Family engagement in the digital age: Early childhood educators as media mentors


Edited by Chip Donohue

Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors explores how technology can empower and engage parents, caregivers and families, and the emerging role of media mentors who guide young children and their families in the 21st century. This thought-provoking guide to innovative approaches to family engagement includes Spotlight on Engagement case studies, success stories, best practices, helpful hints for media mentors, and “learn more” resources woven into each chapter to connect the dots between child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, family engagement, media mentorship and digital age technology. In addition, the book is driven by a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media.

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About the editor

Chip Donohue, Ph.D., is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute, USA.

“At its best, technology is about enhancing human interactions. The authors do an outstanding job of demonstrating the connections between research and the most effective uses of technology with families. Early childhood educators can use the experience, knowledge, and perspectives outlined in this book to advance the field’s conversations about technology.”
–Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children

“Don’t think of this as a ‘book’ in the traditional sense. It’s more of a portal to ideas, case studies, and links that further unpackage the myth that using technology with young children is an either/or scenario. This collection of 25 diverse chapters makes it clear that being a media mentor isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition; rather, it’s a developmental process. There’s something in this book for all of us.”
–Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., Editor of Children’s Technology Review

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Weight 0.46 kg
Dimensions 22.8 × 15.3 × 2 cm







Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

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