Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Bonnie Blagojevic
Bonnie Blagojevic, MEd, CAS, is an education consultant and adjunct faculty member at The University of Maine. She is a consulting editor for NAEYC, has co-authored articles for Teaching Young Children magazine, and has been an active member of the Technology & Young Children Interest Forum. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2007. She worked with teachers in Maine as part of Early Reading First grants, exploring the use of technology to strengthen early literacy learning. She works with Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand, developing Comienza en Casa | It Starts at Home, a project funded by Maine Migrant Education, that incorporates iPads with traditional early learning activities to provide parents with information and materials to promote their child’s school readiness in the home. Bonnie is on the Advisory Board for the HITN Early Learning Collaborative, and coordinates pilot testing of apps and materials in Maine for this Ready to Learn funded project.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
These are exciting times to be an early childhood educator. As quality digital tools continue to be developed, they can support new opportunities to inspire young learners. As you consider the options for effective classroom technology use, be thoughtful in your planning. Design the use of tools that will support active, hands-on work and use tools and plan activities that are engaging, empowering and collaborative. Plan in advance for scaffolds to support authentic and appropriate learning. And make sure that technology is only one of the many options you consider to support learning. As much as we might be advocates for innovative tools and pedagogies, please remember that children need to color and draw, to run and jump, to play with blocks and balls, and lie on their backs and watch the clouds. They need to be allowed to embrace their childhood and they need teachers to be supportive of a wide range of appropriate developmental experiences. Make sure that your use of technology supports rather than supplants these essential activities. So play and learn along with your students using the full range of classroom materials that are available, and have fun in the process.
From Chapter 12, Innovate, Educate, and Empower: New Opportunities With New Technologies by Mark Bailey and Bonnie Blagojevic
Blagojevic, B., Brumer, H., Chevalier, S., O’Clair, A., Thomes, K. (2012). Touch and grow: Learning and exploring using tablets. Teaching Young Children, 6(1), 18-21.
Blagojevic, B., Chevalier, S., MacIsaac, A., Hitchcock, L., & Frechette, B. (2009). Young children and computers, Storytelling and learning in a digital age. Teaching Young Children 3 (5): 1-5.
Technology and Young Children Interest Forum. 2008. On Our Minds: Meaningful Technology Integration in the Early Learning Environment. Young Children 63(5): 1-3.
Bailey, M., Blagojevic B., Buckleitner, W., & Bales, D. (2013) Showcasing Transformative Technologies: Empowering Learning with Emergent and Innovative Tools. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington D.C.
Bailey, M., Blagojevic B., Buckleitner, W., & Bales, D. (2012) Powerful technologies for purposeful learning: Showcasing emergent technologies that engage young children, inspire learning, and transform teaching. Featured session at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, FL.
- Apple Distinguished Educators
- Early Education, Technology and the Role of NAEYC, NAEYC Blog, Rhian Evans (2014)
- NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
- NAEYC Technology and Young Children
- Technology and Young Children Interest Forum
- Technology and Young Children Interest Forum Diigo Group
- Comienza en Casa/It Starts at Home
- iPads, Books, and Cardboard Boxes: ‘Comienza en Casa’ in Maine, New America EdCentral, Lindsay Tepe