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Thursday, June 13 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New Technologies, Digital Play, and Early Childhood: Ecological Perspectives

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New Technologies, Digital Play, and Early Childhood: Ecological Perspectives

Culture, institutions, teachers, and parents are all contributing factors in a series of dynamic, transactional systems that influence children’s experiences with technology (e.g. Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Gee, 2003; Squire, 2011). This panel brings together academic researchers whose work examines young children’s experiences with media and technology within different contexts. Presentations include a discussion about children’s meaning-making and co-creation of culture through their mediated play, an examination of co-playing predictors and parent beliefs about the effects of video games on young children, and an exploration of the factors that influence how iPads are integrated in early childhood classrooms. Following the presentations, a moderator with both academic and industry research experience will lead a discussion regarding the implications of presentation findings and suggestions for the research and development of games for young users.

Sabrina Connell, Meagan Rothschild, Courtney Blackwell, Carla Fisher, Alexis Lauricella, Ellen Wartella

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Sabrina Connell

Graduate Student, Northwestern University
An artist-turned-academic, my research interests broadly center on children, technology, and creative transmedia play. I'm specifically interested in joint media engagement between children and their parents during digital gameplay. I also explore issues related to the maker movement, children's creative media production, and their participation in affinity spaces and DIY-centered social networks. Prior to my current studies at Northwestern, I... Read More →
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Carla Fisher

Founder & President, No Crusts Interactive
Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Ed.D., is a game designer with a data obsession and the founder of No Crusts Interactive. Her work blends progressive educational philosophies, innovative game mechanics, and children’s curricular needs to create engaging interactive entertainment. Under her direction, No Crusts designedWilliamspurrrrg HD (iPad), Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece and Sesame... Read More →
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Meagan Rothschild

Early Education Assessment and Design Specialist, WIDA
Kids, play, learning, media, music, general silliness.

Thursday June 13, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Madison

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