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Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3

Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3

Author: Brian Puerling
Product Code: 541181
ISBN: 978-1-60554-118-1
Format: Softbound
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Use technology as an effective teaching tool even with young children

Integrate technology into your classroom and help children develop skills they need as they learn and grow.

Technology is rapidly changing the ways we live our lives and interact with the world. It's also changing how you teach. Technology can enhance your classroom's complete curriculum and assessment and help you create and capture meaningful experiences, support inquiry, and expand your classroom's walls. Teaching in the Digital Age is a comprehensive framework that will help you select and use a variety of technology and interactive media tools in your classroom—including digital cameras, audio recorders, webcams, publication and presentation tools, and multi-touch mobile devices.

Reflecting Technology in Early Childhood Programs, the joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center, Teaching in the Digital Age includes

  • Developmentally appropriate and effective strategies to use technology to facilitate children's learning
  • 28 links to video clips that provide a deeper look at how these practices are used in real classrooms
  • 32 forms to help you plan, reflect on, and evaluate how you use technology to help children learn

200 pages

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by Shirley Rempel
on 9/16/2012
As an Early Childhood Educator I have seen a lot of changes in the way young children are taught over the years. In some ways things have gotten simpler, going back to a play-based philosophy that young children learn best through good ole' play. Yet, in other ways things have gotten more complicated with the introduction of using technology like computers, iPads, Smart Boards, etc in learning environments. As an educator of young children, I know there has to be a fine balance between play and the use of technology. Recently though, I read a book that will change the way educators see technology. Allow me to share my thoughts on Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3.

Throughout the book, you will be introduced to all the various types of tools that can be used to not replace play, but enhance it. Tools like MP3 players, iPods, and more. I am a proud avocate of limiting screen and gaming time, but I definitely see what the author is saying in this book. It was great to see how to use technology in areas like a Book Center or dramatic play without impacting the play that occurs in these areas. 

One of the methods introduced was using Webcams for assessing children's development! What a fantastic way to do this. Not only can you record children during the day without interrupting daily routines, and review them later in the day, its a new way to document and share your findings with parents or other professionals. 

I also absolutely loved the use of QR Codes to access more resources from the author, Brian Puerling and various families, teachers and other professionals. A great addition for those with Smartphones. 

If you are looking for a new resource for your child care center lending library, or a way to teach new methods using todays technology, I highly recommend this book!

