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It has been some time since I have posted. Once the ISTE conference ended and I returned to Chicago, I was fully focused on my life transition. I left my position at the TEC Center to start doctoral studies at New Mexico State University in Curriculum and Instruction and moved across the country to the…

Do We See Diversity as an Issue?

In my previous post, I posed questions about if it is more important to examine consumption or creation in young children’s media, specifically from the perspective of working with diverse communities.  Readers’ responses have stated that both are important and need to be considered.  Their responses provoked deeper thinking and compelled me to ask a number of questions, one being:…

Media Consumption and Family Culture

Even with an increased amount of technology tools that provide children with opportunities to create media content, research from Common Sense Media and Ofcom reveal that media consumption is common among young children. While devices like tablets and smartphones have interactive components, these tools may also be used to watch shows and videos.  With knowing this…

Nostalgia Meets 21st Century Competency and Skills

In America, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving Day.  This holiday, with origins attributed to the Pilgrims’ relationship with the Wampanoag tribe, older Christian practices and other historical events, is designed to help us – American citizens – recognize and acknowledge all the parts of our lives that we’re “thankful for.”  For many of us, it is a…

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…