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Tech for Tots Gail Lovely 2011

  1. 1. Tech for Tots Using Technologies to Enhance Early Learning Gail Lovely [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>Using technologies with little learners requires patience, strategy, and excellent technological resources. This session will share management ideas, technological tools, and online resources that will make powerful learning with technology and children under 8 years old do-able and even fun! Selection of resources, management of tools AND tots, and some silly little tricks will all be included. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why are you here? (or use: )
  4. 4. Technology in the Classroom
  5. 5. So, have things changed?
  6. 6.
  7. 7. The Hole in the Wall Project
  8. 8. What’s Our Role?
  9. 9. Our Responsibility From toy to tool
  10. 10. Our Responsibility <ul><li>&quot;Students will be—and to some extent already are—living in a world of online interactions for which they currently have few learning contexts or models,&quot; Will Richardson (p. 26) tells us: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching students to contribute and collaborate online in ways that are both safe and appropriate requires instruction and modeling, not simply crossing our fingers and hoping for the best when they go home and do it on their own.” </li></ul></ul></ul>Scherer, Marge. &quot;Educational Leadership:Literacy 2.0:Perspectives / The World at Our Fingertips.&quot; ASCD Home . 25 Feb. 2009 <>.
  11. 11. Our Responsibility Technologies in a balanced role Technology as the tool, media, source, not as the goal. Technology as one of the things we use, do, explore. Technology as an enabler enabling communication, access and more.
  12. 12. Student Learning Resources
  13. 13. Sites for Students MUST be: <ul><li>Uncluttered </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum or Learning-rich </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Child-friendly </li></ul>
  14. 14. Finding links is the easy part... But can be time consuming!
  15. 15. Saving time, and Sanity Start with a few go-to sites
  16. 16. iBoard <ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Read Write Think <ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 18. Math Manipulatives <ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Gather a Collection or two <ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Tools for Creating Important for students to create, produce, develop, not just be consumers.
  21. 21. Stories and More <ul><li>Storybird </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Stories and More <ul><li>Kerpoof </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. “ Offline” Tools too <ul><li>Photostory </li></ul><ul><li>Word Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Software </li></ul><ul><li>2Simple Software </li></ul><ul><li>Fablevision Software </li></ul>
  24. 24. Projects
  25. 25. Purposeful interactions with others <ul><li>Teach more than “curriculum” but must teach “curriculum” too! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Collaboration Write, draw and learn together
  27. 27. Shared and Collaborative Writing real time <ul><li>Whiteboards </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writing Pads </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(password: letmein ) </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Shared and Collaborative Writing delayed (asynchronous) <ul><li>Stixy </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(password is letmein) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refresh to see posts by others. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Shared and Collaborative Writing delayed (asynchronous) <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer and commenter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classblogmeister </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kidblog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ experts” and editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Spoken Word, Shared <ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity (downloaded free tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Myna (online free tool) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Touchscreen and Handheld Game changers!
  32. 32. One Sample Project Poddy Training <ul><li>iPod Touch in Little Hands </li></ul>Pictures used with permission
  33. 33. One Sample Project Poddy Training <ul><li>Applications they use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Teacher Tools and Resources
  35. 35. Tools for Managing <ul><li>Visioning </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing </li></ul>
  36. 36. Visioning What’s Possible <ul><li>Tech Integration Matrices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arizona </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning Documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinkfinity Document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Document </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Managing it All… <ul><li>Label EVERYTHING. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Managing... but accounting for differences
  39. 39. Plan for Differentiation <ul><li>The Differentiator </li></ul>
  40. 40. Fair Doesn’t Mean Same
  41. 41. Timers <ul><li>Kitchen Timers </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  42. 42. Tools... Who owns them?
  43. 43. Provide choices <ul><li>Not what is learned, but how it is learned and how students will show you what they know... </li></ul>
  44. 44. Teacher Tools <ul><li>Access to a VARIETY </li></ul><ul><li>of Web Resources </li></ul><ul><li>SimplyBox example </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Buttons example </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges example </li></ul><ul><li>Website Yola example </li></ul>
  45. 45. Teacher Tools <ul><li>Glogster </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Almost Instant Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Access to sites </li></ul><ul><li>So much more... </li></ul>
  46. 46. Teacher Tools <ul><li>Collect work samples, ideas, responses from students who can’t read or write </li></ul>
  47. 47. Managing it All… Clearly define your expectations - both process AND product.
  48. 48. Rubrics <ul><li>Expectations up front – no tricks! </li></ul>
  49. 49. Rubrics <ul><li>“ A rubric is an explicit summary of the criteria for assessing a particular piece of student work, plus levels of potential achievement for each criterion.” (source) </li></ul><ul><li>But really RUBRICS are time-savers! </li></ul><ul><li>Rubistar is a GREAT time saver! </li></ul>
  50. 50. Working together
  51. 51. <ul><ul><li>No touching classmates’ computers or technologies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide time to discuss and reward processes and also for sharing &quot;student discoveries&quot;. </li></ul></ul>Expect and encourage students to help each other.
  52. 52. Turn Taking… <ul><li>Check list </li></ul><ul><li>Sticks in a Cup </li></ul><ul><li>Circle Chart </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic name pickers </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. Shift and Return….
  54. 54. Bottom Line...
  55. 55. Thank you! Gail Lovely Independent educator [email_address] Online CV: Twitter: glovely It’s all about them.
  56. 56. Credits <ul><li>Toy or Tool: Uploaded to Flickr on 2/13/2009 by Fuyoh! with cc attribution license </li></ul>