Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Amanda Armstrong
Program Coordinator, TEC Center
Amanda Armstrong, M.S., is the Program Coordinator for the TEC Center (Technology in Early Childhood) at Erikson Institute. Previously, Amanda has conducted research for Erikson’s Early Mathematics Education Project designing research methods and analyzing how early math is taught at the community college level as well as examining early math teaching in public schools. She has also taught at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development in the animation course using Scratch and SAM animation and worked with several nonprofit organizations focusing on after school programs. Currently, Amanda is a leadership team member of ISTE’s Professional Learning Network Early Learning Network and member of NAEYC’s Technology and Young Children Interest Forum. She has come to TEC Center with an interest in learning how modern technological devices can assist young children’s learning as well as build foundational skills for their future. As the program coordinator, she utilizing her experiences and knowledge to assist early childhood professionals and parents build their digital literacy to discover ways digital tools can enhance children’s development and build on their everyday experiences.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
As educators build connection to professionals and families, it’s important to remember they are helping young children find their way in the connected world safely and appropriately. Educators understand that early childhood builds foundational skills for children and this includes digital literacy and being a responsible digital citizen. Connected educators have the opportunity to be role models and help young children navigate through digital and online tools and resources to children build digital literacy and become responsible digital citizens.
From Connected Educator – Connected Learner: The Evolving Roles of Teachers in the 21stCentury and Beyond