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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL introdUCtion he brought to our world. Steve Jobs blazed a trail with his innovation in technol- ogy. People began to ask, “What will happen now that he’s gone?” even as the development of new technologies continued to move full-speed ahead. Fortu- nately, the teams at Apple and elsewhere carry enough innovation and brilliance to keep up with the pace. Their strategies and ideas do not cease to amaze us as they move forward, releasing new and innovative technologies that continue to change the ways we live our daily lives and engage children with concepts. Teachers need to know how to use new—and old—technology effectively and appropriately in classrooms. My hope is that this book is your go-to resource for using today’s tech- nology in your classroom. Brian Puerling and Gail Conway of Chicago Metro AEYC discuss the information and opportunities that technology provides children and the need for training and professional development to support educators. ( How to Use this Book This book contains nine chapters, seven of which highlight a particular tech- nology. Chapter 1 discusses challenges teachers face in utilizing new technolo- gies in classrooms. It also provides messages from experts in the field of early childhood education about technology’s role in young children’s experiences. It explores how teachers can thoughtfully map their curriculum over the course of a year. Chapter 1 also identifies the importance of goal setting and how to thoughtfully do so. Chapters 2 through 8 describe the following seven technologies and how they can be used in classrooms: • cameras, chapter 2 • projectors and document cameras, chapter 3 • audio recordings, chapter 4 • videoconferencing and webcams, chapter 5 • publication and presentation tools, chapter 6 • videos, chapter 7 • multi-touch mobile devices, chapter 8 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL xxi