The Kindergarten is developing a site for parents and teachers, listing most of the apps the teachers and children find are working best. Look in the iPad apps section. There is also a general section which may help teachers (handy IT tools). The home page has a few funny video’s. Overtime we will add links to specific maths and language sites that help kindergarten children and their families.
I keep going on about it but once again… I believe the apps and the iPads are as good as the teacher using them. I endeavor to allow children to create their own understanding. Facilitate their learning whilst empowering them to help each other solve problems. The iPad can be a glorified worksheet that beeps or more. At present the range of apps that allow for problem solving and creative thinking is limited, but growing all the time. The problem solving and creativity comes from how the children choose to use the apps to enhance their understanding.
Enjoy, parents and teachers let me know if this is of any use to you.
This week we all stayed connected as a class. Some children tweeted pictures to friends who are in another country and we used email. These ideas came from the children. They wanted things to go on the blog so everyone could share it.
An email message from Molly.
Our KP community and stay connected with technology.
To Ms Zoe and everyone in KP
What are you doing at school?
I am going to a school in England because my daddy is going to America and so we are staying in England longer. I have made a friend called Bonita and the teacher is called Mrs Bovis. The class is different because there are lots more children and in the morning the teacher says good morning and everyone has to say good morning Mrs Bovis
and I miss you so much love from molly.
Mai: I miss you to. What do you do at school?
Jolie: I hope you have a good time.
Taiki: I miss you so much.
Sojiro: Are you happy?
Julia: Are you doing good?
Kento: Are you sad or are you happy? Have a good time.
Kana: Have a good trip.
Ms Yukka: I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Ms Zoe: Hello gorgeous, please have a fantastic visit. See if there are rock pools, it was my favourite thing to do in Devon when I was little… oh and fish and chips!
What we are doing:
Kana and Kento have come to our class. We are sending you some pictures of us. The cherry blossom has come out.
This is KP’s favourite You Tube video right now. It shows the differences between paper books and technology. Very funny. It has inspired them to make a trailer for their movie with 4G… more info to follow.
What the children said:
Paper doesn’t need batteries. You don’ t need to charge it. But we have books that need batteries. The iPad needs electricity. You can turn pages on the iPad. The iPad reads to you all the time. Sometimes grown ups are busy, but the iPad can read to you. You can learn to read with both books.
This is possibly one of the most amazing experiences I have had as a teacher.
I decided to just give the children the laptops and see what they did with them. First I gave the tech department some cakes so they were in a good frame of mind if the children crashed the computers 🙂 By the time I had the last child back to the room with their laptop, the children were already at work. I didn’t even get a chance to give them my ‘you can do it’ rallying call. They had already decided by themselves they were in control of this!
It just gave me goose bumps on the skin to watch this. As the children were at work a group of visiting teachers came in, they were very impressed with the level of cooperation and collaboration shown. There is lots of talk of technology making children isolated and making them mindless. I have found the children are constantly working together, talking and problem solving.
My observation would be, technology integration in the classroom is as good as the teacher and their approach. If children are allowed to think, explore and problem solve they bring this to any new area of learning. If they are constrained into thinking there is only one right way they will wait to be given that one way.
Please enjoy this video, you are going to be so proud of your child.