Chip Donohue, PhD, will explore how technology can empower and engage children, parents, families, librarians, and early childhood educators. The author of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors, Donohue is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. The presentation will connect the dots between new technologies and what we know about early learning, literacy and language development. Donohue will identify the challenges of balancing obstacles and opportunities in the digital age, and will describe the emerging role of media mentors to help guide the first generation of children “growing up digital.” The one-hour presentation will be followed by Q & A. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.