Technology. A working definition for your consideration.
Technology Redefined, or Maybe Simply Clarified.
A position statement, by Lisa Murphy
So I wrote this in September of 2010 to broaden the definition of “technology” and to keep the conversation from getting bogged down. I wrote it about the same time as NAEYC starting releasing drafts of their “technology and young children” position statement for commentary. This post will be the first of three technology/naeyc position statement posts.
According to a wikipedia post, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/technology in 1937, the American sociologist Read Bain wrote that "technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them.” Additionally, “Technology can be most broadly defined as the entities, both material and immaterial, created by the application of mental and physical effort in order to achieve some value.”
For the sake of future writings, articles, web discussion and workshop presentations, Ooey Gooey, Inc. has adopted a similar, broader definition of “technology” which includes examples that stretch beyond those specifically related to consumer electronics, such as televisions, computers, radios, etc. By intentionally stretching the boundary of definition, we no longer feel bogged down by semantics which often hinder healthy discussion.
Full disclosure: This book had been sitting on my shelf for too long. I finally read it in 2010 instead of when I got it, which was in 1999 (oops). I plowed through it this past June because I had just purchased Children of 2020 after attending one of Ms. Washington’s talks at the NAEYC PDI (Professional Development Institute) event in Phoenix and I felt I should have some frame of reference before reading her new publication. I loved that she ended her talk by telling the audience that we (as teachers) need to get to work because she didn’t want to have to write Children of 2030. Love it! She’s feisty and direct and an obvious advocate for children.
So what’s the book about?
Direct from her introduction: the book addresses some of the issues involved in making democracy work for the next generation of children, who they (in the book) call the Children of 2010.
Play = Learning How Play Motivates and Enhances Children’s Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
Edited by: Dorothy Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
The editors and contributors to this work read like a virtual who’s who in the field of early childhood educational research. And they are, in actuality, the scientists and researchers who are doing the heavy lifting. They are the ones conducting the studies and writing the follow up reports that support what we are out there trying to put into practice. Instead of defending their work (the duplication of their studies with continued similar results have already “proved” their positions) let us collectively show our gratitude by putting their findings into practice. Additionally, all of you should (I am, once again, shoulding on you) should be familiar with them. If you are not, then you have even more homework! But I digress…
a variation of the famous marshmallow and toothpicks activity. I’m not so sure if I care so much about it being “healthier” but I like the new option! had not thought about using other food items before!
Once upon a time I watched a young girl who had been finger-painting with pudding look up from her paper to see her teacher walking into the room. This teacher had been gone on vacation for two weeks and was returning back to class. The little girl stopped painting and ran with open arms to welcome her back only to be stopped with an abrupt, “Don’t touch me!” as the teacher backed away from her small painty hands.
The following overview of the content has been prepared by Lisa Murphy, Early Childhood Specialist and CEO of Ooey Gooey Inc.
Perhaps the very existence of youth is due in part to the necessity for play
-Karl Groos, 1898
Both the forward and introduction alone make the book worth the purchase.
Play is incredibly important to the development of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as well as creativity and imagination. Play is essential to brain development and the development of certain reasoning abilities. Additionally, a lack of free, spontaneous play can be harmful to a developing child. But you and I know this.
In the forward Tom Norquist hints to a correlation between this generation’s inventions and their inventors’ ability to play freely while they were growing up. He also asks why politicians and educators appear to forget that free, unstructured play has a profound impact on a child’s education, social skills and overall intelligence even directly asking, “Why are we eliminating recess?”
If I had to sum this fantastic book up in a few words it would be that this book will teach you how to CALM DOWN! Many of you probably know the premise, Lenore is the lady who let her son ride the NYC subway… alone. And she seriously caught a ration of sh** on talk shows and in the media for doing it too. Which is too bad. But, she turned her experience into a blog which (a la Julie and Julia) turned into a book. Which was gifted to me by groupie-Kim in Illinois, which I read on a flight last week all in the house that Jack built. Now, in the unlikely chance that she sees this write up, or in the off chance that anyone reading this knows her… please tell her that I want to be her BFF. Or at least have coffee.
UPDATE SINCE I POSTED THIS ON FACEBOOK IN 2010: She read this post on facebook and then called me! shut up! I know! I was so excited!
Part I of her book introduces you to her 14 Free-Range Commandments:
Know when to worry
Turn off the news
Boycott baby knee pads
Don’t think like a lawyer
Ignore the blamers
Lock them out
Listen to your kids
Part II presents the Free-Range Guide To Life, which addresses:
Safe or not? The A-Z review of everything you might be worried about ranging from (some of my favorites) Animals, being eaten by, Death by stroller, Germs, Halloween candy, Lead paint, Licking the batter, Plastic bags, Raw dough, Sun, the and Walking to school.
