Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Luisa Cotto

Luisa Cotto

Luisa Cotto

Luisa M. Cotto
Manager, Engagement and Communications
United Way of Miami-Dade
3250 SW 3rd Ave. Miami, FL 33129


Luisa M. Cotto is manager of communications and engagement at United Way of Miami-Dade. In her current role, she provides her expertise in education as a trainer and literacy coach. As part of a statewide volunteer reader program, ReadingPals, she developed a curriculum used to read to preschool students. Cotto also creates engagement opportunities for families and the community through various projects throughout Miami-Dade County. At the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, she serves as advisor on the use of technology in the classrooms and has been trainer and literacy coach for two Early Reading First grants, Project LEER at United Way and LASER CAERS in Tampa. I addition, she has also worked on different research groups including iMapbook. Cotto holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and a master’s in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. She has published and presented numerous papers on education and technology. As an advocate for early education and technology for young children, she takes the opportunity to present at local, state, and national conferences on the importance of planning intentional and appropriate lessons for young children.


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

The physical classroom has all the attributes of a community. It’s comprised of a group of people in the same area, sharing some set of common characteristics, be it age, interests, language, etc. Yet those traits alone don’t make a community. Keys to building community within a classroom include cultivating a culture of collaboration and engaging in effective, culturally sensitive communication. Children need to feel secure and see their classroom as their “school family,” and the collaboration between teachers, children, and their families must be transparent in their everyday interactions.

From Chapter 15 Technology Tools for Strengthening Communities

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