Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chip Donohue from the Early Literacy Symposium Publishes Book

A new book edited by Chip Donohue

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

Edited by Chip Donohue
Routledge – 2015 – 270 pages

Attendees of the Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium will readily recall the passionate keynote offered by Chip Donohue (see "Embrace Engagement: Thoughts on Chip Donohue’s Keynote on Young Children in the Digital Age"). Mr. Donohue has edited a new book co-published by Routledge and NAEYC that furthers discussion points brought to our attention last March. It sounds like a great resource for your library or your system's professional collection!

From the Routledge website, the book is described as follows:

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years offers early childhood teacher educators, professional development providers, and early childhood educators in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education settings a thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years puts educators right at the intersections of child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, early childhood teaching practices, children’s media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. The book is based on current research, promising programs and practices, and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media and the Fred Rogers Center Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media. Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory, developmentally appropriate practice, and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.