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Guidance on applying the principles of development and learning when considering if, how, and when to use technolgy and new media with young children. 

 

Position Statement: Technology and Interactive Media

Created by NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center, this position statement was created to guide educators in applying the principles of development and learning when considering the use of cutting-edge technologies and new media.

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Creating Coding Stories and Games

New to coding? Coding stories and games offer collaborative and playful ways for children to explore early coding. They also build on many early math and literacy concepts.

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Young Children
Vol. 75, No. 4
September 1, 2020

September 2020

Fostering Content Knowledge: Meaningful Integration in the Primary Grades
The September 2020 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles that showcase the power of integrating science, math, technology, literacy, and social studies to make learning meaningful and content-rich across the primary grades.
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Article
Young Children
September 1, 2020

Screencasts Support Early Learning in Math

Our findings suggest that using screencasting apps can provide more equitable learning opportunities as teachers require all students to justify their mathematical ideas.

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Authored by: Shannon Larsen, Kelly K. McCormick
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Young Children
May 1, 2020

STREAM Education at Work—No, at Play! A Toy-Making Unit

Early achievement in math and science predicts later school success as well or better than early literacy skills do.

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Authored by: Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Kimberly Brenneman, Nell K. Duke, Mary Louise Hemmeter
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Young Children
May 1, 2020

Story Time STEM: Nurturing Children's Joy and Wonder through Shared Reading Experiences

In this article, we share ideas for how to integrate math, science, and literacy during shared reading. These ideas are inspired by our research project Story Time STEM, a collaborative effort by a team of preschool and elementary grade teachers, children

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Authored by: Allison Hintz, Antony T. Smith, Kristin Gray, Erin Gannon, Ashley Wishart
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Article
Young Children
May 1, 2020

Learning Engineering through Block Play: STEM in Preschool

In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been increasingly emphasized for elementary-age children, and this trend should extend into preschool too. Blocks—a fundamental material found in almost all early childhood se

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Authored by: Zachary S. Gold, James Elicker, Barbara A. Beaulieu
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Young Children
May 1, 2020

Transforming Our Community with STEAM

The preschool bucket brigade took place four weeks into an intensive study surrounding the unit Our Community. While this topic is very common in preschools, for these teachers, this community unit was almost all new. This was their first experience with

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Authored by: Lea Ann Christenson, Jenny James
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Young Children
May 1, 2020

Nurturing Wonder: STEM Projects Bring Joy to the Classroom

When intentional teachers ask questions to expand children’s thinking and help them explore related vocabulary and concepts, children’s learning is enriched and their curiosity grows, fueling yet more inquiries.

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Authored by: Lisa Hansel
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2020

DAP with Apps and Other Tech Tools: Making Choices That Make Sense for Preschool

While digital technology should be limited, research suggests that it can add value to children’s investigations and learning, especially when it’s used in ways that increase access to high-quality content and encourage peer interaction.

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Authored by: Jennifer Garrette Lisy, Kathleen A. Paciga, Mary Quest
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2020

Breaking Down STEAM for Young Children

In early childhood, we encourage STEAM teaching to integrate these subject areas within a meaningful context.

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Authored by: Sandra M. Linder, Angela Eckhoff
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2019

9x: Creating a Culturally Responsive STEAM Curriculum

The following tips can support you in creating a culturally responsive STEAM curriculum.

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Authored by: ​Anthony Broughton, Michiko B. McClary
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