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  1. 1. … for the Tech-Savvy, Technology Novices, and Everyone in Between Cool Technology Tools in Early Childhood
  2. 2. Where We’re Going <ul><li>Attitudes about technology </li></ul><ul><li>What makes technology useful in early childhood? </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for using technology in early childhood </li></ul><ul><li>Cautions and challenges with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cool tech tools and web resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Technology = change </li></ul>Attitudes about Technology in Early Childhood
  4. 4. Technology in ECE? <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic way to explore new topics </li></ul><ul><li>Chance to create </li></ul><ul><li>Way to share creations and receive feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Supports critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Chance to work together </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Passive activity </li></ul><ul><li>Unequal access to tech tools </li></ul><ul><li>Can be overused </li></ul><ul><li>Safety concerns for children online </li></ul><ul><li>Easy access to inappropriate content </li></ul>
  5. 5. Problems with “ Drill and Kill ” <ul><li>Decreases creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces children ’ s motivation to use computers </li></ul><ul><li>Increases frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Requires quick reaction time </li></ul><ul><li>No way out </li></ul>
  6. 6. Four Uses of Technology <ul><li>Teacher planning and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with families </li></ul><ul><li>Direct teaching with children </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on discovery learning </li></ul>
  7. 7. The World is Changing… <ul><li>Technology is a part of our society. </li></ul><ul><li>Children born today will be “ digital natives. ” </li></ul><ul><li>Children see adults using technology. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web 2.0 ” has changed our ways of understanding the world. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Web 2.0 <ul><li>The web is no longer just a source of static information. </li></ul><ul><li>Users expect to contribute to content. </li></ul><ul><li>Content changes much more quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Collected knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>How do we know what to trust? </li></ul>Image from www.learnit2.com/tutorial%20018/index.html
  9. 9. The Web in Today’s World
  10. 10. The “Computer Question” Is Changing <ul><li>The “ old ” question : Should young children use computers? </li></ul><ul><li>The “ new ” question : When and how should young children be introduced to technology? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How early is too early? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What ’ s developmentally appropriate in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preschool? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early elementary? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Later elementary? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Technology for young children should be… <ul><li>Developmentally appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Used only when it ’ s the best tool </li></ul><ul><li>Available as just another learning material </li></ul><ul><li>Used for exploration and discovery </li></ul><ul><li>A chance for collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Available to all children </li></ul><ul><li>Adult-monitored! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some Types of Technology <ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Music players (ipods and others) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital microscopes </li></ul><ul><li>Digital whiteboards </li></ul><ul><li>Smart toys </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tech Example: The ProScope <ul><li>Digital USB microscope </li></ul><ul><li>Hand-held and portable </li></ul><ul><li>Child-safe </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to examine almost anything </li></ul><ul><li>Images saved as digital photos or videos </li></ul><ul><li>Costs about $250 </li></ul>
  14. 14. The ProScope
  15. 15. Creative Tech Ideas <ul><li>Webcams and online conversations </li></ul>
  16. 16. Creative Tech Ideas <ul><li>Create a digital alphabet! </li></ul>Image from www.alphabetphotography.ca
  17. 17. Creative Tech Ideas <ul><li>Here’s a sample of what you can do with Comic Life in about 5 minutes! </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Life </li></ul><ul><li>Software package </li></ul><ul><li>Quick way to share photos in a meaningful way </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively inexpensive ($29.95) </li></ul><ul><li>www.plasq.com </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Photo Sharing </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Storybook Creation </li></ul>
  20. 20. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Home Page Setup (3 X 3 Links) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Animating Drawings </li></ul><ul><li>Animated Slideshows from Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Artwork from Photos </li></ul>
  23. 23. Wordle
  24. 24. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Collaborative Document Creation </li></ul>
  25. 25. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Image Sharing and Commenting </li></ul>
  26. 26. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark collection </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Can be shared with others </li></ul><ul><li>Communication tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commenting on links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlights and sticky notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion topic threads </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Keeping Children Safer Online <ul><li>Always review websites thoroughly </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for similar addresses! </li></ul><ul><li>Set limits on children ’ s online access </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Teach children “ safe surfing ” </li></ul>
  28. 28. Questions? <ul><li>Dr. Diane Bales </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Extension </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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