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THE Source of Leadership for Early Childhood Technology Implementation: YOU!

by Fran Simon and Chip Donohue
November/December 2012
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Being a child care administrator today is like being on a winding road full of unexpected twists and turns. Embracing the challenges of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), Common Core Standards, state preschool standards, rising costs, and an increasingly competitive enrollment landscape are just a few of the curves you have to ­navigate every day. The decision to embrace a growing array of technology tools in your program is yet another intriguing bend in the road. Deciding whether to use technology, and the decisions about who, what, when, where, and how to use technology have implications for every teacher, parent, and child in your program.

If you need directions to get started, you can look to large organizations like universities, NAEYC, the Fred Rogers ­Center, and other national and state associations and professional organizations for guidance about how to approach or revise your technology practices. While it is always helpful to research and become familiar with the advice of experts, ultimately you will have to be the primary source of technology leadership, direction, and inspiration in your program. The decisions you make about technology will be ever-evolving in this fast-paced digital age. Policies and procedures will need to be revisited ...

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