Celebrating 5 Years of the TEC Center and the NAEYC Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Policy Statement

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Happy Anniversary!

2017 marks five years since TEC Center’s director Chip Donohue, PhD, founded the TEC Center following the release of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs! As Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, Chip co-chaired, with Roberta Schomburg of Carlow University, the working group that revised the 1996 Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.

Reflection is critical to innovation. Chip and Roberta share their thoughts on what we have learned and the state of technology in early childhood since 2012 in the September 2017 issue of NAEYC’s Young Children (note: currently members only access). Earlier this year, the TEC Center asked early childhood educators, libraries, museums, home-daycare providers, parents, and children’s media developers to connect how the work of the TEC Center and joint position statement has impacted their practice. We are honored to share these stories and case-studies of appropriate and meaningful technology use with children.

Check out these policy to practice stories and keep checking back as we add more:

•  Student Inquiry: October Butterfly Migration

•  Leadership in the Digital Age: Considering the 3C’s

• The Journalist: Integrating Technology with Meaning for ALL

• Blended Learning and Technology in Preschool

Media Mentors: Selecting and Curating Apps for Young Children

Three Tips for putting the joint position statement into practice in your early childhood setting from Chip Donohue 

TEC Mentors Professional Development Program

Since 2012, the TEC Center team has connected with over 1000,000 educators to put the principles and guidelines from the joint position statement into practice in their work with young children. We focus on bringing the best research and resources on integrating technology in early childhood to early childhood classroom, home daycare, librarian, museum and out-of-school-time educators through our robust websitepublications and speaking engagements across the globe.

Submit your story of tech integration in early childhood to be featured on the TEC Center website!