Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom K-2

Offered in Vermont 2019

Technology and interactive media are here to stay. Young learners live in this world and they are growing up at ease with digital devices that are rapidly becoming the tools of their culture at home, school, and in their community. As teachers, we are faced with how to effectively integrate technology tools, activities, and strategies into our everyday classroom instruction. This workshop will explore how the tools students have can meet the needs of the learners.  

Day 1:

During Day 1, we will explore the tools we have at our fingertips (iPads, Chromebooks)  and learn how to customize these devices and use features built into the device themselves to support instruction.  We will build a community of learners (us)  using apps and web tools that foster a home/school connection while allowing students to effectively learn, see themselves as learners and ultimately, take ownership for their learning. In particular, we will focus on how technology can support teachers in differentiating: content (what students learn), the process (how students learn), the product (how they demonstrate their learning) and the environment (where and with whom students learn) in their classrooms 

Day 2:

This session will  offer hands-on opportunities for Early Childhood Educators to use their devices to enhance instruction. Technology offers educators a method and solution to individualizing instruction and meeting student needs.  Participants will spend time creating digital activities that they can readily implement in their early childhood classroom and share with their colleagues.

Rosey McQuillan

Rosey is an assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, Rosey has extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands to support learners in gaining access to the curriculum. She works with teachers on techniques to expand learning opportunities for students through Universal Design for Learning.

Rosey has been a facilitator and co-facilitator for several on-line, blended learning and face- to- face courses for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with Lesley University and the TEC Collaborative. She currently is a Program Supervisor for student teachers in the area of Special Education for Lesley University.

Rosey holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College. She also holds an Ed.S. in Assistive and Special Education Technology from Simmons College.

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