iKids: Learning and Discovery in a Technological World


Join us for a daylong conference especially for early childhood educators. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.*

Menominee Casino & Resort, Keshena, WI

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9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
Presenter:  Michael Robb, PhD, Director of Education and Research at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media
Early childhood educators are using digital media regularly in their personal lives, but are only beginning to incorporate it into their practice with young children. Many educators harbor fears about media effects on young children and as a result, strive to keep digital media out of the classroom. Recent work by the Fred Rogers Center with the National Association for the Education of Young Children on technology and interactive media emphasizes the importance of digital media literacy in the use of new digital tools, in accordance with principles of developmentally appropriate practices. In this presentation, we will explore reasons to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by digital media technologies, and discuss the case for integrating digital media literacy into standards-based early childhood educational practice.

10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Round Robin Presentations
These three 30-minute presentations will run concurrently and will focus on various aspects of kids and technology.  Attendees will progress through all three sessions, moving to a new session every thirty minutes. 

1A: Introduction to technology
1B: PBS Kids Lab
1C: Limiting Screen Time

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and “Appy Hour”

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
2A: Nibbled to Death by Ducks: Compassion Fatigue
2B: Integrating iPads into PreK Mathematics
2C: WECA Food Program

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
3A: Bringing Books to Life
3B: Taking Classes in your PJs: Tips & tricks for online continuing education

3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Project Learning Tree

*Project Learning Tree workshop will end at 5:15.

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View: TV

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Read: Books

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