• developmentally appropriate practice: practice that builds on the typical characteristics of development of specific age groups
  • interactive media: media that facilitates active and creative use by young children and encourages social engagement with other children and adults (includes software programs, applications or “apps,” broadcast and streaming media, some children’s television programming, e-books, the Internet, and other forms of content)
  • non-interactive media: media that leads to passive viewing and over-exposure to screen time for young children; is not a substitute for interactive and engaging uses of digital media or for interactions with adults and other children (includes certain television programs, videos, DVDs, and streaming media)

Try It

It’s time to practice what you’ve learned. In this activity, you’ll apply the strategies and techniques you’ve learned to your program’s learning environment. 

Media Watch

Download and print the Media Watch (PDF). Screen the short video Between the Lions “Chicks and Salsa” at http://resourcesforearlylearning.org/educators.

  • How might this video clip be used in conjunction with the learning goals in your learning environment?
  • Would you use this as before or after a hands-on experience?
  • How could you set a clear purpose for viewing?
  • Where would you pause to ask children questions or talk about what you are noticing?
  • How would you help children make a connection between what they have seen and a real-world experience?
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