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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL introdUCtion Media Consent Many of the strategies provided in this book direct teachers to take photo- graphs and videos of children. In several cases, these strategies include ways to share the photographs and videos with others. Before you share photographs or videos of children, consult with your administrator to ensure that all neces- sary media consent forms are on file for the children. If consent forms are not on file, ask your administrator to provide one for you to have families sign. Explain to families how you plan to use photographs and videos. Be sure to include how you may use them to share how and what children have learned. The administration should keep signed consent forms on file each year from participating families. ◆ ◆ ◆ I have seen children embrace concepts I never thought possible. I have been impressed by the levels of thinking and speaking that young children are able to reach. I have seen how technology can be the escalator to higher-level teach- ing and learning. I encourage you to read this book with an open mind, a mind that is open to possibilities and new experiences for yourself and the children you teach. No doubt the strategies in this book will push some of you out of your comfort zone. I encourage you to think about teaching in a new way and try something you have never tried before. Ellin Oliver Keene (2008) titled one of the chapters in her book To Understand “To Savor the Struggle.” She speaks about the value in being mystified by uncertainty. In the context of this book, there may be moments when you choose something to try that renders you ner- vous and unsure about what may come of it. It is important to remember that uncertainty is not negative. Embrace the uncertainty and look forward to what you and your students can learn. Like children learning about cause and effect in a water table, you need to explore today’s technology to learn the possibili- ties. Good luck! COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL xxv