Little Kids Are Not Stupid: Give Them Content!
Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
What if young children could conduct research before they could read? This session details three criteria to make programs and apps more useful for young children trying to conduct research (project-based learning) without adult help. For developers, this means creating products that have specific kinds of content with a host of features made for sophisticated and tech-savvy pre-readers. For parents, this means having tech that supports children’s agency, develops curiosity and fosters a range of higher level thinking skills. For preK-2 teachers, this means having desperately needed technology for project learning so that even young children can learn about topics they are interested in without so much adult intervention. Currently, most programs & apps with significant content are text-based. Those that are not are primarily reward-oriented games with little content. This session identities 3 key criteria that enables pre-readers to gather significant content on their own.
Jennifer Keys Adair
The University of Texas at Austin
Jennifer Keys Adair is an assistant professor of early childhood education at The University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer’s research focuses on increasing children’s school-based agency through tec...Show the rest
Jennifer Keys Adair is an assistant professor of early childhood education at The University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer’s research focuses on increasing children’s school-based agency through technology, project-based instruction and other 21st century teaching/learning approaches in the early grades. Her work on student agency and its link to development, civic action and early education is generously supported by the Foundation for Child Development and the Spencer Foundation. Jennifer has published in journals such as Teachers College Record and Young Children and has just co-authored the book Children Crossing Borders. Her latest article published in the Harvard Educational Review is about agency and capabilities in the early grades. She has won numerous early early career awards and spoken at conferences and universities around the world. Jennifer is also the mother of three young children and a former preschool teacher.Hide the rest