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Center Releases "Investigating Containers" Video

Containers FF 1 - Copy.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Investigating Containers, a video featuring activities conducted with toddlers and preschoolers at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The video illustrates how teachers and children engaged in a variety of learning activities while developing an understanding of the properties and uses of containers.
 
Investigating Containers is the fifth video in the Investigating... series. Each video in the series captures one topic of investigation explored through the CFDRC's Investigations curriculum. Videos include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in language and literacy, mathematics, science, creative arts, and other activities through the three- or four-month investigation. The next video in the series (coming later in 2014) will feature an investigation on pathways.

To watch any of the Investigating... videos, go to www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_videos.html.

Center Releases Family Reading Time Videos

Open-ended Spanish sm.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of nine videos designed for English and Spanish-speaking families. Family Reading Time--or La hora de lectura en familia--is a series of videos developed with support from the Windham Area Women and Girls Fund to provide multilingual families with tips for reading with young children. The videos feature women and girls reading to children in English and Spanish using a variety of dialogic reading methods.

Family Reading Time was developed under the Center's Dialogic Reading for Multilingual Families project. The project provided training to multilingual families, including high school students, on the importance of continuing to read to children in their first language. Trainings also included information on dialogic reading strategies for fostering oral language during book reading. Interested families volunteered to be videotaped reading to their children. The videos are available on-line and on local television stations in the Willimantic, CT, area.

To view the videos, visit www.easternct.edu/cece/family_reading_time.html.

Climbing Walls Help Children and College Students Learn and Grow

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The Center for Early Childhood Education and the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC) are pleased to share a special video completed by Eastern students in their Documentary Production class. Ready to Climb highlights two climbing walls recently installed at the CFDRC through the generous support of the ECSU Foundation. The climbing walls serve two important purposes: 1) support children's cognitive, social-emotional, creative, and physical development; and 2) provide critical experiential learning opportunities for Eastern students who hope to work with young children in their careers.

 

View the video at http://www.easternct.edu/cece/ready_to_climb.html

 

 

Center Releases "Investigating Trees" Video

Teal Room Tree Rubbing 230x173.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Investigating Trees, a video featuring activities conducted with toddlers and preschoolers at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The video illustrates how teachers and children engaged in a variety of learning activities while closely studying trees and the animals that live in them.

Investigating Trees is the fourth video in the Investigating... series. Each video in the series captures one topic of investigation explored through the CFDRC's Investigations curriculum. Videos include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in literacy, math, science, art, and other activities through the three- or four-month investigation. The Center won a prestigious Telly Award in the spring for the second video in the series, Investigating Balls.

To watch any of the Investigating... videos, go to www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_videos.html.

Center Staff Appear on Cable TV Show

Center staff recently appeared on Charter 14's "On the Homefront" show to discuss their efforts to support parents in utilizing dialogic reading strategies.  Program Coordinator Julia DeLapp and Continuing Education Associate Dean Carol Williams discuss the Center's grant from the Windham Area Women and Girls Fund, and give strategies that families can use to promote more oral language during book reading.

See the show here: http://ctv14.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=b51dc46580f1cb3f422cbc8c6a65d2a0.  Scroll to the mid-point to see segment 2. 

Center Releases Two New Videos on Early Childhood Math

Girls with tape.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce the release of two new videos related to supporting math learning in early childhood settings.  The videos were developed based on a study conducted by Center faculty and students with the support of the Spencer Foundation.  The study looked at the relationship between children's mathematics achievement and teacher-child interactions during play.  Preschool children were videotaped over the course of the year during free play periods, and their interactions with teachers were coded and analyzed.  These findings were compared with gains that children made in mathematics ability from fall to spring according to a standard measurement tool.  The findings indicate that how teachers interact with and communicate with children while they play has powerful impacts on children's mathematical learning.

 

The Center has produced two videos related to the study:

 

1.     The first video kicks off our new Research Clips video series. The video describes the methodology of the study and outlines the major findings and study implications.  You can view the video at: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/math_play_study_video.html.

 

2.     The second video is part of our e-clips series.  Designed with current and future teachers in mind, the video illustrates how teachers can use math talk to support children's math learning.  (One of the major study findings was around the importance of engaging children in "math talk" throughout the day.)  The video is available at: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_math_talk.html.

