Technology and Early Childhood Education: A Technology Integration Professional Development Model for Practicing Teachers

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Abstract

Despite the promise of technology in education, many practicing teachers are faced with multiple challenges of effectively integrating technology into their classroom instruction. Additionally, teachers who are successful incorporating educational technology into their instruction recognize that although technology tools have the potential to help children, they are not ends in themselves. This article describes a Summer Institute project that the authors facilitated in a medium sized midwest public university. The summer workshop afforded participating early childhood education teachers exciting opportunities to interact with various instructional tools and technology applications. Further, the practicing teachers explored various strategies to integrate specific technology tools into their lessons in a manner consistent with constructivist pedagogy. This article is intended to stimulate reflections on the need to adopt a suitable technology integration professional development model in early childhood education classrooms to support young learners.

Keywords

Early childhood education Teachers Technology integration Professional development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teaching and LearningUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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