Frances Judd is an early childhood teacher, educational consultant, and concept designer. Her work on app development teams explores uses of interactive technology to buttress creative learning experiences and childhood play. Presentations related to green concepts within PreK-Elementary class curriculum include such topics as wind power, solar power, up-cycling, and recycling. Her talks at teacher conferences (Chicago AEYC), tv news shows (abc7), elementary schools, libraries, and media conferences (Fred Rogers Center) focus on the role of touchscreen apps within the educational lives of children, and the design process used to create educational apps. With dual careers as a classroom teacher and a freelance toy/game designer (KBooM! App Games, Hasbro, Playskool) she brings together real-world classroom experiences and design work aimed to enhance learning in the early years. Examples of her written work can be found at Participate Learning (educational app reviewer), Examiner (childhood education themes and touchscreen apps), and the Fred Rogers Center (guest contributor and panelist). After teaching kindergarten at Francis W. Parker School for over 25 years, she is currently on the faculty at the innovative Bennett Day School in Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in Elementary Ed., Art Ed., and Special Education. Her graduate studies at Chicago's Erikson Institute specialized in Early Childhood Education and child development theory. Recent collaborations include: co-developer of the app-line Mrs. Judd's Games for KBooM! Games (20 app titles in iOS for iPhone/iPad at iTunes App Store, 4 app titles for Android at GooglePlay), the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (Family Day events), the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center at Erikson Institute to head the Tangible Tech Collaborative in Chicago, and the "Strawbies" team working to develop an iPad/Osmo game for early programming experiences.
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