, will take place on July 1, July8, and July 13, 2021. Tailored for K–12 leaders and educators, the virtual sessions will equip participants to design individualized equity plans.
The ASL App, by Ink & Salt, presents videos made by people who are deaf to help users learn a new visual, spatial language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well paced. Users can drag their finger on the videos to control the speed, and when they need to know a sign right away, they can use the search index.