Erikson TEC Center: Technology in Early Childhood

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to thoughtfully and appropriately use technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. Learn more

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About the TEC Center

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. Through carefully selected resources and real-world examples, the Center strengthens educators’ digital literacy and their ability to intentionally select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. The TEC Center was launched with the support of The Boeing Company.

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The Alliance for Early Learning in a Digital Age includes the TEC Center, the Fred Rogers Center, PBS, Sesame Workshop, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and the Ounce of Prevention Fund

Technology in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8

Issued jointly by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media

This position statement provides a framework to guide practice in the selection, use, integration, and evaluation of technology tools and screen media in early childhood settings serving children birth through age eight.

Learn more on the NAEYC website 

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TEC Center Director Chip Donohue co-chaired the writing team and working group that developed the position statement.




















































































TEC Center Events

Join us for TEC Center presentations at these conferences:

TEC Conversations


Using Technology Appropriately with Children in Hospitals: A TEC Conversation with Chelsea Cress and Kathleen O’Sullivan,
May 28
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Chelsea Cress and Kathleen O’Sullivan
Intentional Technology for Early Learners in Schools: A TEC Conversation with Jennifer Magiera, Tricia Fuglestad, and Erin Stanfill,
April 6
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Jennifer Magiera, Tricia Fuglestad, and Erin Stanfill
Child Development Theory and App Design: A TEC Conversation with Frances Judd, February 26
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Frances Judd


2013 Early Childhood Investigations Webinar Series
Sponsored by the TEC Center

ECE Tech Trends in 2013 and New Directions for 2014: A TEC Conversation with Warren Buckleitner, November 13
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Warren Buckleitner & Chip Donohue
Using Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Early Learners to Evaluate Apps, October 16
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Gail Lovely
Digital & Media Literacy – Practical Pedagogy Behind Successful Technology Integration in ECE, April 17
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Faith Rogow
Effective, Appropriate, & Intentional Use of Technology Tools in ECE Classrooms, February 20
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Mark Bailey and Aja Appel
2012 Early Childhood Investigations Webinar Series - available at Early Childhood Investigations

TEC Center conference presentations
Fred Rogers Center, Common Sense Media and TEC Center, Head Start and Early Head Start workshops in Pennsylvania, June 28 and July 2, PA,

American Library Association, June 29

Tennessee Early Childhood Summit, July 15-16

Illinois Resource Center webinar and workshop, July 25-26

NAEYC Annual Conference, November

Recent presentations and resources
Building A to Zoo for Apps: Time-tested librarian skills meet cutting edge technology for kids.
Cen Campbell, Allison Tran, Lisa Guernsey, Carisa Kluver, Trista Kunkel, Sarah Houghton, Chip Donohue
American Library Association
Chicago, Illinois
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology "DAP Style": What Teacher Educators and Professional Development Providers Need to Know
Chip Donohue & Karen Nemeth
NAEYC Professional Development Institute
San Francisco, California
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Infants, Toddlers and iPads, Oh My!
Amanda Armstrong & Chip Donohue,
Chicago Metro AEYC, Head to Toes Infant Toddler Conference
Chicago, Illinois
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Developing Digital Literacy through Hands-On Exploration
Amanda Armstrong
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, Leadership Connections
Wheeling, Illinois
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Young Children & Media: Libraries in the Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Digital World
Chip Donohue
ALA, Association for Library Services to Children, Early Childhood Services and Program Committee
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Technology for the Early Years: Leadership Obstacles and Opportunities in the Digital Age
Technology Leadership in ECE: Is There An App for That?
Tools for Leading, Managing, Teaching and Learning: Tips for Selecting Technology and Enhancing Digital Literacy
Chip Donohue
JCCEO Center of Excellence, Leadership Academy
Birmingham, Alabama
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Technology in the Early Years: Digital Opportunities for Teachers, Children and Parents
Chip Donohue & Amanda Armstrong
DuPage Children’s Museum
Naperville, Illinois
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MythBusters: How Multi-Touch and App Design Debunk Tech Concerns in ECE
Chip Donohue & Warren Buckleitner
Early Education and Technology for Children Conference (EETC)
Salt Lake City, Utah
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What Educators Need to Know To Implement Technology Learning in Early Childhood Education
Chip Donohue, Amanda Armstrong & Karen Nemeth
Early Education and Technology for Children Conference (EETC)
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Technology and the Young Child: Implementing the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement
Chip Donohue
Association for the Education of Young Children, Southeast Alaska
Webinar and Virtual Presentation
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Pedagogical Considerations and Effective Practices for Online Teaching
Chip Donohue
Open University of China, Beijing, China
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Tech on Deck Playroom, NAEYC Annual Conference
Hosted by the TEC Center with NAEYC, the NAEYC Technology and Young Children Interest Forum, Early Childhood Technology Network, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Atlanta, GA
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Key Messages
Intentional and Appropriate Teaching with Technology
Roberta Schomberg, Chip Donohue, Carli McKenney, Sue Polojac,
NAEYC Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
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Technology in ECE: For Teacher Educators and Teachers of Young Children
Chip Donohue,
NAECTE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
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All Hands-On Tech!
Technology Conference for Child Care Professionals
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and TEC Center at Erikson Institute
   Technology Leadership in ECE
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   Intentional and Appropriate Teaching
   with Technology
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   Learning Tech through Play
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Bammy National Award Ceremony, Innovator of the Year Recipient
Chip Donohue
Fred Forward Conference, Latrobe, PA
Fred Forward Moment
Chip Donohue & Roberta Schomburg
Senior Fellows, Fred Rogers Center
"Fred Forward Minute" Interview
NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Indianapolis, IN
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Dust or Magic App Camp 2012, Pacific Grove, CA