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Center Releases "Observing Young Children" Video

Kaelah1.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Observing Young Children, an educational video that discusses the importance of careful observation in the early childhood classroom. Dr. Sudha Swaminathan of Eastern Connecticut State University describes different types of observations in the early childhood classroom and how to plan observations to get the most useful results. In addition, four early childhood teachers discuss their use of formal and informal observation strategies to identify the individual strengths and needs of children and to plan instruction.

The video is the fifth in the e-clips series of educational videos for early childhood professionals. Each e-clip features an expert describing how early childhood professionals can use the latest research to enhance children's learning, and includes video footage from Eastern's preschool classrooms. Supplementing each e-clip are suggested readings, additional on-line resources, and discussion questions to support conversations within instructional teams, in staff meetings, or in college-level courses.

To read more about the e-clips project and to view the videos and supplemental materials, go to: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_main.html.

Center Launches Audio Podcast Series

The Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the launch of a new audio podcast series. Early Childhood Insights features interviews with early childhood experts on a variety of topics. According to CECE Program Coordinator Julia DeLapp, "Insights gave us the opportunity to use longer versions of interviews originally recorded for training videos or the e-clips video podcast series. Early childhood professionals interested in more in-depth information on a topic can now listen to a fuller, much more detailed interview. With the click of a mouse, a teacher or parent can hear an inspiring message from an international expert, in his or her own words."

The first three Early Childhood Insights audio podcasts are:

  • Teaching Preschool Children Conflict Resolution Skills (An interview with Dr. Carlota Schechter)
  • Using Technology with Young Children in the Early Childhood Classroom (An interview with Dr. Douglas Clements)
  • Cultural Differences in Children's Play (An interview with Dr. Patricia Ramsey)

Visit the Center's Early Childhood Insights webpage or download the interviews at iTunes U.

Center Wins Prestigious Telly Award

  Copy of telly_newlogosmall.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded a 2010 Telly Award for "Five Predictors of Early Literacy," the first in the e-clips educational video series. The award-winning video provides early childhood professionals with tips for supporting young children's language and early literacy development.

The Telly Awards honor television, video, and film productions and programs, as well as work created for the Internet. Each year, the Telly Awards receive thousands of entries from throughout the United States and abroad. "Five Predictors of Early Literacy" received a bronze award in the category of Online Video: Education.

The Center for Early Childhood Education congratulates the following faculty, staff, and students involved in the development of the video: Dr. Denise Matthews, Producer; Julia DeLapp, Executive Producer; Ken Measimer, Production Coordinator; Dr. Theresa Bouley, Content Expert; Kerin Jaros-Dressler (student), Editor; Jessica Barbieri (student), Production Assistant; Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Host.

The Center also thanks the teachers and children at the Child and Family Development Resource Center for appearing in the video and being interviewed on camera.