Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Roberta Schomburg
Professor and Director, Graduate Studies in Early Childhood
Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Fellow, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, LaTrobe, PA
Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Roberta Schomburg, PhD, is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Early Childhood at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is currently working to establish Carlow University as a satellite for the Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab to help educators, children, and families develop technological fluency through creative exploration of robotic technologies and socially meaningful innovation. As a Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, she co-authored the NAEYC/FRC joint position statement Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Programs that Serve Young Children from Birth through Age 8. She has been a consultant with The Fred Rogers Company for the past thirty years where she worked on the Mister Rogers’ Plan and Play Book, helped design professional development materials for teachers, and is now an advisor for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Preparing early childhood educators for teaching in the digital age creates new expectations for teacher preparation programs and places greater demands on those who teach the teachers. Teacher educators, professional development providers, trainers, and others responsible for pre-service and in-service training, professional development and continuing education, must now become digitally literate themselves in order to prepare future early childhood educators to select, use, integrate and evaluate technology and digital media appropriately and intentionally.
From Chapter 4 Teaching with Technology: Preparing Early Childhood Educators for the Digital Age