Erikson Institute

Remote PD Workshop Series With TEC Center

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The Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute is excited to share that we will be continuing our educator professional development offerings with a monthly two-part professional development series. Each month, the topics of the two-part series will change.
The goal of these workshops is to introduce educators to the most up-to-date research and practices regarding developmentally-appropriate use of technology with young children in the context of remote learning. These workshops will explore important ways technology can be used during early childhood to support learning and positive development, as well as highlight key concerns regarding early childhood technology use. These series are developed specifically for educators working with children between the ages of 2 – 8. Scroll down to view upcoming dates and topics.


Part 1: The “S” in STEM: Science Activities for Remote Learning

Monday, October 19th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST*

Participants will explore what STEM education should look like for young children. In this session, participants will learn about the latest data on science education in early childhood. Participants will collaborate and discuss ways to integrate science into other content areas, such as literacy and math. Utilizing best practices for children’s technology use, participants will walk away with ideas for supporting science learning remotely.


Part 2: Media Literacy in Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, October 21st, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST*

Participants will explore the importance of media literacy education in early childhood. In this session, participants will learn the latest data on children’s media use and comprehension in early childhood. Participants will develop an awareness of inequities related to media including media access, engagement, and representation. Attendees will walk away with developmentally appropriate activities and tips that support children’s media literacy skills.


Participants are highly encouraged to register and attend both sessions. Please note, separate registration is required for each workshop. 

  • Price: $75 per session
  • Size: Session will be capped at 30 participants to ensure opportunity for interaction and conversation.
  • Credit: Each attendee will receive a Completion Certificate awarding 2 PD Credit hours per session.
  • *Joining Asynchronously: If you are unable to join at the time of the webinar, please choose the asynchronous option during registration. You will be given the recording of the webinar and instructions for participating in order to receive credit. The asynchronous workshop will be limited in the number of attendees. Spots will be on a first come first serve basis.

Upcoming Months:

*All workshops are tentatively 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST

November PD Series:
Monday, November 16th | Supporting the Needs of All Learners Remotely
Wednesday, November 18th | Using Tech Tools for Language and Literacy

December PD Series:
Monday, December 7th | The “M” in STEM: Spatial Reasoning and Coding
Wednesday, December 9th | Digital Citizenship for Young Learners

January PD Series:
Monday, January 25th | Strengthening Caregiver Engagement and Education
Wednesday, January 27th | Technology & Social Emotional Learning

About TEC Center at Erikson Institute

The Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators, caregivers and parents to use technology appropriately and meaningfully with young children. We conduct research to better understand how children and their families use technology at home, school and in out of school time settings to learn and this along with the work of other experts in the field informs our professional development programs. Our work in professional development was recognized by The White House in 2016 through the Computer Science for All and Advancing Early Learning STEM initiative. In 2018, New America in Washington, DC, featured us as one of five outstanding professional development programs in their Extracting Success in Pre-K Teaching: Approaches to Effective Professional Learning Across Five States. A video with educator testimonials from our professional development programs may be viewed at:


Alexis Lauricella, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Erikson Institute and Director of Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center. Her research focuses on children’s learning from media technology and parents’ and teachers’ attitudes toward and use of media technology with young children. At the TEC Center, Dr. Lauricella’s research studies young children’s learning from technology by examining the impact of STEM media content on children’s direct learning from technology. She is interested in examining the use of technology tools to support parents’ STEM engagement with their children and evaluate technology-based curriculum tools to support preschool teachers’ use of STEM in the classroom. Dr. Lauricella is the former Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development. She has an impressive list of publications including empirical research articles in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Children and Media, Media Psychology, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, New Media and Society, Computers and Education, and Public Health. Dr. Lauricella is also the founder of

Jenna Herdzina, MS, is the Program Manager of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute. Jenna’s work focuses on empowering early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with young children. As Program Manager, Jenna designs, develops, and delivers inclusive and innovative professional development workshop for early childhood educators. She also assists in research processes and report development. Through a focus on the impact media has on the development in early childhood, Jenna has informed the design of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded media literacy national forums, served as a primary writer of our IMLS grant-funded media literacy in early childhood report and framework, as well as designed, developed, and delivered TEC Center’s first Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy workshops. Previously, Jenna was the Early Childhood Education Policy Intern at Latino Policy Forum. She has worked with children and families for over a decade in a variety of settings including early childhood education centers, a crisis nursery, and a hospital. Jenna earned her Master’s in Child Development from Erikson Institute.

Morgan Russo is a research assistant of the TEC Center while getting her Masters in Child Development. Previously she taught in CPS for five years and worked as an instructional coach and Director of Curriculum for Teachers Supporting Teachers, a non-profit focusing on urban teacher retention. She then transitioned to writing content for children’s edtech/media companies like Peekapak, Edit Change Management, and 321 Learning. She is passionate about understanding how children best learn from digital media and technology. The past year she was living in Amsterdam writing a children’s chapter book, The Mediators, about three devices who are on a mission to mediate their families’ media use. Morgan has been working with Dr. Amanda Gummer’s Good Play Guide to help toy companies create developmentally appropriate toys and apps. She is excited to work with the TEC Center team to understand children’s technology use.


Can I join the webinars via phone? 
You may. However, please notify Jenna Herdzina at that you joined via phone, along with the phone number you used.

Will you be sharing a recording of the webinars? 
We will be sending a recording of the webinars to those who register after the event.

Will you be sharing powerpoint slides and handouts?
We will be sharing powerpoint slides and handouts to those who register.

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