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Jumpstart 2018 – An Early Years Symposium

October 6, 2018

TEC Center’s founding director, Chip Donohue, PhD will be a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at Jumpstart 2018 – An Early Years Symposium on Saturday, October 6th.


Workshop 1 | 10:45am-12:15pm
Finding Out Together: Implementing the Project Approach
How can early educators learn to implement the Project Approach? The best way is to try it! Sallee will engage participants in an active, hands-on, mini-project simulation that will take participants through the three phases of a project investigation. Participants will experience first-hand the kind of impact project work can have on children’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Participants will explore an Implementation Checklist that can be used to support vibrant project work.

Chip Donohue will then help educators think about potential opportunities to use technology to support more successful project investigations.
Presented by Dr. Chip Donohue and Professor Sallee Beneke


Workshop 2 | 1:30pm-3:00pm
Putting the T in STEM and Introducing the Project Approach
In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Chip Donohue will explore how educators’ digital media literacy – a positive disposition, knowledge, experience and competencies – and STEM confidence and competence – contribute to developmentally-informed technology integration that supports STEM learning. You will consider how young children need to learn with technology and about technology, and can use tools for inquiry, discovery, communication and collaboration in the other STEM disciplines. Explore current trends and emerging practices in STEM learning and technology integration through hands on play with tangible technology tools and screen-based devices that put the “T” in STEM and provide catalysts for early learning, relationships and whole child development for young children.

Sallee Beneke will integrate the Project Approach into the T in STEM topics and introduce ideas for project topics that engage children’s natural curiosity in the world around them and encourage inquiry learning in science, engineering, technology and math.
Presented by Dr. Chip Donohue and Professor Sallee Beneke


Keynote 2 | 3:30pm-4:30pm
Developmentally-Informed Technology Integration: Guidance for Early Childhood Educators in the Digital Age
Children come into the world exquisitely designed by natural selection to learn about the physical, social, and cultural world around them. In this Keynote – based on cross-cultural research, laboratory studies, and Dr Gray’s own research at alternative educational settings in the United States – discover how children’s instincts to explore, play, and bond with others provide the natural foundation for education. Learn more about the conditions in which these educative instincts seem to operate best and how they can be practically applied in the preschool setting.
Presented by Dr. Chip Donohue


October 6, 2018
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