Tech on Deck at NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo

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Tech on Deck

Visit and explore The Tech on Deck Playroom, hosted by a collaboration of national early childhood technology organizations, including Early Childhood Technology Network. It’s free to attend and designed to be a hub for early childhood technology at the conference in Atlanta.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Omni Hotel, Atlanta
Room: International Ballroom F



So what goes on in a technology playground at a NAEYC conference?

  1. Free play 1 pm – 5 pm

  2. Group Time 5:30 pm – 8 pm

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* Collaborating * Sharing ideas and resources * Brainstorming * Connecting *

* Extending learning from sessions * Connecting with colleagues * Connecting to new resources *

* Learning practical implications of the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology *

“Free Play” from 1 PM to 5:30 PM


This unstructured time is offered so you can use it for Tweetups or meetings with your colleagues or to drop by to meet other early educators who are interested in technology. You can chat and share ideas with colleagues and representatives from national organizations that are hosting the event.


Facilitated “Group Time” from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

If organized activities are more your style, join us between 5:30 and 8:00 pm to share and play with apps and websites, explore resources and discuss new initiatives in activities facilitated by tech savvy experts.  Twenty one tables will be set up so you can join topical discussions and guided device play. Technology experts will be available to provide insight, resources, and recommendations as they facilitate the conversations and exploration.

22 Table topics hosted by esteemed table facilitators

1. Apps and pedagogy

Kate Highfield
Carolina Nugent, KinderTown

2. Digital Literacy

Faith Rogow, The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy & Insighters Education

3. Social media

Cate Heroman, Teaching Strategies
Diane Bales, University of Georgia

4. Tech for Dual Language Learners

Karen Nemeth, Early Childhood Technology Network

5. Technology for teacher educators

Chip Donohue, Erikson Institute

6. Embedding Tech into ECE Courses

Lynn Hartle, The Penn State University, Tech and Young Children Interest Forum Facilitator
Ilene Berson, University of South Florida, Tech and Young Children Interest Forum Facilitator

7. ECE App Review

Mark Bailey, Pacific University College of Education

8.  Administration Technology for Directors

Gio Arroyo, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Bill Collins, Child Care Daily App

9. Getting Started with Classroom Tech for Administrators

Fran Simon, Early Childhood Technology Network
Jodie Riek, Oklahoma State University

10. iPads and Apps for Family Literacy

Bonnie Blagojevic, Morningtown Consulting and University of Maine

11. Technology and Parent Engagement

Rita Catalano, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College

12. Online Systems for Parent Communication

Matt Harrell, MemberHub
Chuck Gibbs,  Child Care CRM

13. Evaluating Apps

Jim Gray, YogiPlay

15. Classroom Integration

Brian Puerling, Teaching in the Digital Age & Catherine Cook School
Maggie Powers, The Episcopal Academy, Margaret Powers Consulting

16. Online Technology Resources

Mike Robb, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College
Amanda Armstrong, Erikson Institute

17. Survey Results: Tech in the ECE Classroom

Dale McManis, Hatch Early Learning
Valerie Connell,Waterford Institute

18. Using video cameras & video in the classroom

Luisa Gomez, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
Vivyan Sanchez, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education

19. NAEYC’s website for families and ”NAEYC Ideas”app

Susan Friedman, NAEYC

20. Online Professional Development,

Kim DeMars, Quality Assist

21. eBooks and Books

John Williams, Follett Library Resources

22.  Adult/child Relationships and Technology

Nicole Dreiske, International Children’s Media Center

23. Results and Outcomes from Ready to Learn
  • Pamela Johnson, Ph.D.




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Everyone is welcome, but pitching products is not!

We want The Tech on Deck Networking Playground to be just that- a networking spot where vendors, developers, teachers, administrators, and community leaders gather to talk about and share technology. We’ve had a number of inquiries from organizations that would like to sponsor Tech on Deck. We are thrilled to hear from you, and want to update you about our plans.

Everyone at the conference is invited. We are eager to make this a non-commercial event to level the playing field and take any perceived pressure off all participants and limit competition. For this reason, we are not actively pursuing sponsorships from commercial organizations this year but, you and the members of your team are very welcome to join us as colleagues.  We encourage you to listen, share expertise, ideas and resources so you can build relationships rather than pitch products. You are likely to learn a lot about educators’ needs and build great relationships.

Of course, if participants may inquire about your product, so we recommend you set up a separate meeting at another time at your booth, or another location.

We hope this helps you understand our needs at the event. We hope to see you there!

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