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Check Out These Early Childhood Coding Webinars To Support Your Teaching and Learning Efforts

#LearnFromHome with Early Childhood Technology Webinar Series

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools around the country and world have postponed, suspended, or gone fully online to allow students to remain safely in their homes. As such, families and educators of young children have been working hard to continue children’s learning outside of school. 

In an effort to share the knowledge of the community around early childhood technology, the Tufts Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Graduate Certificate Program Manager Angie Kalthoff put together a series of webinars featuring guest speakers affiliated with ECT. The ECT program is a one-year blended (online and in-person) program for educators and practitioners working with young children. All of the ECT webinar resources, including recordings and PDF copies of the slide decks, are available at bit.ly/learnwithect For more information about the ECT program, visit go.tufts.edu/ect

ScratchJr - ScratchJr is a free introductory programming app for children ages 5+, in which children can design and animate characters using drag-and-drop programming blocks. In this webinar, guest speakers included: Dr. Amanda Sullivan, Susan Weiss, and Charlene Tackvic.

Key Takeaway: ScratchJr is a great free software to create stories with your children. Children and adults can learn together by co-using the app and exploring the features that it offers. Guest speakers shared research around ScratchJr, resources to learn more, and activities using ScratchJr.

ABC’s of STEAM - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Dr. Amanda Sullivan and Dr. Amanda Strawhacker.

Key Takeaway: STEAM learning opportunities are everywhere and you can bring them into your home. Our guest speakers shared STEAM activities for young learners that can be done at home or in school both with technology and without technology. 

KIBO at Home - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Susan Weiss, Katie Caster, and Jason Innes.

Key Takeaway: KIBO can help students learn about robotics at a young age without using screens. Our guest speakers shared research around early childhood robotics, examples on how to use KIBO in both home and school settings, and interdisciplinary lessons to help you get started. 

How to Talk to Your Kids Without Giving Them the Answer - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Amy Berens and Madhu Govind.

Key Takeaway: Adults can act as coaches or facilitators of learning for children. There are different ways in which you can pose questions to children and act as a learning partner in their discovery process. Our guest speakers shared examples of how to speak with children, activities you can engage in together, and how to support learning experiences. 

Unplugged - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Margaret Eberhardt and Emily Relkin.

Key Takeaway: Learning can happen without the use of a screen. Unplugged activities support children in being creators and problem solvers, which, in turn, may help children create while using technology. You can do activities in your home, school, and learning environments that build these different types of skills using common household items. 

Makerspaces - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Dr. Amanda Strawhacker, Amy Berens, and Dr. Lynn Cohen.

Key Takeaway: Encourage kids to make using common household items. When thinking about the area of your space you would like to make in, there are a few guiding principles that can help you create a fun and safe space for making. Our guest speakers shared tips for setting up your space, materials to use, and example activities to get started. 

ECT Roundtable - In this webinar, guest speakers included: Madhu Govind, Jason Innes, Dr. Amanda Strawhacker, Charlene Tackvic, and Dr. Lynn Cohen.

Key Takeaway: This webinar covered a variety of topics, some of which had been addressed in prior webinars and some new topics that arose while planning the series. Each speaker spoke to topics of their interest and shared resources, examples, and activities. Topics include: unplugged activities, robotics for early childhood, software for creating in early childhood, makerspaces, and revisited childhood memories and their impact on learning today. 

If you are inspired to learn more about the information shared in these posts, the Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Graduate Certificate program at Tufts University is accepting applications through August 1st, 2020 for a start date of September 2020.  Reach out on Twitter to @TuftsECT with any questions or start your application at go.tufts.edu/ect. 

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