Chip Donohue, PhD, is Founding Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago, where he served as Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education between 2009-2018. He is also a Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where he and Roberta Schomburg 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. In addition to Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches to be published by Routledge in 2019, Chip is the editor of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2017) and Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2015), co-published by Routledge/NAEYC. He is also co-editor of an upcoming NAEYC publication, The Essentials: Developmentally Appropriate Technology Practice (2019). In 2012 he received the Bammy Award and Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as a children’s media Emerging Pioneer at the KAPi (Kids at Play International) Awards.
Masterclass (Group A)
Digital Storytelling: Using Technology Tools for Documenting, Demonstrating, Sharing and Reflecting
The intersection of digital tools and storytelling has resulted in powerful tools for leaning and teaching in the 21st century classroom. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the many ways new technology tools can be used by children to write stories and create media that can be shared with others. In the early childhood years, technology tools can support exploration, discovery, communicating, telling a story, documenting, sharing, saving, revisiting and reflecting.Elements of effective digital storytelling will be introduced. Participants will have a chance to work individually and in small groups to write a short story that leverages the affordance of a smartphone or tablet and uses a simple app for story creation. Stories can include photos, video, voice, text, art and artifacts and music, and content ideas can come from Google maps, search, YouTube videos and more. Small groups will have the opportunity to share their digital stories with the group. The session will end with a large group discussion of lessons learned, classroom applications and the role of the teacher as a digital storyteller.
Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Myths, Truths and Nudges
Digital tools are part of everyday life for young children, parents, families and educators. Concerns have been raised concerns about the health and well-being of the first generation of children growing up digital. At the same time, consensus has been growing about intentional, appropriate and healthy use of technology and interactive media in the early years. Separate the myths from the truths and learn about big ideas and best practices with technology and digital media for young children. Identify what matters most: relationships, joint-engagement; social emotional learning; early childhood essentials; screen-time; media creation; family engagement; adult media habits; teacher preparation; and media mentors for healthy growth and development in the digital age. Learn how to empower educators and parents to establish a healthy media diet for young children and adults and create a positive media ecology at home and in the classroom that supports digital age “wellness” for children, parents, families and educators.
Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches
Dr. Chip Donohue will share powerful ideas about young children and technology from his new book – a collections of essays about lessons learned, promising practices, innovative approaches and reflections on research and practice from 15 international though leaders in early childhood education, child development, technology and children’s media. Learn about the groundbreaking work these thought leaders have done and continue to do, to help define beneficial screen time and what experiences with interactive media look like and include. Chip will share his reflections on where we’ve been and what we know to amplify the visions of “where to from here” and what we still need to know in 2019 and beyond, as described by leading researchers, teacher educators, developers and practitioners.