Tamara Kaldor, MS, is the Associate Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute and has over twenty years of experience working in early childhood development, media and technology. Her name rhymes with her favorite tech tool, camera. She is a child development expert focused on supporting parents, educators, and leading international organizations to integrate technology to support the social-emotional and learning needs of ALL children and to learn to use their digital voices to be fully included in our society. Tamara does this by finding creative ways to include technology meaningfully to help young children play, relate and learn. This has made her a sought-after speaker and consultant in the area of tech integration, STEM, computational thinking and coding, play and technology, digital media literacy and assistive technology.
Tamara has been invited to deliver professional development programs and keynote addresses throughout Chicago, the U.S. and internationally. She has collaborated with such organizations as UNICEF, UNESCO, International Society for Technology and Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Library Services to Children, and Common Sense Media. Tamara is a contributing author to Technology and Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning. In 2016, her groundbreaking professional development model, TEC Mentors, in STEM and Computer Science for All was highlighted by The White House. In 2018, it was featured in New America’s report, Extracting Success in Pre-K Teaching: Approaches to Effective Professional Learning Across Five States.
Tamara’s work focuses on meaningful and appropriate tech integration in formal and informal settings, play and technology, STEM, computational thinking and early coding, assistive technology to support children with developmental differences in inclusive settings and designing engaging professional development programs. You can follow her wonder and play in early childhood and technology at @chiplaypro.
Miller, J., Paciga, K., Danby, S., Beaudoin Ryan, L., & Kaldor, T. (in press). Beyond swiping and tapping: Challenges and strategies in measuring interactive media use in young children.
Kaldor, T. (2017, February 1). The T in STEM: Creating Play-Based Experiences That Support Children’s Learning of Coding and Higher Order Thinking [NAEYC Blog post] Retrieved from www.naeyc.org/blogs/early-coding-higher-thinking
Select 2017 Presentations
Kaldor, T., Chen J., Solarski L., & Donohue C. (2017, November). T and M in STEM: Connecting the Big Ideas in Math and Technology in Early Childhood. 2017 NAEYC Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Kaldor, T. (2017, July). Planning for Technology in Early Childhood: Creating a developmentally appropriate approach. 2017 National Principals Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
Kaldor, T. (2017, July). Opening Doors: Designing Learning Materials with Families for an Inclusive Community. Jamaican Ministry of Education and Rockhouse Foundation, Negril, Jamaica.
Kaldor, T., Beaudoin, Ryan, L., Edwards, S., Paciga, K. (2017, June). The Digital Play Framework: Connecting Technology, Young Children and Educators Through Play-Based Experiences. Featured Session, 2017 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, San Francisco, CA.
Kaldor, T., Donohue, C., (2017, April). Family Engagement in the Digital Age:Media Mentors and Digital Play Framework. Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center and Smithsonian Learning Lab, Washington, DC.
Kaldor, T., (2017, April). Tinker with Tech: Getting Started with Assistive Technology. Parent Network of Western New York, Canisius College and University of Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology, Cheektowaga, NY.
Kaldor, T. (2017, April). Play and Learning for Life: Exploring tangible technology tools with young children and the Digital Play Framework. International Conference on Life Long Learning, Tsinghua University Life Long Learning Lab and Lego Foundation, Beijing, China.
Kaldor, T. (2017, January) STEM and Tech Integration Lesson Planning in Early Childhood: Planning for Play. Future of Education Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida.