Connecting the dots between research and practice –What do we know and why does it matter?
Chip Donohue, PhD
You’ve had a chance to meet Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine and Hedda Sharapan on previous webinars. (Visit the Continuing Education Page to view the archived webinars). In this upcoming webinar the focus shifts to what we know and what we need to be able to do to connect the dots between research, child development and appropriate practices with technology and digital media. Our guests will be Alexis Lauricella, Associate Director of the Center for Media and Human Development at Northwestern University and Michael Robb, Director of Digital Learning and Research at the Fred Rogers Center, co-authors of the chapter, “Connecting Child Development and Technology: What We Know and What It Means.”
They wrote this, With decades of research and scientific understanding of child development and more than 40 years of science and study of children’s television use, a research literature has been established around the intersections of child development and traditional media technology. However, with the introduction of new technologies devices and applications, questions about developmentally appropriate usage of technology arise frequently, especially when it comes to use with younger children…more research needs to be done on the impact of technology, especially newer technologies, on children’s learning and development, but there are ways in which educators can utilize what is known about more traditional media platforms to make smart media choices regarding new media devices. From Chapter 6, Michael B. Robb & Alexis Lauricella
Their comments are well aligned with these passages from the Joint Position Statement:
Join us for this interactive conversation to learn more about research, child development, early learning and children’s media, and to ask Mike and Alexis your questions about translating research into evidence-based practices for appropriate and intentional technology integration in early childhood programs. If you want to do a little homework before the webinar on September 16th, you can read their author profiles on the TEC Center website and click through the links to their websites, recent publications and presentations and current projects.