Category: Educator Professional Development

Articles and resources to support educators professional growth and development

How to choose the right digital documentation platform for your early learning service

How to choose the right digital documentation platform for your early learning service “D” is for diligence. Early childhood educators are required to provide rich, meaningful information about learning and development to families, to the community and to each other,...

/ October 8, 2019

You do not fit the child into the theory

The word theory has its roots in ancient Greek, basically meaning a view, a notion or contemplation.  In the domain of early childhood education, theories are the overarching ideas that influence our pedagogical practices, and each theory or theorist has...

/ September 12, 2019

Will implementing a digital documentation solution result in more parent engagement?

A new research study completed by Dr. M.E. Picher on the use of a digital documentation technology (called Storypark) in Ontario’s kindergarten program shows that this technology had a positive impact on parents’ engagement in their children’s learning. The study,...

/ September 11, 2019

Are you considering a digital documentation solution but worried it will be too much extra work? See the research that proves otherwise.

Findings from a new research study on the use of a digital documentation technology (called Storypark) in full-day kindergarten showed that, overall, workload did not increase for the educators who participated in the study. The research, which was done by...

/ September 10, 2019

How does digital documentation help children directly?

It’s commonly understood that digital documentation can help educators and parents, but how does it help children directly?  A new research study by Dr. M.E. Picher on the use of a pedagogical documentation technology (called Storypark) showed that the online...

/ August 27, 2019

Does digital documentation replace face-to-face conversations between parents and educators?

Does digital documentation replace face-to-face conversations between parents and educators?  The answer may surprise you! New research completed out of the University of Toronto on the use of a digital documentation technology (called Storypark) has dispelled the common misconception that...

/ August 16, 2019

Technology is a gamechanger at Central Michigan learning lab

Mount Pleasant in Central Michigan is home to one of the state’s largest universities. Central Michigan University, with 20,000 students, almost double the population of the city and is known as a “college town”. From its beginnings as a teacher’s...

/ July 26, 2019

What does it mean to be a Reggio Emilia inspired early learning service?

What does it mean to be a Reggio Emilia inspired early learning service? You do not need to look hard to find early learning services aligning their programs and practices with the Reggio Emilia educational project. Early learning services often...

/ July 16, 2019

North America’s First Independent Assessment on the Impact of Digital Documentation in Full-day Kindergarten

The use of digital documentation in early childhood programs is becoming more and more commonplace throughout Canada and the U.S.   Many of these platforms talk about the benefits that they offer, but until recently, no known studies had been...

/ June 10, 2019

Ministories – A way of making visible context, strategy and assessment

The rapid expansion of technology in everyday life has meant that the tools available to early childhood educators to use in pedagogical documentation are many. The early childhood sector has responded enthusiastically to their arrival and a lot of documentation...

/ May 13, 2019