2017 marks the 5 years since the release of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs. TEC Center Director, Chip Donohue, was one of the contributing authors and the TEC Center, and our partners at the Fred Rogers Center, have promoted the key messages, principles, and guidelines from the start.
The TEC Center is calling early childhood educators from schools, home-based daycare centers, libraries museums, and community programs, parents and children’s media developers to share your stories from the field. We are seeking 200-word entries that share stories and case-studies of meaningful and appropriate technology use with young children.
DEADLINE: Monday, March 20, 2017, for consideration to be included in the Young Children publication. Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. CST for all other uses listed below.
- Please include pictures if you have permission to use them.
- We are looking to feature children with adults using lots of different types technology tools not just tablets—digital cameras, desktop computers, robotics, tangible tech in a variety of settings from outside in nature to classrooms to museums to robotics competitions.
- You can download our release forms which we must have on file before we can use any photos or written materials. Email us your signed forms
Plans are underway for TEC Center to feature case studies on our website, in a free downloadable eBook on our website, in a featured article in Young Children and at the NAEYC Annual Conference in Atlanta to celebrate the milestone, reflect on what we know now that we didn’t know then, and connect the position statement to recent guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Education and Zero to Three.
You will be contacted by the TEC Center team if we will be sharing your story! Thank you for sharing your stories and for modeling best practices in using technology tools with young children for other professionals and to help our field move forward.