Erikson Institute’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center offers innovative professional development workshops, webinars, and programs designed to develop early childhood educators as leaders in technology integration in early childhood classrooms.
TEC Center’s professional development services are individually developed to support principals, district leaders, and individual teachers. The goal of the TEC Center professional development workshops are to support educators to more successfully use and incorporate technology into their teaching and practice in an intentional, meaningful, and effective way. We support educators in developing technology resources and lesson plans for technology use with children directly but also support educators and administrators in using technology to communicate, connect, and engage with parents and caregivers.
We bring Erikson’s expertise directly to your staff – in-person, online, or a combination of both – so that your entire staff can participate and develop new skills in the context of their everyday activities.
Workshops, webinars, and programs may focus on the following topics:
- Rethinking Developmentally Appropriate Technology Use in Classrooms
- Evaluating and Using Apps and Tangible Technology with Students
- Digital Citizenship & Technology
- Media Literacy & Technology
- Technology Use and Social Emotional Learning
- Technology to Support Family Education and Involvement
- Technology to Support STEM/STEAM Learning
“Our teachers like that Erikson staff are modeling behaviors they would typically see when using technology in the classroom,” Allen says. “They want the teachers to experience what the students are experiencing. For example, the Erikson staff give our teachers a problem and ask them to solve it by using technology.”
– Theresa Allen, Former Director of Instructional Technology, Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools
“I LOVED the two day training. Thank you to the committee who organized it. Participants were so engaged. I was so pleased to see Approaches to Learning addressed as well as tips for infant/toddler teachers. I appreciated all of the multiple modalities and the chance to participate in break out rooms. It is always so inspiring to hear from grantees about all they are doing to support children and families. Thank you and BRAVO!”
– New England Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Network Team Member
“I was curious about your program when I read about it last summer, and I’m so grateful I applied. Its value increased as the year progressed! I’ve been tinkering with the apps shared as I work on an electronic package for my parents and students. The exposure I received at our TEC group has been invaluable.”
– Anne Prindiville, professional development participant
“All of the knowledge gained this year has helped me as an educator and especially now with e-learning!”
– Melissa Determann, professional development participant
OUR REACH AND IMPACT
During the first two years, Erikson’s program trained 85 educators in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC as part of the TEC Mentors program. Through our professional development program in Chicago, we reached 6,000 preschool through third-grade students across 35 schools.
- New America’s report (2018), Extracting Success in Pre-K Teaching: Approaches to Effective Professional Learning Across Five States
- the White House’s 2016 Computer Science for All and Early STEM Learning initiatives.
HOW WE KNOW IT WORKS
Research on TEC Center’s professional development programs indicates that after professional development, teachers reported:
- increased confidence in their use of available classroom technologies.
- increased knowledge and skills to facilitate exploration using classroom technologies.
- improved ability to facilitate creation using classroom technologies.
- fewer concerns around their own ability to use technology in the classroom in developmentally appropriate ways.