Monday, 27 January 2014

Technology in Kindergarten

I am so excited to have the opportunity to share with all of the kindergarten teachers in our district regarding technology in the classroom.

This is the presentation I will share in February on four occasions:

There are any number of IPad apps that could be technological worksheets, but to truly create, try one of these:
1.       Puppet Pals (my 4 yr old grandson could manage this app).  Create scenes with provided characters or take pictures of people in the class and use them to tell stories.  $2.99 gives you many characters and backgrounds.  Students record their voices while manipulating the character.  A second version is available for $4.99 for even more characters and backgrounds.
2.       Little Bird Tales  (I think it is $2.99). Students draw pictures and then record their story or write their story if they can .  Great for students who are ELL or not yet writing. Also available at your desktop: here
3.       Explain Everything.  Students can use this to draw their understanding of a concept.  Could be a letter, could be a math concept or it could be something else.   It is free.
4.       Sock Puppets (two versions: 1.99 and 3.99). Similar to puppet pals.  Create puppet shows with virtual sock puppets.

Other Tech Ideas:
1.       Great web page:
This web page is no longer being kept up because Kathy has a new class blog here:
While she is teaching grade one this year, in speaking with her last week, she asserted the intent for this is primary including kindergarten.  She blogs with her students even at the beginning of the year when they cannot yet write.  Take a few minutes to look at the entries of the students.  She uses this as a digital portfolio for each student to demonstrate their learning.  She often uses “Explain Everything” on the IPad to demonstrate learning.
2.       Check out this ebook :  Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades by Kathy Cassidy.  You can find it here:
This book demonstrates the use of Skype in the classroom to connect with learners around the world.  She talks about using blogs to collect data on student learning and to connect with other learners.  Finally, she demonstrates how Twitter can be used in the classroom.
If you aren’t on Twitter and/or pinterest, here is a tutorial on how to use this to learn:
Here is a youtube video about Twitter:
Some people to follow:
@bgiourme (that is me!)
There are so many other great people to follow.  Just check out who these people follow for ideas! 

I will let you know how the PD goes and if you have any other suggestions, feel free to share with me with your comments!  Thanks.

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