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Presentation on Cool Tech Tools at the 2011 SECA Conference, in Power Point 2007 format

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  • 1. … for the Tech-Savvy, Technology Novices, and Everyone in Between Cool Technology Tools in Early Childhood Dr. Diane Bales University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
  • 2. Where We’re Going
    • Attitudes about technology and children
    • What makes technology useful in early childhood?
    • Tips for using technology in early childhood
    • Cautions and challenges with technology
    • Cool tech tools and web resources
  • 3. Four Uses of Technology in ECE
    • Teacher planning and collaboration
    • Communication with families
    • Direct teaching with children
    • Hands-on discovery learning
  • 4. The Web in Today’s World
  • 5. 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.
    • Collected knowledge
    • How do we know what to trust?
    Image from www.learnit2.com/tutorial%20018/index.html
  • 6. The World is Changing…
    • Technology is a part of our society.
    • Children born today will be “ digital natives. ”
    • Children see adults using technology.
    • “ Web 2.0 ” has changed our ways of understanding the world.
  • 7. Attitudes about Technology in Early Childhood
    • Technology = change
  • 8. The “Technology Question” Is Changing
    • The “old” question : Should young children use computers and other technology?
    • The “new” question : When and how should young children be introduced to technology?
      • How early is too early?
      • What’s developmentally appropriate in
        • Preschool?
        • Early elementary?
        • Later elementary?
  • 9. Technology in ECE?
    • Benefits
    • Authentic way to explore new topics
    • Chance to create
    • Way to share creations and receive feedback
    • Supports critical thinking
    • Chance to work together
    • Challenges
    • Passive activity
    • Unequal access to tech tools
    • Can be overused
    • Safety concerns for children online
    • Easy access to inappropriate content
  • 10. All Tech Tools are Not Alike!
    • Effective technology tools for children
      • Child-directed and child-controlled
      • Focused on authentic discovery learning
    • Ineffective technologies
      • Teacher-directed demonstrations
      • Repetitive programs
      • Focused on drill and practice of a specific skill
    • Many programs for children are developmentally inappropriate!
  • 11. Problems with “ Drill and Kill ”
    • Requires quick reaction time
    • No chance for creativity
    • No way out
    • Increases frustration
    • Reduces problem solving
    • Decreases children’s motivation to use computers
  • 12. A “Drill and Kill” Example
  • 13. Technology in ECE should be…
    • 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 all children
    • Adult-monitored!
  • 14. Some Types of Technology
    • Digital cameras
    • Music players (iPods and others)
    • Tablet computers (iPads and others)
    • Digital microscopes
    • Digital whiteboards
    • Smart toys
  • 15. 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
  • 16. The ProScope
  • 17. Creative Uses of Technology
    • Webcams and online conversations
  • 18. Creative Uses of Technology
    • Create a digital alphabet!
    Image from www.alphabetphotography.ca
  • 19. Creative Tech Ideas
    • Here’s a sample of what you can do with Comic Life in about 5 minutes!
    • Comic Life
    • Software package
    • Quick way to share photos in a meaningful way
    • Relatively inexpensive ($29.95)
    • www.plasq.com
  • 20. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Photo Sharing
  • 21. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Storybook Creation
  • 22. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Blogs
  • 23. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Home Page Setup (3 X 3 Links)
  • 24. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Animating Drawings
    • Animated Slideshows from Photos
    • Creating Artwork from Photos
  • 25. Wordle
  • 26. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Collaborative Document Creation
  • 27. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Image Sharing and Commenting
  • 28. Cool Tools on the Web
    • Social Bookmarking
    • Bookmark collection
    • Accessible from any computer
    • Can be shared with others
    • Communication tools
      • Commenting on links
      • Highlights and sticky notes
      • Discussion topic threads
  • 29. What About Babies and Toddlers?
    • AAP Recommendation: No screen time for children under age 2
    • Is all “screen time” alike?
      • Active vs. Passive
      • Child-controlled tools?
      • The iPad example
  • 30. Keeping Children Safer Online
    • Always review websites thoroughly
    • Watch for similar addresses!
    • Set limits on children’s online access
    • Supervise carefully
    • Teach children “safe surfing”
  • 31. Questions? Ideas?
    • Dr. Diane Bales
    • Cooperative Extension
    • The University of Georgia
    • [email_address]