Here you'll find ideas for promoting literacy through the use of technology. Please feel free to leave comments after posts.
Wow, what an eye opener! Loved watching their little facial expressions as they were thinking. So glad I'm learning so many new things in an effort to catch up with the little ones. Thanks sharing for this.
Our future students will definately needs classrooms that reflect their learning environment- not ours. We have only begun to touch upon the possibilities of what technology has to offer. Who knows what the future holds! As we have all probably heard something along this line- we are preparing our students for a world (and jobs) that has yet to be imagined.
Very representative of the world we live in
This really demonstrates how children are being accustomed to technology!!!!!
This is so telling. Babies and young children clearly already have such an innate understanding of technology, even if they are too young to talk yet!
This video is a bit frightening. What are we doing to our children? What does it mean if a child already thinks a magazine is a touch-sensitive device that is interactive and does not yet understand that a magazine or book means flipping pages.
This video made me realize that future generations of students in my classroom will be very familiar with technology. They will actually probably be more comfortable if I integrate technology into the curriculum because it is what they are used to.
This is definitely an eye-opening video! It reminds us that we must embrace technology...especially in the classroom. Our students do not know a world without the Internet and many have had access some sort of mechanical device (whether it be a gaming system, cell phone, lap top, etc.)since they were very young. Technology is what they know and so we need to design our lessons around it. Still, I'm not sure I'd let a baby use an iPad (just because they cost upwards of $ 500.) I give kudos to the creator of this clip as he/she is on the right page in exposing this child to technology so early. (I do have concerns about the children who may not have access to such technologies and how far behind the 8-ball they may be once they do get to kindergarten age.)
I am amazed that a child this young knows what an IPad is, let alone how to use one! Kids are so curious and unafraid to explore technology. I wish I were that fearless
I am amazed that a child this young knows what an IPad is, let alone how to use one! Children are so curious and unafraid to explore technology. I wish I were that fearless!
I have to say that when I was asked to pilot an "iPad classroom" this year, I was a little nervous. The fact is that while children are completely comfortable with this technology (and I consider myself a fairly techie sort), I had never even touched one and could only imagine the possible problems that would ensue. But I was also excited. At the beginning of the year I jumped head first and was absolutely amazed at the abilities of my 5-6 year old students. They are so brave and curious. So many of them already knew how to do the things I was still learning, like making folders! Now here it is mid January and most of the families I work with have bought an iPad to use at home, or a similar device like an iPod touch or tablet. The kids are completely capable of logging onto internet based programs, getting onto apps, and even explaining to their parents that sites that need flash don't work, unless they download the browser called Rover. Plus they are so engaged. And when children elsewhere spend 20 minutes on a worksheet to cut and paste the answers to 15 math problems... my students have answered 100+ individually leveled problems and are disappointed when I say it's time to stop!Teachers, administrators, parents- take advantage of these amazing tools that children are inevitably using. It motivates, expands on the limits of all previous teaching tools, and prepares them for the reality of their generation!
I don't know whether to be scared or to just embrace this for what it is. My one year old loves looking at photos of himself on my iphone and scrolls from picture to picture. He uses the ipad to do the same. The thought of this replacing an actual book scares me though, I want him to love books too. I fear one day he won't know how to have a face to face conversation with another human being as texting, emailing, tweeting, etc. will be the only forms of communication he knows. While I do embrace technology and all it has to offer I fear that it might just over and skills that people need to be active citizens: social engagement, working together, carrying on a face to face conversation, might be lost behind a screen.
I think we need to expose children to both paper books and digital forms of books. Children need to be able to hold a book the correct way, turn the pages, etc.. Technology is great for so many reasons and books on the Smartboard and ipads are great, I use them in my own classroom everyday. However, I still feel that from early on all children should be exposed to a paper book and know what it is.