“Digital Decisions will open your eyes and expand your awareness of how technology fits into a purposefully planned child-centered classroom.”– Paula Jorde Bloom, Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
“Simon and Nemeth transform the debate between technology as good or bad, rather showing us how to use technology actively and interactively within good active and interactive early childhood programs." –Ellen Galinsky, Author, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Feel confident and competent when it comes to choosing and implementing the most appropriate technology tools for your early childhood classroom!
Whether you are a technology enthusiast looking for new ideas and guidance about developmentally appropriate practices, or you are new to the idea of using technology with young children, this book is for you.
Digital Decisions provides everything you need to make your own technology plan based on your experiences and beliefs, the needs of the children, the context of your curriculum and the resources available to you. This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children.
A reference every childhood program will want to have, Digital Decisions is brimming with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.
Karen Nemeth earned her BA in psychology from William Paterson University and her MEd in learning, cognition, and development from Rutgers University. She has been a teacher and a teacher educator for more than 25 years, focusing her expertise on first and second language development in young children. She is a nationally known speaker and consultant and the author of three Gryphon House books. She is also a NAEYC author and consulting editor.
Currently the Chief Engagement Officer of Engagement Strategies, LLC, her own national marketing, educational technology and publishing consulting company, Fran Simon has been a professional Early Childhood educator and a passionate technologist since 1981. After 15 years as a multi-site child care administrator where she was responsible for all technology integration, she followed her passion to a new career in marketing and Internet development. In her subsequent positions at Teaching Strategies, and The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, she developed web sites and online systems for use in early childhood programs and national organizations. For more than 25 years in the field, technology and social media have always been at the heart of her work in early childhood education.
Fran is a contributing author on technology and social media for Child Care information Exchange, and frequently presents on technology and social media at national conferences and with corporations. She is the founder and producer of Early Childhood Investigations, a free webinar series for early childhood administrators. Fran has a BA and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. She served as a Board Member and Vice President of the Technology and Young Children Interest Forum of NAEYC. She lives in metropolitan Washington, DC.