Parents and teachers are using technology in their homes and classrooms to teach young children. Often, we wonder HOW to incorporate preschool technology into every day learning.
Here is a collection of the best ideas to enrich learning:
Which activity will YOU try with your preschooler this week?
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I am a huge proponent of making technology accessible to children as a tool, not a babysitter. We do not own a television and my kids have extremely limited screen time, less than 2 hours per week.
BUT, school today requires children not only to have access to the most current technologies but be familiar with how to use them. I like to teach and use technology in small doses with children ages 3 -5 years old.
Here are the things we do with technology to learn.
1. Videos to watch short clips on an academic topic.
2. CD Players to listen to books on tapes.
3. Computer to visit educational websites and play learning games.
4. A digital clock to tell the time for daily activities.
5. Digital camera to take pictures of lessons and creations.
6. Video player to make videos of educational topics.
7. I-Pad to play our Russian Language games.
8. Leap-pad to read and interact with stories.
Read on to find out how others use technology to teach.
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Preschool Technology is used as a tool to enhance academic learning.
Red Ted Art uses a digital camera to photo journal their daily activities. They then print some of the pictures and write about them in a journal. See how they turn digital photography into a learning activity here.
What We Do All Day uses their digital camera to go on a color hunt. See how the digital photography color scavenger hunt went here.
The Preschool Toolbox integrates the use of QR Codes, using the I-phone Scanner Ap can be used to enhance daily literacy learning. Although PLAY is a huge part of preschool learning, she promotes the use of limited, but intentional technology integrated into daily lessons and has created the following activities for parents and teachers to use.
Parenting Chaos has gathered a list of free educational websites for preschool and grade school children. These websites are most often filled with interactive computer games and activities to teach and re-infoce a teaching skill.
We used Jumpstart and Starfall in my kindergarten classrooms to teach early reading skills such as letter names and sounds. Read the collection of free educational websites here.
Mother Natured uses digital camera and movie maker to turn ordinary kids crafts and toys into science videos with this hands-on preschool technology lesson. See how she does it here and watch their cute butterfly life cycle video here.
Childhood 101 uses books on tapes to get kids excited about reading and improve listening skills. See how she introduces this and uses this tool with her kids here.
KC Edventures shares some of the resources she has found for gathering free e-books to read with her children.
Preschool Technology is used as a tool at learning stations.
B-Inspired Mama uses a combination of number manipulatives, dice, and a calculator in her math station. These items lead to comparing, writing simple equations and using the calculator for addition problems. Read more about her math station set up here.
Hands On As We Grow uses an I-pad at her building center to take photos of their building creations to re-make again later. This is a great way to combine engineering, fine motor, and technology as an interactive tool for preschoolers. Read more about how she sets up this engineering activity here.
Preschool Powel Packets uses technology in her science station as she creates simple circuits with her preschoolers. See how they set up and complete this science experiment here.
Technology in Early Childhood uses apps such as i Diary for Kids for reinforcing math concepts in the technology center in the classroom. Read more about how they use this ipad activity in their classroom here.
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