I give this book a huge thumbs up!
by Andy Russell
on 6/20/2012
Brian paints an inspirational picture for the future of early childhood learning, seamlessly and playfully blending digital tools into the classroom and helping educators of all experience levels empower their students to create and share ideas.
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Review: September 2012 issue of "California Bookwatch." - September 1, 2012
TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: SMART TOOLS FOR AGE 3 TO GRADE 3 is a pick for any early childhood education collection and offers a fine gathering of developmentally appropriate strategies to use technology in the education process. We're not just talking Internet here: this includes digital cameras, audio recorders, webcams, and more, and offers concrete keys to linking child development with all manner of new technology approaches. A 'must' for any early childhood collection!
Review: The August 2012 issue of Reference & Research Book News - August 1, 2012
Puerling, an education technology director and former preschool teacher, presents technology tools early childhood educators can use with young children from age three to grade three. Following an introductory chapter on challenges teachers face in using new technologies, the role of technology in young children's experiences, and mapping curriculum over the course of a year, each chapter focuses on a specific technology -- photos and images, projectors and document cameras, audio recordings, videoconferencing and webcams, publication and presentation tools, videos, and multi-touch mobile devices -- and how each can be use to support and exhibit learning and assess student knowledge and teacher practice. Strategies are drawn from his and his colleagues' classrooms and include examples and a final chapter on planning and implementation. Quick reference (QR) codes refer readers to video clips about practices, as well as handouts and forms online, which are also available through a URL. Handouts are also in the book. (Annotation ©2012 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Review by: Gayle Mindes, Professor of Education at DePaul University - July 1, 2012
Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 by Brian Puerling is a must-have for every childhood teacher's library. The book models best curriculum and instructional practice and links technology with QR (quick reference) codes to illustrations of practice and conversations about technology. Convenient forms and rich, high-quality photos complete this wonderful source book for teachers seeking ways to use cameras, projectors, audio recordings, video, publication and presentation tools, and multi-touch mobile devices in the classroom. Finally, the book is accessible to the novice and the knowledgeable teacher.
Review: The July 2012 issue of "Library Bookwatch" - July 1, 2012
Technology is changing everything, and it should be embraced. "Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3" is an advisory guide for teachers of early childhood and primary school education to better understand the ways technology can be used to enhance the educational experiences of young people and facilitate learning the fundamentals of language and mathematics. With links to video clips to enhance the lessons within, "Teaching in the Digital Age" is a must for teacher reference collections focusing on technology.
Review by: Renee Wilberg, Kindergarten Teacher - April 9, 2012
Brian earns an A+ for providing educators with the tools and resources needed to transform conventional classrooms into modern spaces brimming with 21st century digital practices. His creative, practical, personal approach makes it easy to update even the most traditional classroom. Teaching in the Digital Age personally motivated me to forge ahead with these new and effective practices. This book is an entertaining and educational journey for any teacher who strives to be a lifelong learner and wants to develop a relationship with his/her students academically, emotionally, and technologically.
Review by: Michael Levine, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Sesame Workshop - April 2, 2012
A terrific, path breaking resource, chock full of practical advice for early educators who are transforming their classrooms for a digital age.
Review by: Chip Donohue, Distance Learning & TEC Center, Erikson Institute - March 1, 2012
As a gifted classroom teacher and technology innovator, Brian preaches what he practices. He’s given educators a rare gift—a book that clearly connects child development and developmentally appropriate practices with new technology and offers an invitation to explore, play, and learn. This is a book to experience, not just to read. It’s full of real classroom stories and photos, practical tips, technology recommendations, and QR codes that link to video clips and resources. Along the way, you’ll be engaged, encouraged, and gently nudged toward intentional, effective, and integrated use of technology in your classroom—and you’ll really enjoy the journey.
Review by: Bonnie Roelle, Office of Early Childhood Programs, Chicago Public Schools - March 1, 2012
This book has something for everyone—from the technophobe to the technocrat. Teachers can start where they feel comfortable and proceed step-by-step through the technology activities. A must-read resource!
Review by: David Kleeman, American Center for Children and Media - March 1, 2012
Every day, teachers consider students’ needs and set learning goals, and then choose the best tools—water or sand, crayons or paints, words or images. Brian Puerling lays out a realistic yet innovative framework for integrating technology among those tools—clear-eyed about not only the when, where, and how, but most importantly the why. I predict well-worn and marked-up copies of Teaching in the Digital Age in early learning centers, elementary classrooms and Ed schools.
Review by: Matt Glover - March 1, 2012
Often our students are more comfortable with technology than we are as adults. In Teaching in the Digital Age, Brian Puerling takes the sometimes daunting idea of using technology in meaningful ways with young children and makes it look not just achievable for teachers, but something all students deserve. Brian skillfully mixes practical advice, thoughtful rationale, authentic classroom scenarios, the voices of experts and colleagues, and his own expertise to provide teachers with a vision for how technology can be used seamlessly in a classroom. Brian builds on children’s natural interest in technology and combines it with effective instructional strategies to give you a vision for what high quality learning can look like. You will learn more than just how to use technology to enhance learning. You will learn how to create engaging, high quality learning environments and learning experiences for all children.
Review by: Barbara Gander, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - March 1, 2012
[When technology is] used in the appropriate ways that Brian describes, we can provide young children with one of the keys to future personal, social, academic, and professional success. I am ready to ‘embrace the uncertainty’ and change the way I teach. The forms that Brian provided are particularly helpful in taking that first step in using technology to enhance learning in an appropriate way.
Review by: Jonathan Harris - March 1, 2012
I know firsthand how Brian Puerling's insightfulness and creativity enhanced my children’s learning and inspired them for future growth. Teaching in the Digital Age provides a roadmap on how to use technology in the classroom for teachers and parents alike, which can lead to a fun, exciting, and personal educational experience for impressionable young minds. This book demonstrates the value of allowing creativity and exploration to exist in both school and home.
Review by: Andy Russell, Launchpad Toys - March 1, 2012
Brian paints an inspirational picture for the future of early childhood learning, seamlessly and playfully blending digital tools into the classroom and helping educators of all experience levels empower their students to create and share ideas.

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