It’s Here! ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG) Early Learning and Technology

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During the summer I wrote about an initiative launched by a group of educators and interested others working to found a Special Interest Group (SIG) for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) to focus on the intentional, developmentally appropriate, and powerful use of technologies with early learners.

It is with great pleasure I share that ISTE has just approved the Special Interest Group (SIG) named Early Learning and Technology. The mission is as follows: “SIGELT is an advocate for developmentally appropriate technology use in early learning settings. SIGELT promotes and facilitates the advancement of meaningful technology integration in teaching and learning experiences for young children. SIGELT connects the early learning community with one another to explore and implement developmentally appropriate, high-quality, balanced, and relevant use of technologies with young children in all early learning and educational settings (birth to age eight).”

The Officers are:

–Gail Lovely, Organizer

–Amanda Armstrong, Leadership Team Member

–Matt Gomez, Leadership Team Member

–Janiece Kneppe Walter, Leadership Team Member

–Amanda Marrinan, Leadership Team Member

–Lilla Dale McManis, Leadership Team Member

– Mardelle Sauerborn, Leadership Team Member

– Heidi Echternacht, Communications Team Member

– Margaret Powers, Communications Team Member

The group has great things planned but one of the most important is to spread the word that SIGELT is up and running! The group is now open to accepting ISTE members. A wiki has been formed to share activities and resources and we invite you to visit frequently.

If you are not a member, you may be interested in learning more about ISTE and considering membership as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is a non-profit association of more than 100,000 educators and education leaders worldwide whose goal is advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.

About Dr. Dale McManis