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Cool Tech Tools - Bales SECA 2011 slides


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

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Cool Tech Tools - Bales SECA 2011 slides

  1. 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. 2. Where We’re Going <ul><li>Attitudes about technology and children </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. Four Uses of Technology in ECE <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>
  4. 4. The Web in Today’s World
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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>
  7. 7. Attitudes about Technology in Early Childhood <ul><li>Technology = change </li></ul>
  8. 8. The “Technology Question” Is Changing <ul><li>The “old” question : Should young children use computers and other technology? </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>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. All Tech Tools are Not Alike! <ul><li>Effective technology tools for children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child-directed and child-controlled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on authentic discovery learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ineffective technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher-directed demonstrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetitive programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on drill and practice of a specific skill </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many programs for children are developmentally inappropriate! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Problems with “ Drill and Kill ” <ul><li>Requires quick reaction time </li></ul><ul><li>No chance for creativity </li></ul><ul><li>No way out </li></ul><ul><li>Increases frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Decreases children’s motivation to use computers </li></ul>
  12. 12. A “Drill and Kill” Example
  13. 13. Technology in ECE 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>
  14. 14. Some Types of Technology <ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Music players (iPods and others) </li></ul><ul><li>Tablet computers (iPads and others) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital microscopes </li></ul><ul><li>Digital whiteboards </li></ul><ul><li>Smart toys </li></ul>
  15. 15. 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>
  16. 16. The ProScope
  17. 17. Creative Uses of Technology <ul><li>Webcams and online conversations </li></ul>
  18. 18. Creative Uses of Technology <ul><li>Create a digital alphabet! </li></ul>Image from
  19. 19. 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> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Photo Sharing </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Storybook Creation </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>
  23. 23. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Home Page Setup (3 X 3 Links) </li></ul>
  24. 24. 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>
  25. 25. Wordle
  26. 26. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Collaborative Document Creation </li></ul>
  27. 27. Cool Tools on the Web <ul><li>Image Sharing and Commenting </li></ul>
  28. 28. 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>
  29. 29. What About Babies and Toddlers? <ul><li>AAP Recommendation: No screen time for children under age 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Is all “screen time” alike? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active vs. Passive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child-controlled tools? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The iPad example </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. 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>
  31. 31. Questions? Ideas? <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>