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    1. 1. “ What Works”: Technology in the ECE Classroom By: Christine O’Loughlin
    2. 2. Technology: How is it beneficial? <ul><li>Social and Emotional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Language Development </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Well-Being & Motor Development </li></ul><ul><li>Cognition and General Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches Toward Learning   </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology in the classroom is very beneficial for young children. Research on using technology in the classroom focuses one five areas in a child’s development that is affected. In the Social and Emotional area, computers and software can serve as a vehicle for interaction related to the child's work. Proper placement of the computer in the classroom can strike conversations between peers as they work together on activities on the computer as well as talk about new things they have learned. Technology helps language development because it encourages longer, more complex speech and the development of fluency. In regards to physical well- being and motor development, computers allow them to write freely without having to had completely developed good handwriting skills. For Cognitive and General knowledge, they are able to manipulate things that they could not have outside the physical world. And finally, in regards to approaches toward learning, technology is a good way to learn and reveal hidden strengths as well as a good way to assess.  </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why does technology work? <ul><li>“ Technology can support educational goals and support content standards when used in a planned, guided manner”: It is important to remember that technology should be used to facilitate learning after a concept has been taught. It should not be used solely to teach a concept, but should be accompanied by hands on experiences with the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Technology encourages exploration, imagination, and problem solving”: With technology, children have the opportunity to explore a medium that they may not be familiar with. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It can help build on what children already know”: Technology can make a subject matter more exciting as it is used to further emphasize what the children have already been taught. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    4. 4. What Technology can be used in the Classroom? <ul><li>Tape recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Video cameras </li></ul><ul><li>TV/VCRs </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Digital microscopes </li></ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>For choosing technology to be used with younger children, the best choice for a particular situation may be no new technology, or just simple tape recorders and cameras. Even these simple tools are exciting for children to use. It is a new way for them to explore the basic things they learn everyday. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Digital Cameras & Photo Story <ul><li>My first grade kids will be doing a unit on farms and farm animals. </li></ul><ul><li>In groups of three, children will pick a favorite funny poem that talks about animals and the farm. There will be a number of poems that I have found that they can pick from. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will draw or paint a picture of each poem line. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures will be taken of their drawings, input into the computer onto Photo Story in order, and narrated by the children. </li></ul><ul><li>In this lesson, I would have a large groups of poems for the kids to pick from. After they have chosen a poem as a group, I will help each group plan our which line they will illustrate a picture for. They will then each get to take a picture of each of the drawings. I will upload the pictures for them into photo story. I will then direct them on narrating the poem. Each child will read their line or lines of the poem into the computers microphone. This is a fun way to explore more ideas that involve the farm and farm animals. They will not only be focusing on the animals, but will also be exposed to poetry and digital photo story. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Starfall <ul><li>Using the Starfall website in the lab computers, the children will practice learning the digraph, “sh” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>During the computer lab time, the Starfall website will be available for the children to further explore the digraph “sh”. I will have taught them about different digraphs beforehand. They will then be practicing with one particular digraph, “ sh” on their own. This gives them the opportunity if they would like to work with partners as well as helping them gain confidence as they learn the digraph and use technology on their own as a way to facilitate their learning by practicing what they already know. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. References <ul><li>Picture 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 2, 3 & 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Picture 2: </li></ul><ul><li>Picture 3: </li></ul>