Understanding Children and Technology
What you'll learn
- Understand children and their world
- Understand and use technology in a creative way
- Develop new ways to respond to children's needs
- Become better parents or teachers
- There are no prerequisites to this course, just come with an open heart and mind to learn something and be ready to apply this practical knowledge
This course is going to revolutionize the way you relate to children and the way you approach technology in the life of a child. Anyone working with children in any capacity should consider taking this course. Elizabeth Smith and Alin Vrancila join their efforts in this course in order to provide you with the best of the two worlds: human development and technology. Besides getting very practical working knowledge, you get to join the discussion and a community that gathers people from all over the world around this topic. Even more than that, you get direct access to these two professionals. Feel free to sample some of the lectures in this course.
What have others said about the course:
"EXCELLENT COURSE. This course is an incredible course for anyone who has any interaction with children in this day and age of technology. Both Elizabeth and Alin are engaging and compelling teachers who show a genuine interest in their subject matter and the students taking the course. If you are looking for a greater understanding of your child and how all of the technologies around affect them, look no further. I highly recommend taking this interesting and informative course." A.B.
Topics covered in this course:
One Size Does Not Fit All
On being a kid keeping things in Context
Who AM I?
Children's spiritual formation
Cognitive Development Preschool
Language Development of Children
Physical Development in preschool
Psychosocial Development Middle Childhood
Self-Definition and Self-esteem
Adults and children together
Childhood vs Adolescence
Adolescent development and globilization
VARIOUS OTHER TOPICS
Tips for Dads
Tips for Moms
The Brilliance of an Excellent Question
Using Skype to Communicate
Resources plus a Bonus Webinar!
See you all in this course!
Who this course is for:
- First of all, this course is for all the parents out there or people that work with children in any capacity
- Teachers or people involved in any form of education
- All people that deal with children in any way
I am a Business Professional and an Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Intercultural Studies. I teach on campus and online and have been doing that for the past seven years. Former CRM Manager (Customer Relationship Management) and Web Consultant for more than 10 years.
I owned my own Web Development and Consulting Company for 10 years prior to going into the Academic world. I love helping people improve their practice.
I earned my BS in Computer Science and Marketing, my MA in Intercultural Studies from Union University in Mill Valley, California and I am currently working on my PhD in Oxford, UK. My research is focused on Distance Education and Faculty Readiness Assessment.
My teaching philosophy is summarized by Paulo Freire’s statement: "There is in fact no teaching without learning" (Pedagogy of Freedom). I believe that all learners have embedded knowledge and that helps me be humble when interacting with anyone, being a professor only means that you now have the opportunity to learn from more people.
I have 14+ years of experience with digital literacy and web consulting.
I am actively and passionately involved in community development work in South Sudan and I started a few campaigns to help feed people affected by hunger because of the recent civil war in South Sudan.
I am a founding member of the Action Research Network of America, one of the first Action Research professional networks in the United States. I have conducted several research projects in US, Europe, Mexico and Africa on various topics such as: immigration, family, education and the effects of war on society. I have also been a visiting scholar in China, working with a few local Universities.
I am currently involved in a massive research project on Distance and Online education and have been part of large research projects as well as complex web development projects. My tech background and teaching skills complement each other well and have been a great resource for the places and people I have worked with.
I am excited about the opportunity to share the knowledge I acquired these past years with you and to learn from you how to improve what I am doing and the way I share this knowledge with you.
I am an Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, specifically for Children's and Youth Ministry in the Undergraduate School as well as instruct in the Graduate School for the MA in Counseling. I teach on campus and online and have recently received an honorary recognition for a course I created in Applied Human Development.
I am actively and passionately involved in teaching and equipping the next generation of Christian leaders in Children's, Youth and Family Ministry and currently am the program designer and director for the Children's Ministry Major at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. I have been in this position for over 7 years.
I owned my own counseling practice for 5 years in WI and counseled professionally for 13 years prior to going into the Academic world. I love helping people to strengthen and learn new ways of working within their families, with children or with youth.
I have 25+ years of counseling with children, adolescents and families. I have been a college professor for over 10+ years. I have been a Pastor's wife for 26+ years.
I earned my BA in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. During my undergraduate training, I wrote my thesis paper on leadership and participation in student groups. By completing research as an undergrad, I was able to spend more time acquiring and honing my counseling skills in my MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I practiced in WI as an LCPC for 9 years and have been licensed in IL for 14 years. I take Continuing Education Classes on a post-graduate level to uphold the requirements of licensure and because I believe that continuous learning is key to excellent life practice.
My teaching philosophy is built upon the belief that we are better together than alone. As we learn and strive to put theories and ideas into practice, I believe we will challenge one another to become better in our relationships with children and youth and be more effective in our communication and interaction with them. “As iron sharpens iron", I believe we will sharpen one another as we learn together.
I have taught and counseled in a number of short and long term positions in the United States, Canada, Haiti, Turkey, Israel, Republic of Serbia and France. I have had opportunities leading a conference, putting on a seminar, counseling with families or missionaries, teaching a college level class, or working in community outreach.
I am passionate about my Christian faith and my identity in Christ is at the heart of who I am. I desire to lead a life that glorifies God in all I say, do and teach and hopefully will inspire and equip others to lead a God-honoring life as well.
I am excited about the opportunity to teach and encourage those who parent or work with children and youth. I am passionate about understanding how a child's unique design influences how they think, learn, decide and interact physically, socially, cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. I have spent years learning and putting what I have learned into practice and I'm delighted to share all of that with you. I look forward to how you interact with the material and then share your ideas with me.