TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS

Designing the Classroom of Tomorrow
What does is look like to integrate technology into the classroom? Tomorrow’s early childhood classrooms will look high-tech with technology for teachers, students and parents. How should classrooms be designed to provide the proper structure for equipment and observation? Join us to discuss these questions. We will present results of research conducted on various equipment options and share a vision for the future.

Susan Testaguzza | LifeCubby
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Supporting the online learner in a hands-on field
Are you or members of your staff hands-on learners in an online world? How can you motivate your hands-on learners to be online adventurers? This session will identify and explore professional development and continuing education programs offered online. Overcome fears associated with distance learning and gain the knowledge to create your own hybrid trainings that motivate and support staff.

Mary Muhs & Kristen Walley | Rasmussen College
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. 

Successful Tech Integration: Tips, Tools, and Techniques
Instructional leaders provide a vision for successful tech integration. They implement the guidelines of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center joint position statement; develop a learning community; explore the 4 Cs of tech integration (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creation); apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principals to create multiple entry points for diverse learners; and help teachers differentiate their instructional and pedagogical approaches.

Chip Donohue & Tamara Kaldor | Erikson Institute
Ed Greene | HITN
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Teaching Number Sense with Tablets
Mathematics knowledge in preschool, specifically number sense, is the best predictor of a child’s future academic achievement. What skills make up number sense? What are the best methods to teach these skills? Will tablets help or hurt? This session teaches how to organize classrooms to maximize mathematics learning by using tablets as tools to supplement instruction.

John Schacter | San Jose State University
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Engage and Empower Communities of Practice
A child’s well-being is the fundamental goal of early care and education. Engaging families is a critical part of achieving this goal, but often providers are not well prepared to work effectively with families. High-quality training delivered on-line can meet the diverse needs of providers needing to increase their knowledge, especially when combined with an intentional community of practice.

Nikki Darling-Kuria | ZERO TO THREE
Sonja Crum-Knight | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Using technology for meaningful family engagement
This session includes information on the impact of current family engagement, and how to combine student documentation and communication with families. It includes a hands-on experience with different technological strategies.

Amelia Troutman | MyChild Inc
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Town Square: A Family Child Care Online Community
This session will explore Town Square a new federally funded online resource that supports family child care providers. The site was built in collaboration with providers and was designed to help providers learn, share and thrive. In this session learn about the many components of the site and how it can support family child care providers.

Angela Fowler & Rose Nardi | Erikson Institute
Saturday | 10:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

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