Cool Tech Tools - Bales GAYC 2010

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Cool Tech Tools - Bales GAYC 2010

  1. 1. Cool C l Technology Tools i h l l in Early Childhood …for the Tech-Savvy, Technology Novices, and Everyone in Between 1
  2. 2. Where We re Going We’re Attitudes about technology What makes technology useful in early childhood? Tips for using technology in early childhood hildh d Cautions and challenges with technology Cool tech tools and web resources 2
  3. 3. Attitudes about Technology in Early Childh d i E l Childhood Technology = change gy g 3
  4. 4. Technology in ECE? Benefits Challenges Authentic way to Passive activity explore new topics p p Unequal access to Chance to create tech tools Way to share Can be overused creations and Safety concerns receive feedback for c d e o o children online e Supports critical Easy access to thinking inappropriate pp p Chance to work content together 4
  5. 5. Problems with “Drill and Kill” “Drill Kill” Decreases creativity Reduces problem solving Reduces children’s motivation to use R d hild ’ i i computers Increases frustration Requires q q quick reaction time No way out 5
  6. 6. Four Uses of Technology 1. Teacher planning and collaboration T h l i d ll b ti 2. Communication with families 3. Direct teaching with children 4. 4 Hands on Hands-on discovery learning 6
  7. 7. The World is Changing… Technology is a part of our society society. Children born today will be “digital natives. natives ” Children see adults using technology. “Web 2.0” has changed our ways of understanding the world. 7
  8. 8. Web 2.0 The web is no longer just a source of static information. Users expect to contribute to content. Content changes much more quickly. C h h i kl Collected knowledge How do we know what to trust? Image from www.learnit2.com/tutorial%20018/index.html I f l it2 /t t i l%20018/i d ht l 8
  9. 9. The Web in Today s World Today’s 9
  10. 10. The “Computer Question” Is Changing Ch i The “old” question: Should young old children use computers? The “new” question: When and how new should young children be introduced to technology? gy How early is too early? What’s developmentally appropriate in Preschool? Early elementary? Later elementary? 10
  11. 11. Technology for young children should be… hild h ld b Developmentally appropriate Used only when it’s the best tool Available as just another learning material Used for exploration and discovery A chance for collaborative learning Available to ll hild A il bl t all children Adult-monitored! 11
  12. 12. Some Types of Technology Digital cameras Music players (ipods and others) Digital i Di i l microscopes Digital whiteboards Smart toys 12
  13. 13. Tech Example: The ProScope Digital USB microscope Hand-held and portable Child-safe Can be used to examine almost anything Images saved as digital photos or videos Costs about $250 13
  14. 14. The ProScope 14
  15. 15. Creative Tech Ideas Webcams and online conversations W b d li ti 15
  16. 16. Creative Tech Ideas Create a digital alphabet! C t di it l l h b t! Image from www.alphabetphotography.ca 16
  17. 17. Creative Tech Ideas Comic Life Here’s a sample of what you can do with Comic Software package p g Life in about 5 minutes! Quick way to share photos in a meaningful way Relatively inexpensive ($29.95) www.plasq.com 17
  18. 18. Cool Tools on the Web Photo Sharing 18
  19. 19. Cool Tools on the Web Storybook Creation 19
  20. 20. Cool Tools on the Web Blogs 20
  21. 21. Cool Tools on the Web Home Page Setup (3 X 3 Links) H P S t Li k ) 21
  22. 22. Cool Tools on the Web Animating Drawings Animated Slideshows from Photos Creating Artwork from Photos 22
  23. 23. Wordle 23
  24. 24. Cool Tools on the Web Collaborative Document Creation 24
  25. 25. Cool Tools on the Web Image Sharing and Commenting 25
  26. 26. Cool Tools on the Web Social Bookmarking Bookmark collection Accessible f A ibl from any computer Can be shared with others Communication tools Commenting on links Highlights and sticky notes Discussion topic threads 26
  27. 27. Keeping Children Safer Online O li Always review websites thoroughly Watch for similar addresses! Set limits on children’s online access Supervise carefully Teach children “ f surfing” T h hild “safe fi ” 27
  28. 28. Questions? Dr. Diane B l D Di Bales Cooperative Extension The University of Georgia dbales@uga.edu g 28

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