 

Center Wins 4th Telly for Inspiring Lessons

Copy of telly_newlogosmall.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded a 2013 Telly Award for Inspiring Lessons: What We Learned from the Community Partners for Early Literacy Project. The 30-minute video describes the lessons learned during a three-year effort to improve the language and early literacy skills of over 500 children in Windham, Connecticut. With support from a U.S. Department of Education Early Reading First grant, the Center for Early Childhood Education provided professional development and literacy coaching to 50 teachers and paraprofessionals and supported families to engage in literacy activities at home. Inspiring Lessons includes interviews with teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, literacy coaches, and faculty experts Dr. Ann Anderberg and Dr. Maureen Ruby about what works in supporting children's 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. Inspiring Lessons received a bronze award in the category of Government Relations. The Center also received a Telly Award this year for Investigating Balls in the category of Internet/Online Video: Education. 

The Center for Early Childhood Education congratulates the following faculty, staff, and students involved in the development of Inspiring Lessons: Dr. Denise Matthews, Producer/Director and Co-Author; Julia DeLapp, Executive Producer and Co-Author; Karl Gray, Editor; William Black, Production Coordinator; Ken Measimer, Finish Editor and Videographer; Sean Leser (Eastern student), Finish Editor; Greg Hartzell, Videographer; Kerin Jaros-Dressler (Eastern student), Videographer; Ross Page (Eastern student), Music Composer; and Nick Napoletano, Animator.

The Center also thanks the teaching staff at the Windham Early Childhood Center and the Child and Family Development Resource Center for appearing in the video, participating in the initiative, and working to support young children's growth and learning. 

To view the video, visit http://www.easternct.edu/cece/inspiring_lessons.html.

Center Releases "Investigating Nature" Video

Worms 230x173.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Investigating Nature, a video featuring activities conducted with toddlers and preschoolers at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The video illustrates how teachers and children engaged in a variety of learning activities while investigating insects, worms, gardening, and other aspects of nature. 

Investigating Nature is the third video in the Investigating... series. Each video in the series captures one topic of investigation explored through the CFDRC's Investigations curriculum. Videos include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in literacy, math, science, art, and other activities through the three- or four-month investigation. The Center recently won a prestigious Telly Award for the second video in the series, Investigating Balls.

To watch any of the Investigating... videos, go to www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_videos.html. 

Center's videos reach over 100,000

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Sometime in February, the Center hit the 100,000 mark--the number of times the Center's videos have been viewed by individuals visiting the center's website, YouTube, or iTunes U pages.

"It's very rewarding to know that others in the field are finding our videos useful enough to want to share," said Julia DeLapp, CECE Program Coordinator.  "Every week I hear from more people who want to be notified when new videos are released," including teachers from as far away as Saudi Arabia. Education agencies in other states and Canadian provinces have requested permission to link to videos.

Teachers watch the videos to get ideas to incorporate in their own classrooms. In addition, faculty and trainers across the country use them in their classes, including Eastern's Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. "They are so much more engaging and visual than a lecture could ever be and are just the right length to get a good discussion going or to introduce a new topic," said Trawick-Smith. "They are artistic, but never glitzy or cute, and treat the children and teachers who appear in them with such respect."

The Center has developed more than 30 videos and audio podcasts over the past 5 years. Videos feature footage from preschool and toddler classrooms in Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center, as well as expert interviews from teachers and faculty. 

"We are so fortunate to have such a high-quality early childhood center here on campus that exemplifies everything we would want to show in a video, as well as the expertise of so many faculty," said DeLapp. "And we benefit tremendously from our relationships with the Communication and Media Services departments." 

Communication professor Denise Matthews serves as the Center's production consultant, and the Center utilizes a number of Communication students each year to help produce videos. "Our students have the opportunity to do professional-level production work," said Ken Measimer, the Center's production specialist. "They leave Eastern with a very strong portfolio." 

The Center started tracking video hits in January of 2012, so the 100,000 number does not include views prior to 2012.

Videos are available free of charge at www.easternct.edu/cece/resources.html, www.youtube.com/EarlyChildhoodVideos, or at iTunes U.


Center Wins Third Telly Award

 

Copy of telly_newlogosmall.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded a 2013 Telly Award for "Investigating Balls," a video that explores how teachers at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center engaged preschoolers in different learning activities while investigating the properties of balls.  The video is part of the new Investigating series of videos from the CECE, which highlight how teachers implement engaging projects--called "investigations"--on a variety of topics.

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. "Investigating Balls" received a bronze award in the category of Internet/Online Video: Education. The Center also received a Telly Award in 2011 for "The Importance of Play" and in 2010 for "Five Predictors of Early Literacy." 

The Center for Early Childhood Education congratulates the following staff and students involved in the development of the video: Ken Measimer, Director; Julia DeLapp, Producer and Author; Sean Leser (Eastern student), Videographer and Editor; Ross Page (Eastern student), Music Composer; and Nick Napoletano, Animator.

The Center also thanks the teachers and children at the Child and Family Development Resource Center for appearing in the video and doing the wonderful work that inspired the video.

To view the video, visit http://www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_balls.html