Connecting the dots between research and practice – What do we know and why does it matter?

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Alexis Lauricella & Michael Robb

Alexis Lauricella & Michael Robb

Connecting the dots between research and practice –What do we know and why does it matter?

Chip Donohue, PhD

On Wednesday, September 16th, the TEC Center will host the next in our series of webinars focused on the contributing authors, big ideas, themes and best practices from our book,Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (Routledge & NAEYC, 2014).

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:

• Research is needed to better understand how young children use and learn with technology and interactive media and also to better understand any short- and long-term effects.
• Research also is needed to support evidence-based practice for the effective and appropriate uses of technology and interactive media as tools for learning and development in early childhood settings.
• Research-based evidence about what constitutes quality technology and interactive media for young children is needed to guide policy and inform practice, and to ensure that technology and media tools are used in effective, engaging, and appropriate ways in early childhood programs.
                                                                            NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement (2012)

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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.

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