The following articles and links are listed here to help early childhood educators learn how to find and use technology to support their work.
K-12 and General Technology Sites
- Apps for Education
This list of educational apps includes a section at the end with additional websites and articles about apps use for education.
- Free Technology for Teachers
The site includes "resources, ideas and lesson plans for teaching with technology." Various web-based resources are introduced and educational uses discussed, such as social networking, authoring, tutorials, media creation, and many other types of sites including resources on topics such as science, literacy, history, etc. A free newsletter is available with updates on new resources.
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Apps for (Special) Education
- Education World: Tech Integration
This site provides materials and links to many resources for technology integration and professional development, including links to online courses for teachers.
- The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
This site defines digital storytelling, provides examples of different types of digital stories, and includes suggestions on how to get started, information about software and web-based tools such as blogs, wikis and their uses for storytelling are shared. The links section includes additional information on topics such as where to find copyright free music, and to “Other Digital Storytelling” (DS) sites.
- Electronic Portfolios
Dr. Helen Barrett's website offers links and information on a variety of areas of technology including blogs, wikis, digital storytelling and e-portfolios for children and adults. Her favorite sites offer many examples of electronic portfolios for all ages, including a link on the home page to “Family Involvement in Early Childhood Portfolios.”
- Free Educational Software
This list of free (open source) software showcases several programs that can be used in early education settings, shows what platforms the programs will run on, and provides details when you click on the "View More" button.
- George Lucas Foundation: Technology Integration
Discusses the term "technology Integration" "why" and "how" to do it. Links to videos, blogs and various resources related to tech integration, such as "Ten Top Tips For Teaching with New Media" (2009-2010).
- Kathy Schrock's Technology Sites
The site offers links to a variety of sites that provide resources and training for educators.
- K12 Online Conference
This free online conference is "by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice." Podcasts from past years are archived and available. Links at the top of the page include "Firstimers", to help people get oriented/participate successfully.
- Teach with Technology
This site offers free web-based programs (many also in Spanish) to help teachers create a web page, make a poster, write rubrics, and so on.
- Tech & Learning
This site provides information on using digital technology in the classroom such as using white boards and more. Many articles are available such as "14 Ways K–12 Librarians Can Teach Social Media" which shares information and links on a variety of topics such as Internet searching, social networking tools such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, VoiceThread, and more. The article also raises important issues related to intellectual property, copyright, and fair use in online resources.
Practices in Developing Online Learning
This site provides a manual for the development of online learning..
Articles, websites and information on distance learning are
provided by this clearinghouse.
- E-learning for Educators, NAEYC Young Children 2004
This provides articles, websites and resources including charts and checklists with pertinent information on technology and early childhood professional development.
- Illinois Online Network Teaching Activities Index
Includes teaching strategies and activities for online teaching including examples and websites. This site by the Illinois Online Network also includes extensive tutorials and links.
- iTunes U
ITunes U provides a free download of lectures, discussions, language lessons, etc. from universities, museums and cultural institutions. You can also easily upload your own content for your students.
- NEA's Guide to Teaching Online Courses
The National Education Association provides information on creating quality online courses.
This website is designed for university faculty who are creating
for Effective Online Teaching
article provides a foundation of basic principles on online
Between Interactions and Learning in Online Environments (in
A discussion of the importance of interactive experiences in
This group is dedicated to the improvement of online learning
in educational environments. They offer articles, workshops,
a catalog of online degree programs, and research journals on
- The Teacher Center: Am I Ready for Online Learning
Online readiness assessment, tips and resources for those interested in taking online courses.
- The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
The mission of the Center is "to catalyze and support research, innovation and investment in digital media technologies to advance children's learning." Their publications section contains "papers examining key issues in the field of digital media and learning."
- Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media
The mission of the Fred Rogers Center is to“ advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change.” A variety of resources related to computer and media use are available.
and Resources America Connects Consortium (ACC)
This web page provides useful information such as literature
reviews, reports, guides, tools, and links to technology related
for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
The organization provides information and resources on the use
of computers in the classroom.
Society for Technology in Education
This organization has many resources and publications on using technology in the classroom, including the National Educational Technology Standards for teachers, students and administrators.
- MacArthur Building the Field of Digital Media and Learning
This MacArthur Foundation initiative looks at what is known about how "digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life" and looks to support use of these digital technologies for innovation in education. Deepening understanding of the impact of digital technologies can help educators better meet needs of students now and in the future.
Center for Technology Innovation
Funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, this
center is a catalyst for cutting-edge technology developed by
educational technology professionals for students with disabilities,
their teachers, and their parents.
of Educational Technology
This government site provides links to information on the use
of technology in education.
for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
part of the AACE, this organization focuses on training staff
and teachers in the use of technology in the classroom. The
group has an international research conference every year with
early childhood educators as one of their special interest groups.