Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Karen N. Nemeth
Karen N. Nemeth
Co-founder of Language Castle LLC, Co-founder of Early Childhood Technology Network
Language Castle LLC
126 Cambridge Lane, Newtown, PA 18940
Karen N. Nemeth is an author, consultant and presenter on first and second language development in early childhood education. She is a writer and consulting editor for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and serves as the co-chair of the national Early Childhood Special Interest Group for the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), as steering board member for the International TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Early Education Interest Section, and is on the board of New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/ New Jersey Bilingual Educators (NJTESOL/NJBE). She provides resources for teaching young Dual Language Learners at Language Castle LLC and ideas for using developmentally appropriate technology to support learning at the Early Childhood Technology Network.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Since DLLs make up 25% of the population of young children in the United States, and they are the fastest growing segment of the population, finding new and innovative ways to ensure their academic success is of critical importance to the overall success of our national education system. Careful, intentional, and creative uses of technology can make it possible to elevate the entire field by improving outcomes for this key quarter of the young children served in early childhood education. No matter how sophisticated it may be, technology is still just one of the tools at a teacher’s disposal. It is how a teacher masters and uses these tools that really leads to the success of young DLLs.
From Chapter 9 Technology to Support Dual Language Learners