This book is about blending what we know about family engagement with what we know about effective technology-mediated and technology-enhanced approaches that leverage digital technology and new media to strengthen family engagement efforts and improve outcomes for children, parents, and families—and what we are learning about the role of media mentors in connecting the dots.
Family Engagement in the Digital Age
Edited by Chip Donohue
TEC Center’s director, Chip Donohue is excited to release his second book that shares the latest tips and tools for educators on family engagement in the digital age from twenty-five experts. Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors explores how technology can empower and engage parents, caregivers and families, and the emerging role of media mentors who guide young children and their families in the 21st century. This thought-provoking guide to innovative approaches to family engagement includes Spotlight on Engagement case studies, success stories, best practices, helpful hints for media mentors, and “learn more” resources woven into each chapter to connect the dots between child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, family engagement, media mentorship and digital age technology. In addition, the book is driven by a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media.