Brian is a contributing author to:Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning a co-publication of Routledge and NAEYC
Brian is the author of Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3, published by Redleaf Press.
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“Every day, teachers consider students’ needs and set learning goals, and then choose the best tools—water or sand, crayons or paints, words or images. Brian Puerling lays out a realistic yet innovative framework for integrating technology among those tools—clear-eyed about not only the when, where, and how, but most importantly the why. I predict well-worn and marked-up copies of Teaching in the Digital Age in early learning centers, elementary classrooms and Ed schools.” — David W. Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media
“This book has something for everyone—from the technophobe to the technocrat. Teachers can start where they feel comfortable and proceed step-by-step through the technology activities. A must-read resource!” —Bonnie K. Roelle, Director, Office of Early Childhood Programs, Chicago Public Schools
“As a gifted classroom teacher and technology innovator, Brian preaches what he practices. He’s given educators a rare gift—a book that clearly connects child development and developmentally appropriate practices with new technology and offers an invitation to explore, play, and learn. This is a book to experience, not just to read. It’s full of real classroom stories and photos, practical tips, technology recommendations, and QR codes that link to video clips and resources. Along the way, you’ll be engaged, encouraged, and gently nudged toward intentional, effective, and integrated use of technology in your classroom—and you’ll really enjoy the journey.” — Chip Donohue, PhD, Director of Distance Learning & TEC Center Director, Erikson Institute
“As someone who prepares initial early childhood educators, I have thought a lot about how to appropriately address the use of technology with young children. I even have to admit a bias related to its use, partly because of my own lack of skills and comfort level with technology, and largely because I did not know how to ensure that our undergraduate students learn to use technology with young children in an intentional and appropriate way.
Brian’s book not only addressed my concerns, but also provided me with guidance and a wealth of ideas as to how to use various technologies to enhance learning for young children. There is a balance, but it was unfair of me to not consider the limitless potential that technology has for young children because I lacked the necessary knowledge. When reading Brian’s book, it also occurred to me that in order to provide all children with the necessary prerequisite skills, comfort level, and ability to use technology in their future, we need to support them in using it in a meaningful and controlled way when they are in our care. Not all children will have access to the technology that can either level the playing field or cause further achievement gaps. Used in the appropriate ways that Brian describes, we can provide young children with one of the keys to future personal/social, academic and professional success. I am ready to ‘embrace the uncertainty’ and change the way I teach. The forms that Brian provided are particularly helpful in taking that first step in using technology to enhance learning in an appropriate way.
There is so much I could say about Brian’s book. It is engaging, easy to follow, and, as the reader, I often felt that I was right there in the classroom as he was teaching. The scenes he describes bring to life the content and message of the book.
I remember when Brian traveled to Australia and was able to conduct some undergraduate research. When I reached chapter two, I had to smile at the reference to a content unit on Australia for four-year-olds brought to life through dramatic play and other centers. Brian brings his personal experiences to his teaching and then, with technology, is able to make the world an even smaller place. I also so appreciate that he is intent on using technology (photos, video clips, etc.) to dispel biases rather than perpetuate them.” —Barb Gander, Senor Lecturer, Early Childhood, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
“My children and I know first hand how Brian Puerling's insightfulness and creativity enhanced their learning and inspired them for future growth. Teaching in the Digital Age, provides a roadmap on how to use technology in the classroom for teachers and parents alike which can lead to a fun, exciting and personal educational experience for impressionable young minds. This book demonstrates the value of allowing creativity and exploration to exist in both school and home.” — Jon Harris, Former Classroom Parent
“Often our students are more comfortable with technology than we are as adults. In Teaching in the Digital Age, Brian Puerling takes the sometimes daunting idea of using technology in meaningful ways with young children and makes it look not just achievable for teachers, but something all students deserve. Brian skillfully mixes practical advice, thoughtful rationale, authentic classroom scenarios, the voices of experts and colleagues, and his own expertise to provide teachers with a vision for how technology can be used seamlessly in a classroom. Brian builds on children’s natural interest in technology and combines it with effective instructional strategies to give you a vision for what high quality learning can look like. You will learn more than just how to use technology to enhance learning. You will learn how to create engaging, high quality learning environments and learning experiences for all children.” —Matt Glover, Educational Consultant, Author, and Former Principal
“Brian paints an inspirational picture for the future of Early Childhood Learning, seamlessly and playfully blending digital tools into the classroom and helping educators of all experience levels empower their students to create and share ideas.”-Andy Russell, Launchpad Toys,app developer
“A terrific, path breaking resource, chock full of practical advice for early educators who are transforming their classrooms for a digital age.” —Michael Levine, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Sesame Workshop
"Brian earns an A+ for providing educators with the tools and resources needed to transform conventional classrooms into modern spaces brimming with 21st century digital practices. His creative, practical, personal approach makes it easy to update even the most traditional classroom.
Teaching in the Digital Age personally motivated me to forge ahead with these new and effective practices. This book is an entertaining and educational journey for any teacher who strives to be a life-long learner and wants to develop a relationship with his/her students academically, emotionally and technologically." - Renee Wilberg, Kindergarten Teacher
Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 is intended to help early childhood educators explore the possibilities with technology in classrooms. Brian's book offers readers a way embrace new practices, apply them uniquely to their settings, and reflect upon the effectiveness of strategies.