Effective, Appropriate and Intentional Teaching with Technology:

Guidelines for Selecting, Using, Integrating and Evaluating Technology and Media in Early Childhood Programs

Presented by:  Chip Donohue, PhD.  & Roberta Schomburg, PhD.

You don’t want to miss this exciting webinar where Senior Fellows at the Fred Rogers Center, share strategies for using technology and media as valuable tools in early childhood programs! The enthusiastic pair will highlight hot issues surrounding early childhood interaction with technology and will advise educators how they should evaluate and integrate classroom technologies. Maximize the return on your on early educational technology investment by learning from the experts!

RobertaandChip_100In 2012, NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center updated and revised the Joint Position Statement on Technology and Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Chip Donohue (TEC Center at Erikson Institute) and Roberta Schomburg (Carlow University), both Senior Fellows at the Fred Rogers Center, co-chaired the working group and lead the three year revision process to update the 1996 statement. They will identify key issues related to technology and young children, share the principles and recommendations from the Position Statement, and discuss how the statement can provide guidance to early childhood administrators and educators about effective, appropriate and intentional selection, use, integration and evaluation of technology and interactive media tools that can optimize opportunities for young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development.

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. Through carefully selected resources and real-world examples, the Center strengthens educators’ digital literacy and their ability to intentionally select, use, integrate, and evaluate technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. The TEC Center was launched with the support of The Boeing Company. Visit the TEC Center at http://www.teccenter.erikson.edu.


Chip Donohue, PhD.

Dean of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, TEC Center Director, and Senior Fellow, Fred Rogers Center

Chip Donohue, PhD, is the Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and the Director of the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, where he: co-chaired the working group that revised the NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs serving children from Birth through Age 8; is helping to develop the Framework for Quality in Digital Media for Young Children; and serves on the Early Learning Environment (Ele) Advisory Committee.

Since 2000 he has given over 100 speeches and presentations and published more than 50 articles and books on technology and distance learning. In 2012 he was invited to lecture at the Open University of China about effective practices for online teacher education. He is a member of the International Organizing Committee for the World Forum on Care and Education and since 2001 he has partnered with Selena Fox of New Zealand Tertiary College to co-host World Forum eTeaching events in New Zealand, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Canada and Malaysia, and has developed ecelearn, a learning management system for the early childhood profession. In 2012 he received the first Bammy Award and the Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences.

Roberta Schomburg, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor, Carlow University
Senior Fellow, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media

Roberta Schomburg is Associate Dean and Professor of Early Childhood in the School of Education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she has taught for over twenty years. She has been a Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center since 2006 and most recently co-chaired the working group with Chip Donohue for the NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Programs that Serve Young Children from Birth through Age 8. She is an advisor for the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment (ELE), a new web environment for families and early childhood professionals that supports language and early literacy in young children (www.yourele.org). She is currently working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pittsburgh AEYC to operationalize the NAEYC/FRC position statement through digital media literacy professional development activities in Pennsylvania.

Roberta has been a consultant with the Fred Rogers Company (formerly Family Communications, Inc.) for the past thirty years. From 1980-1998 she designed activities for the Mister Rogers’ Plan and Play Book and worked on the project Extending the Neighborhood into Child Care. She is currently an advisor for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a recently launched children’s program on PBS. Roberta is Vice President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a board member of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.