Recently in Training videos Category
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.
The 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.
The 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.
"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.
The 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
The Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to unveil a new video series entitled Investigating.... Each video in the series captures one topic of investigation explored by children and teachers at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center under the Investigations curriculum. The curriculum is centered around engaging projects--called "investigations"--on topics that are selected by children, teachers, and families. As children investigate a topic in learning centers, small collaborative groups, whole group activities, movement and music experiences, outdoor observation, or field trips, they acquire critical competencies identified in the Connecticut State Department of Education Curriculum and Assessment Framework and the standards of national professional organizations.
Each video in the Investigating... series include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in literacy, math, science, art, and other activities through each three- or four-month investigation.
Two videos in the series are now available:
- Investigating...Going Green
A third video will be released this winter.
To view the videos, go to http://www.easternct.edu/cece/investigating_videos.html.
The Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Supporting English Language Learners in the Preschool Classroom, an educational video that discusses the challenges of supporting children with limited English skills. Dr. Ann Anderberg, Assistant Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University, stresses the importance of continuing to support first language development in children, and gives suggestions for assisting these young learners in their acquisition of English. Teacher Elisabeth Martin from the Windham Early Childhood Center describes some of the strategies she uses to support the oral language development of English language learners.
The video is the 8th 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 preschool classrooms at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center. 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 view the video and supplemental materials, go to: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_english_language_learners.html.
The Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers, an educational video that discusses the importance of physical activity for children's development. Dr. Darren Robert, Professor of Health and Physical Education at Eastern Connecticut State University, offers several ways to incorporate physical activity into the preschool daily routine. Two teachers describe their efforts to physically engage preschoolers through yoga, dramatic play, and active book-reading, and to involve parents in encouraging physical activity at home.
The video is the 7th 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 preschool classrooms at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center. 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.