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TRACK 5: Early Childhood and ICT4D: Promises and Perils
Program Track Chairs
(Collaboration between the University of South Florida [United States] and Shortwood Teachers College [Kingston, Jamaica]) 
 
Ilene R. Berson, Ph.D., NCSP
Professor of Early Childhood Education
University of South Florida
College of Education
Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies
4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU202
Tampa, FL 33620 – 5650
(813) 974-7698
Fax (813) 974-0938
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Suzette Kelly, M.A.
Doctoral Student, Early Childhood Education
University of South Florida
Instructor, Shortwood Teachers College
Department of Early Childhood Education
77 Shortwood Road
Kingston 8, Jamaica 
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Michael J. Berson, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Science Education
Senior Fellow, The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship
University of South Florida
College of Education
Department of Secondary Education
4202 East Fowler Avenue, EDU105
Tampa, Florida 33620 – 5650
 Phone: (813) 974-7917
Fax: (813) 974-3837
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Synopsis of the importance of the track and a list of possible areas
 
This track will explore the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in efforts to promote global sustainability through education of young children, including infants and toddlers birth to 3 years old, preschoolers 3 to 5 years old, and early elementary children ages 5 to 8. With global attention directed toward the challenges of sustainability, it has become increasingly apparent that the eradication of poverty and illiteracy are critical goals for establishing a worldwide capacity to confront environmental degradation, economic insolvency, and climate changes. Initiatives have been implemented to harness the power of ICT to address socio-economic inequities in developing countries so that individuals who have been most disenfranchised and impoverished may participate in an inclusive discourse. Building on the economic premise of resource productivity (i.e., "doing more with less"), ICT have been framed as a potential means for socio-economic transformation that may simultaneously protect the sustainability of the environment and break the cycle of marginalization, leading to educational and economic prosperity. However, ICT often represents both a progressive and disruptive innovation, and presenters in the track will highlight the juxtaposition of altruistic versus contested perspectives on ICT and global community development, using examples of early learning initiatives in diverse socio-cultural contexts.
 
Possible areas of focus include:
1. Technology Access
2  Capacity-Building for Educators and Communities
3. Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Applications
4. Measuring Outcomes and Impact
5. Safe and Ethical Use
6. Family and Community Engagement
7. Use of Culturally Relevant and Local Resources

For paper format and submission guidelines please refer to the main conference website.

 
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