Publication Date: November 23, 2007
Research shows that attitudes about science, math, and technology start to form during the early schooling years. This pioneering book shows how to successfully use technology in the early childhood classroom. Grounded in a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, the author focuses on robotic manipulatives that allow children to explore complex concepts in a concrete and fun way. At the same time, she examines how this technology engages sensorimotor and socioemotional skills, which are fundamental for the healthy development of young children. This innovative book:
Marina Umaschi Bers is an assistant professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2001. In 2005, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the U.S. government to promising and groundbreaking investigators who are starting their independent careers.
“Blow the dust off the unit blocks. This book gives them new dimension.”
—Dimensions of Early Childhood
“This book beautifully exemplifies constructionist pedagogy and practical applications to the classroom.”
—George E. Forman, University of Massachusetts
“A compelling framework for using new technologies that builds upon the rich tradition of manipulative materials.”
—Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab
“I believe that this is a seminal work….Marina Bers has provided both teachers and researchers with many new vistas onto the domain of early childhood teaching and research.”
—From the Foreword by David Elkind, Tufts University
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