Chip Donohue, director of Erikson’s TEC Center, brought together 23 thought leaders in the field of early childhood technology to contribute to a new book to be released this summer.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years, which will be published in August by Routledge and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, offers a thought-provoking guide to the effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology for those in early childhood settings.

Donohue collected 17 chapters from experts who work at the intersection of child development, early learning, and children’s media.

“I hope this book will move the needle on the field’s thinking about using technology with young children,” Donohue says. “All of the authors see technology as a tool for child development and early learning, and are enthusiastic about sharing best practices to guide educators in the digital age.”

Book and companion website offer resources for educators

In the book, pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and strategies for teaching with technology in early childhood settings are based on current research and presented in a practical, straightforward way. A companion website provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning.

“The content is grounded in learning theory and covers a wide range of technologies and educational practices,” says Professor Barbara Bowman. “This book should be required reading for parents, teachers, media developers, and policy makers who are responsible for the next generation’s education.”