Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Michael Robb
Director of Education and Research
Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
Michael Robb, PhD, is Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. He leads the development, content, and partnerships for the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™, a website that curates high-quality digital resources in early literacy and digital media literacy for families and educators of children birth to age 5. He has published research and analysis on the impact of digital media on young children’s language development, early literacy outcomes, and problem solving in Child Development, Infant and Child Development, and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. Dr. Robb holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Even as research on children and technology catches up, there are things that educators can do in the absence of research evidence. Educators have experience working with young children and expertise in education. Educators must use their professional judgment when evaluating how to select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology and digital media in their programs (NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center, 2012). Decision-making on what will be effective in a classroom will depend on a combination of factors including the developmental level, interests, abilities, linguistic background, and needs of the children in their care. Having a clear educational goal in mind before using an app, website, digital camera, or other digital tool can help educators to use technology appropriately.
From Chapter 6 Connecting Child Development and Technology: What We Know and What It Means by Michael B. Robb and Alexis R. Lauricella
Conversations with Authors Webinar Series: Connecting Child Development and Technology: What We Know and What It Means with Alexis Lauricella and Michael Robb
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Blackwell, C., Lauricella, A., Wartella, E., Robb, M., & Schomburg, R. (2013). Adoption and Use of Technology in Early Education: The interplay of extrinsic barriers and teacher attitudes. Computers and Education, 69, 310-319.
Wartella, E., Blackwell, C., Lauricella, A., & Robb, M. (Summer 2013). Technology in the Lives of Teachers: Survey of Early Childcare Providers. Report for the Fred Rogers Center.
Fred Rogers Center blogs
- PAEYC Digital Media Literacy page
- Checklist for Identifying Exemplary Uses of Technology and Interactive Media for Early Learning, PA Digital Media Literacy Project