Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Chip Donohue

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Chip Donohue

Chip Donohue
Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education
Director of the TEC Center
Erikson Institute
Senior Fellow, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media


Chip Donohue, PhD,is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute. He is a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8, and is a founding member of the Alliance for Early Learning in a Digital Age. He is a member of the New Zealand eLearning Guidelines Revision Reference Group and a distance learning advisor to New Zealand Tertiary College. In 2012 he received the first Bammy Award and the Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences.


Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning

You’ve taken your first steps toward digital literacy – a journey you’ll share with other early childhood educators, teacher educators, professional development providers and trainers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, parents and media developers who are scrambling to catch up and keep up in the digital age. The adults who work with and on behalf of young children today were not born into the digital age, but the children are growing up in a digital world with new tools that create new opportunities and – if they have digitally literate adult tour guides and media mentors.

From Chapter 3, Technology and Digital Media as Tools for Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age by Chip Donohue

Selected Videos

Trends and Issues in the Professional Preparation and Development for Educators on the Use of Technology in Teaching Young Children. Invited panel presentation, Institutes of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies, Board on Children, Youth and Families. Committee on the Science of Children – Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success, Irvine, CA.

Digital Media and Early Learning: What We Know, What We Still Need to Learn and Why It Matters. Chip Donohue. Dust or Magic 2013. Lambertville, New Jersey. November 2, 2014.

Fred Forward Minute with Chip Donohue & Roberta Schaumberg. 2012 Fred Forward Conference. Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Recent Publications

Donohue, C. (2014, May 19). Digital media literacy for early childhood educators. Fred Rogers Center Blog.

Donohue, C. (2014, April 15). Early leaning in the digital age: What we know and why it matters. The Alliance for Early Childhood Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2014, Winnetka, IL: The Alliance for Early Childhood.

Donohue, C., & Armstrong, A. (2014, February 21). Building healthy media and technology habits starts at home. Screen Break 2014 Guide, Winnetka, IL: The Alliance for Early Childhood.

Donohue, C. (2014, Winter). Early learning in the digital age: What we know and why it matters. Birth through 5 news, Hartford Connecticut: State Department of Education Early Childhood Special Education Program and the Connecticut Birth to Three System.

Donohue, C. (2013). Foreword in Parette, Jr., H.P., C. Blum, & A. C. Quesenberry, Eds. Instructional technology in early childhood classrooms: Helping all children learn. Baltimore, MD: Brooks Publishing Co.

Donohue, C. (2012). Foreword in Simon, F. S, & Nemeth K., Digital decisions: Choosing the right technology tools for early childhood education. Lewisville, NC: Gryphon House.

Donohue, C. (2012, June). Camping with the app makers.Children’s Technology Review, pp. 5-6.

Recent Presentations

Donohue, C. (2014, June). Media manager, mediator and mentor: 3 key roles for educators in the multi-screen, multi-touch digital age. Workshop presentation, NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

Donohue, C. (2014, May). What is the goal for information and communication technology in early childhood education?Invited presentation, Bridging the Digital Divide: A Forum on Using Technology in Early Childhood Education, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Donohue, C. (2014, April). Digital media and early learning: What we know and why it matters to children’s librarians, educators and parents. Keynote presentation, Early Learning Symposium, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, KS.

Donohue, C. (2014, April). Everything I needed to know about tech and young children I learned from Mr. Rogers. Keynote speaker. Connecticut Together We Will Conference, Hartford, CT.

Donohue, C. (2014, March). Young children in the digital-Age: Using new tools to support early literacy and engagement. Keynote speaker. Growing Wisconsin Readers Symposium, Stevens Point, WI.

Donohue, C. (2014, January). Finding the balance between all tech and no tech: Raising healthy young children in the multi-screen, multi-touch digital world. Invited speaker. The Alliance for Early Childhood. Wilmette, IL.

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