Creation or Consumption: What is essential?

Often in children’s interactive media and technology, educators and parents discuss the ways that these tools are used for creation and consumption.  These two categories allow people to recognize that children are both designers and creators who are using media and tech as tools and that children utilize preset content on an app, website, or game.  Both of…

#WeNeedDiverseApps

If you’re interested in diversity in children’s media either as a parent or early childhood professional, then you may be aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.  The mission of this campaign is “to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” and it is “committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately…

Opportunities for Cultural Learning Using Tech

For children, global citizenship entails a combination of understanding who they are in the context of the globe as well as the backgrounds and perspectives of others from around the world.  This means that early childhood professionals and parents need to provide a balance between cultural relevant materials and those that expose children to different cultures and…

Being Connected Professionals and Parents

Last week Routledge and NAEYC co-released Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning edited by Chip Donohue.  This book includes 17 chapters from 23 experts and “provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, link to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills, and experience for early childhood…

We Give New Media and Technologies Value

My exploration of children’s literature, new media and technologies continues to uncover similarities and best practices early childhood professionals and parents can apply to their work or interactions with young children.  Recently, I reread an article by Katrina Willard Hall, Ph.D. published in Young Children.  In her article “Reflecting on Our Read-Aloud Practices: The Importance of Including Culturally Authentic Literature”, she states…