Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Craig Blum

Craig Blum

Craig Blum

Craig Blum
Associate Professor
College of Education, Department of Special Education
Illinois State University


Craig Blum, PhD, is an associate professor of Special Education, Illinois State University. He has co-authored Effective RTI Training and Practices: Helping School District Teams Improve Academic Performance and Social Behavior and Instructional Technology in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Blum publishes in peer-reviewed journals, and presents nationally and internationally on technology integration in early childhood settings. His primary work focuses on practical technology integration models for early childhood educators with readily-available technology in both special and general education settings. Dr. Blum was part of the Making a Difference with Assistive Technology (MDAT) project, a university partnership with an early childhood education center in central Illinois that worked on professional development through “user groups” and meaningful use of a technology tool kit within the curriculum. He is especially interested in universal design for learning, meaningful use of apps and other digital technologies in early childhood settings.


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

The EXPECT IT-PLAN IT-TEACH IT-SOLVE IT technology integration framework holds great potential for the early childhood field given that it connects UDL to elements of planning and teaching technology-supported classroom activities, as well as problem solving for young children with disabilities. Having UDL principles as an underpinning for all decisions made connects technology, classroom pedagogy, and assessment in powerful ways that ultimately results in a more engaging classroom environment that ensures flexible means of participation by all children.

From Chapter 10 Including All Young Children in the Technology-supported Curriculum: A UDL Technology Integration Framework for 21st Century Classrooms