I was honored to be invited to speak at the first TECPlay Conference at the Erikson Institute in Chicago on April 27, 2018. The theme of the conference was the question: “How is children’s play impacted by technology?”

You know you are in for a fun conference when your name badge comes as a DIY kit with no instructions! It was fun for me to see all the different ways participants attempted to solve this simple circuit challenge.

The first speaker was Dr. Lydia Plowman of the University Edinborough, Scotland. She was sharing her research on play and technology.

I love this etymology that Dr. Plowman shared in her opening.

My takeaway from the day is encapsulated in this quote. We have to be present with our children as they are learning with technology. It is, as Mr. Rogers said a tool:

I was grateful to be invited and to learn alongside so many fantastic educators. The Technology in Early Childhood Education Center continues to do amazing work. Thank you to all of the participants and organizers of this event. I hope to have the chance to return.

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