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LIVING AND LEARNING WITH MOBILE DEVICES

Mobile learning is a hot topic right now, with great expectations from advocates that mobile devices could transform education, engage students and personalize learning.

children learning mobile devices, kids learning mobile devices,The reality is a more nuanced—and less homogenous—story. How parents perceive the value of mobile devices, how they see their children actually using family-owned mobiles for productive (and not so productive) purposes, and what parents think of the possibilities, is a tale of both abundant potential and missed opportunities for mobile learning. And parent perceptions matter. Their support and influence can smooth the way for educational technology in schools and help overcome the limitations of school coffers, without which digital initiatives can stall.

Living and Learning with Mobile Devices, a report by Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, highlights the perceptions of parents of a mobile generation, from preschoolers through high school-age students. The findings are visualized below.

Given schools’ increasing interest in engaging students with mobile learning—during and beyond the school day—and in “bring your own device” (BYOD) models, parents more than ever could be key partners in contributing to this new frontier in learning.

Step By Step Learning® works with School Districts to implement a comprehensive evidence-based approach to literacy that includes assessment, effective classroom instruction techniques, small group intervention kits, teacher effectiveness, collaborative problem-solving and research-supported intervention models to ensure all students succeed in reading.  Through a professional development model that includes ongoing coaching and mentoring support, Step By Step Learning® crafts a unique implementation strategy for each local district that delivers results.

Teach Me To Learn at Home™ is an internet delivered program designed to help parents, care-givers, guardians and grandparents offer a literacy rich environment in their home and to be a child’s FIRST TEACHER. We take the best-of-the-best research and evidence in all areas of literacy to create a personalized learning path for parents and guardians of children aged 2-5. Learning in the home comes to life with “Teach Me To Learn at Home™.” You will have access to demonstrations, video clips, expert opinion and dialogue with other parents and researchers all in one easy click. It gives parents and guardians an experience to learn how to teach the best literacy practices to their own children right from home. All for less than a package of diapers!

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Why Early Intervention is so important for a young child

While all children grow and develop in unique ways, more children  than you think experience delays in their development. Children with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from a collaboration among parents, service practitioners and others who work with young children needing special services. The Early Intervention program provides support and services to families with children, from birth to age five. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.

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Early Intervention:

•               Supports services and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning provided in settings where a child would be if he/she did not have a developmental delay and disability.

•               Provides families’ independence and competencies.

•               Respects families’ strengths, values and diversity.

 

Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children in one or more of the following areas:

•               Physical development, including vision and hearing

•               Cognitive development

•               Communication development

•               Social or emotional development

•               Adaptive development

 

Teach Me To Learn at Home™ is an internet delivered program designed to help parents, care-givers, guardians and grandparents offer a literacy rich environment in their home and to be a child’s FIRST TEACHER. We take the best-of-the-best research and evidence in all areas of literacy to create a personalized learning path for parents and guardians of children aged 2-5. Learning in the home comes to life with “Teach Me To Learn at Home™.” You will have access to demonstrations, video clips, expert opinion and dialogue with other parents and researchers all in one easy click. It gives parents and guardians an experience to learn how to teach the best literacy practices to their own children right from home.

 

Teach Me To Learn at Home™ is also a wise and affordable use of Title I Parent Engagement, Century 21 and Striving Reader (KTO) funds. The benefits of investing in preschoolers’ literacy cannot possibly be overstated, especially when considered over an entire academic career and beyond. This is true both for students who benefit immeasurably, and districts which can realize serious cost savings as a result of children entering school better prepared academically.

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It is so important to start a child’s education in the home!

Children are born with an incredible capacity and desire to learn. Teachers of very young children have the awesome task of providing rich information and experiences that build skills and understanding in the context of every day routines and within intentionally-designed play opportunities that capture children’s interests, wonder and curiosity so they want to know more.

Children discover and understand science, social studies, and math information when they actively explore materials and ideas that are guided by teachers who intentionally design activities that engage children in critical thinking and processing. Children also learn about their own abilities and learning styles, how to get along with others and how to appreciate others’ contributions in classrooms that include a diverse set of materials and experiences.

Mother Reading to Son, Child's first teacher, mother son readingSchool environments should be linked to a child’s home environment, incorporating cultural and ethnic materials and children’s home language and provide experiences that are inclusive for all children, regardless of ability, socio- economic status, or family background. Well-designed classrooms demonstrate a commitment to the whole child by offering materials and activities that promote social, physical, cognitive and language learning.

Classroom assessment instruments that help providers assess the arrangement of indoor and outdoor space, the provision of materials and activities, and their development of class schedules are useful in assuring best practice implementation and alignment to Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for early childhood.

Parents of young children have much to offer in the learning process. When a partnership is formed between teacher (or school) and the family, the connection between home and school has been strengthened, assuring that children receive consistent messages about learning and skill development. Parents should be given opportunities to learn about their children’s day at school, to provide input into the information they want children to learn and master, and to understand what they can do at home to enhance the school experience. Frequent informal conversations, invitations to participate in class- room life and voluntary take-home activities that relate to school experiences help to build the partnership.

At-home resources for parents of children aged 2-5, such as, Teach Me To Learn at Home™ provides both teachers and families with tools to connect at home and share age appropriate expectations and activities that support that connection. Get started with a FREE trial today: http://teachmetolearnathome.com/get-started/

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