Gathering Useful Resources

In my posts, I usually incorporate another source to give more context and hopefully promote further reading about a particular subject.  Gradually, more people have asked me about resources for specific topics and how I manage to identify them.  With so much information about ethnicity, culture, early childhood, technology, media and diverse abilities, it can be stressful just deciding the websites that…

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…

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…

From Children’s Literature to New Technologies: Cultural Relevance in New Media and Digital Tools

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with my colleague Jane Fleming, Ph.D., faculty member at Erikson Institute and founder of Kids Like Us, on issues of traditional and digital media, technology, and diversity.  Jane has conducted research in the area of urban children’s literature and has been actively involved in helping teachers find high quality…