The Future is Now: Preparing Our Youngest Scholars for a Digital World

Early exposure to technology can help children develop digital literacy skills. Around 70% of kindergartners can use educational apps on tablets or smartphones. But it stands to reason that we must help students know how to effectively use these tools so they do not hinder and that they help  But do they know how to use technology effectively? And how much is too much?

Not all technology use is good, and overuse can hold students back. Use should be appropriate, tied to classroom content areas, and guided. With over 70% of US parents concerned about too much screen time for littles, they have a valid concern. And especially with littles, the time should be limited. Debbie Tannenbaum gives us guidance on the practical, balanced use of technology for children in kindergarten through second grade. If you want to know how to start helping little ones learn about technology, this podcast resource is for you to get started.

Debbie Tannenbaum, a veteran teacher and tech coach, has made it her mission to help students develop digital skills even as young as kindergarten. This podcast will explore Debbie’s key strategies for teaching digital literacy skills to our youngest students.
Sponsor: Today's sponsor, EVERFI, has created an incredible set of early literacy lessons called WORD Force. Go to to sign up for these early literacy lessons perfect for K to 2 classrooms everywhere. And check out my review this week on my blog.
Hosts, Guests & Featured People:
Digital Resources Mentioned:
  • EVERFI and WORD Force, amazing reading games for reading literacy
  • Wixie one of Debbie's favorite tech tools for young learners
  • Book Creator - students can write their own ebooks.
  • Flip (formerly Flipgrid)
  • Clever - how students login to their apps
News and Research on This Topic:
Podcast Table of Contents:
    1. Introduction and Episode Overview 00:00:00:00 - 00:00:32:10
    2. Sponsor Mention and Blog Review 00:00:32:12 - 00:00:59:13
      Vicki Davis talks about the episode's sponsor, EVERFI, and mentions her blog review of WORDFORCE.
    3. Debbie Tannenbaum's Journey 00:01:25:09 - 00:01:50:19
      Debbie Tannenbaum shares her teaching journey, frustrations, and how reaching out to a podcast guest on this show helped her make amazing progress with teaching littles.
    4. Importance of Professional Learning Network (PLN) 00:02:11:22 - 00:02:34:20 Debbie Tannenbaum discusses the importance of a PLN and how it has enriched her career.
    5. Focus on Young Learners 00:03:35:13 - 00:03:54:19
      Vicki Davis and Debbie Tannenbaum discuss the focus on young learners and how to help teachers reach them.
    6. Icon Bingo and Visual Learning 00:04:18:09 - 00:04:39:18
      Debbie Tannenbaum talks about using "Icon Bingo" to help young learners understand digital icons.
    7. Tech Tools for Young Learners 00:07:56:05 - 00:08:11:21
      Debbie Tannenbaum mentions her favorite tech tools for young learners, including Wixie and eBook Creator.
    8. Making Learning Stick 00:09:24:00 - 00:10:02:00
      Debbie Tannenbaum gives an elevator pitch on how to make learning stick with technology for four and five-year-olds.
    9. Closing Remarks and Sponsor Mention 00:11:09:08 - 00:11:38:0
      Vicki Davis wraps up the episode, thanking Debbie Tannenbaum and mentioning the sponsor, Everfi, again.
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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