This course, designed specifically for early childhood educators, introduces ways in which teachers and caregivers can use media and technology to support playful learning experiences with young children while learning about science. Explore your beliefs and understandings about technology and interactive media use.
In this course, you will explore your beliefs and understandings about technology and interactive media use, and the ways in which you can use media and technology to support playful learning experiences. By the end of this course, you will:
- Think about your own teaching and respond to questions about the purpose of play and technology, and any connections between the two.
- Describe an activity that provides playful learning choices and leads to wonder and delight for children in your program.
- Consider your beliefs and concerns about media and technology with young children.
- Talk with families about choosing and using developmentally appropriate technology at home and share your experience.
- Recognize the benefits, value, and the role of play in how children learn in early childhood programs and classrooms.
- Review theories of play, including Parten’s Levels of Play and Guided Play.
- Connect guided play as a developmentally appropriate framework for playful learning with technology and media.
- Explore and reflect on your beliefs about technology use with young children.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how technology can enhance learning.
- Identify and evaluate PBS KIDS media resources.
- Demonstrate new knowledge about joining high-quality instruction with high-quality media when planning and implementing science and inquiry activities.
You will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, which can be used for verification with your school administration or state/district PD office for recertification units or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.
Learners who successfully complete PBS TeacherLine courses may be eligible for CEU credits from their state or school district. Learners should check with their district or state professional development office to determine eligibility before enrolling in a PBS TeacherLine course.
PBS TeacherLine provides Learners with:
- The opportunity to print a course certificate of completion which includes course hours of the course.
- A PDF copy of the course syllabus.
PBS TeacherLine does not offer CEUs directly and is not authorized to grant CEU credits. This is typically done by state and district professional development offices.
The Self-Paced Courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 to 4 hours. Learners have a full year of access to their Self-Paced Course content that begins immediately upon enrollment.
The design and structure of the PBS TeacherLine course is based on best practices and research that highlight the importance of content-focused curriculum methods and active learning assignments that provide teachers with opportunities to design, practice and refine teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Learners can explore the course content, watch videos, complete interactive activities, reflect on learning with peers, and take self-assessments. Working at their own pace and according to their individual schedules, learners will have access to the course for 1 year after the purchase date to complete this 4 hour professional learning opportunity.
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Self-Paced Courses are not refundable. Learners cannot withdraw from or drop Self-Paced Courses.
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Our self-paced courses typically require 1.5 to 4 hours of study. Learners will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, activities, and multiple-choice quizzes. All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.