She wraps up by talking about Strangers With Candy and then concludes by addressing (hinting at The Feminine Mystique) “the Other Problem That Has No Name… and its solution.”
But her piece de resistance is on the back page… a Free-Range Membership Card for you to clip and save for your child and friends.
I’d love for you to buy this and read it. I’d love even better if after buying and reading, we actually started implementing her suggestions. Find friends who are like minded and start hanging out with them. Go deeper than the quotes and sound bites she offers and take some of her “baby step”suggestions and start living a Free-Range life. You and your family will be better off for it. And a helluva lot calmer.
Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the…
if you are new to the party - this magazine www.childcareexchange.com is worth your time and money whether you are a teacher, administrator, family child care provider, whatever! I glean great things from every edition and it is rare I don’t read it cover to cover in one sitting. Usually on a plane. WIth lots of sticky notes and my favorite yellow highlighter!
Here are a couple highlights from the May/June 2012 issue I read on the plane today:
Out the gate I found it exciting that Margie Carter mentioned the Lilian Katz article that I just posted yesterday! http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED433146.pdf about the difference between academic instruction and intellectual development.
And I found it pretty cool that a couple of the topics that came up in our facebook chat the other night were discussed in Janet Gonzales-Mena’s article on page 48. They were "primary caregiver" and "continuity of care." Gonzales-Mena offered this:
these two concepts have been defined by Lally and Mangione to mean babies share a personal caregiver and stay with the same caregiver and group over the time that the children are in the program.
Of course you want to mark your calendar for June 29 because it is INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY!
And the last thing I want to mention from this edition is crib compliance. If you are not familiar with this you NEED to be! By December 28, 2012 child care facilities, child care centers, family child care homes, hotels & motels must use compliant cribs. And providers are required to be able to CONFIRM that the cribs are compliant. Receipts that show you bought the crib after June 28, 2011 (the date the compliance rule went into effect) DO NOT suffice. If you did not keep the certificate of compliance that came with the crib you need to request one from the manufacturer or retailer. For details visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5023.pdf
And although I have my own issue with the new mandated compliance (I’d venture to guess that crib sales were down, but that’s just me) I still want to make sure that that you know where to go for info incase the crib compliance mandate was not on your radar.
Achievement is still possible. But it cannot be experienced without taking some risks. Toss your lowered expectations and set your sights on something spectactular. Don’t start at a walk, start a little too fast. Run some hills. Face the demons that come with a maximum effort. Find that something special in you. Great things are never accomplished by setting small goals.
I read this last week and re-read it this morning. shoot I think I might have even posted the link already!! Even if I did, it is worthy of second post! I think it needs to be required reading for all in #ece and it definitely needs to be in your #binder!
At the NAEYC Professional Development Institute that took place in Phoenix in June 2010, I attended a panel presentation style workshop. The presentation was facilitated by Valora Washington, and the speakers on the panel were Barbara Bowman, Luis Hernandez and Sue Bredekamp; three well known names in the early childhood community.
Both the book and the panel followed a theatre style presentation:
Act I: Vision: Imagining the world for the children of 2020, Hernandez spoke on this.
Act II: Knowledge: Information to guide future practice, Bredekamp spoke here.
Act III: Strategies: Facilitating outcomes for the children of 2020, Bowman presented here.
Act IV: Denouement: Taking personal responsibility for the children of 2020.
The comment: “Johnny NEVER misbehaves/has trouble paying attention/hits other kids/acts out at home. I wonder what you’re doing in the classroom to make that happen.”
The comeback: “That is strange that Johnny has such different behavior in the classroom. Let’s figure out a way to get to the bottom of this. You’re welcome to observe my teaching any time you want. When can I come to your house?”
I read this book before the buzz. I point this out for no reason other than to add to this commentary the fact that I had the opportunity to read it prior to the articles, workshops and “special guest dinners” at which Washington and/or Goffin were speakers. Why do I point this out? I was able to get one reading of it in before there was professional pressure to do so. My first read through was impartial and not influenced by any pressure to “read this!”
That being said, the first read through was in some places a bit difficult as I felt (at times) that the authors were airing our profession’s dirty laundry for all to see. They were giving voice to some of our profession’s biggest not-so-positive issues. And the truth can be hard to swallow.
Notes from a panel of experts event I attended at YALE
Friday October 14, 2010
New Haven, CT.
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