Where Have I Been?!

It’s been almost two years since my last post. You may be asking where did I go and why did I decide to stop posting. It’s not that I didn’t want to post. It was just that the overwhelmingness of moving to another part of the country, starting a Ph.D. program, and figuring out my…

Discussions about Diversity at #ISTE2015

Last week, I attended the 2015 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Annual Conference and led several events, including a workshop on diversity and technology in early childhood settings. The focus of this workshop was to help attendees make thoughtful choices about integrating technology to honor and empower diversity within their classroom or program.…

We Need Media Literacy Too

This week Education Week published the  article “Where Do Biases Start? A Challenge to Educators” composed by Darius D. Prier, Ph.D., that focused on biases educators may have towards African American young men due to media’s representation of them. In order to address this issue, one recommendation Dr. Prier suggests for teacher educators programs is to include media literacy in…

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…

A Reflection on Media’s Impact on Early Childhood Parents and Professionals

As an educator, aunt, elder cousin, and caring adult, I cannot ignore the substantial amount of negative news stories and media stereotypes  about people of color, individuals from other countries, those of varying abilities, and persons of different orientations or the lack of representation of diverse groups.  This is an issue that stems from historical and social factors that are…