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Technology and ECE


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Research and ideas of using technology in the Early Childhood Education classroom.

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Technology and ECE

  1. 1. Technology and Early Childhood Education The importance of using all kinds of technology in an early childhood education classroom By: Amber Christensen
  2. 2. Technology is Crucial Technology is important because: -It ties in with the curriculum and is therefore easily integrated -It attends to a variety of child learning styles and predispositions -It reaches to all developmental dimensions: -Social and Emotional Development -Language Development -Physical Well-Being and Motor Development -Cognition and General Knowledge
  4. 4. Technology and Curriculum Areas Technology Connects to a Variety of Curriculum Areas Technology can help with emergent literacy skills by: -Increasing their motivation to write: This is due to the increased confidence in their writing. When writing with pen and pencil some students get frustrated with the materials and scribble or erase frantically. But using a computer program to write makes it easier for the students to have fewer mistakes which make them feel safer. -Showing that there is a tie to words and pictures: Just like index cards that label pictures, or just labeled pictures in a book- various technology programs or internet activities can show, and even say aloud audibly, what that picture is and how it is said. - Enhancing their writing skills: quot;Studies indicate that word-processing software encourages writing, and leads to increased motivation and improvement in writing skillsquot; 2 -Assisting in creating their own stories: quot;[A writing program] Allows children to compose longer and more complex stories and worry less about mistakesquot; 2
  5. 5. Technology and Curriculum Areas Technology Connects to a Variety of Curriculum Areas Technology can help with emergent math skills by: -quot;Showing patterning -Showing classification -Showing seriation -Showing numerical relationshipsquot; 1
  7. 7. Technology and Different Learning Styles Technology attends to a variety of child learning styles and predispositions by: -Showing that those students who think they have no strengths may have some as revealed by different technologies -Allows students to take a variety of paths to achieve the goal: shows that many methods could work -Enhancing concentration and interest of content that would otherwise bore some students 2 -quot;Increase attention and build memory and visualization skills. Children need time to develop memory and imagery before the images are provided for them.quot; 1
  9. 9. Technology and Developmental Domains Technology and Social and Emotional Development Through collaboration with other students, a child can learn more about the content and their fellow peers views on the content. quot;…computers and software can serve as catalysts for social interaction and conversations related to children's workquot; 2. Young students can talk about their work with each other and share their ideas through technological collaboration activities. Research shows: -quot;Children demonstrate increased levels of spoken communication and cooperation during computer usequot; 2 -quot;Children share leadership roles on the computer, and initiate interactions more frequentlyquot; 2
  10. 10. Technology and Developmental Domains Technology and Language Development Young students can draw, paint, and create their own stories using technology- all of which increases their language skills. Visual manipulatives of mathematical/alphabetical/etc. content can enhance the quality of conversation surrounding these ideas.
  11. 11. Technology and Developmental Domains Technology and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development Sometimes the physical aspect of writing can get in the way of students wanting or doing writing. Word processors can assist students in writing when holding a pencil can be tedious and uncomfortable. Large and fine motor skills are key for a child to fully develop. Computers can help with the fine motor skills and connecting the mental aspect to the physical aspect. It is important to remember to take frequent breaks from the computer so as not to hurt your eyes or cause any other physical damage for sitting in one position for an extended period of time.
  12. 12. Technology and Developmental Domains Technology and General Knowledge Ideas or concepts that seem too far away (like studying cultures or geography of faraway country) are brought to the students and brought to life. These unique experiences they could not obtain otherwise unless they actually went there. Through teacher interaction while the students work with technology, different ideas about sharing and cooperating and how technology may work, can bring about deeper thinking and abstract thinking.
  14. 14. Using Technology in an Early Childhood Education Classroom One idea for using Technology in the classroom would be to use the internet resource “Lanolin‟s Greenhouse.” This lesson will focus on orally manipulating phonemes which can help children recognize (orally) that the pieces of words can be taken away and other pieces can be added and you can have a new word. Here a friendly sheep holds up a picture of a simple word (man, cat, boy, etc.) and orally asks you to take off either the first or last sound and replace it with a new sound. They have 2 plants: one with a picture (instead of a „flower‟) of the correct answer, and another with an incorrect but slightly close answer. The student can pick either one and it will tell them if they are right or wrong and sound them out again so they understand why they are right or wrong.
  15. 15. Using Technology in an Early Childhood Education Classroom Another idea for using Technology in the classroom would be through the use of virtual manipulatives. These tools do a great job of solidifying concepts taught and allowing students to test their own hypotheses. Under the MathTools website you will find a manipulative for Fractions called “Fractions-Comparing” under the Math 2 section. This allows students to play around with fractions. They are to find the equivalences to certain fractions. They are given the red and blue already shaded in and they can increase or decrease the pieces that make up the whole. It shows that the shaded area can be 1/2 or 3/6's, and so on.
  16. 16. REFERENCES 1- 2- Fraction virtual Manipulative: Source to Lanolin‟s Greenhouse: Lanolin‟s Greenhouse: ml