Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom
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Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom
A curated collection of ideas and resources that equip teachers using the Australian National Curriculum with new and exciting ways to include technology in their teaching.
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ICT in the Early Years - E2BN

ICT in the Early Years - E2BN | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it

Do you need help to plan ICT in the Early Years?

Here you can find out how you can plan for ICT so that it underpins each principle of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), look at how the principles of the EYFS can inform practice in developing uses of technology in the Early Years and find resources, CPD materials and practical advice. Brillliant!


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Kelly A. Roper's insight:

Planning for ICT use in the early years classroom is not always an easy feat. This site, although from the UK, is full of creative ideas for implementing technology in our Australian classrooms. 

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Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com

Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
PicLits.com is a creative writing and e-learning site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. It is a forum for creative writing, social interaction, and can also be used as a teaching tool.
Kelly A. Roper's insight:

PicLits (2013) is a fantastic Web 2.0 teaching tool for inspiring communication and creativity in your classroom. It provides students with aesthetic stand-out images and word banks for writing a caption, short paragraph or poem. Students can comment on the work of their peers and even leave them a star rating. As a teacher, I plan on using PicLits to introduce creative writing in the following ways:

 

By choosing an image to show on the interactive whiteboard and encouraging students to then, either collaboratively or independently, discuss words they might use to tell a story about what is happening in that image.To prompt students when writing journal or blog entriesIn Science or SOSE projects to describe the nature of those photos and what is happening in them

 

I also plan to use PicLit when teaching Mathematics to develop 1-to-1 correspondence, illustrate real world mathematical problems of space and volume and to recognise and describe various shapes (PicLit, 2013).

 

There are endless ways to use PicLit in the classroom that can only be limited by the teacher’s lack of imagination. The Australian Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2013) makes it clear in focus area 2.6 that teachers need to implement strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students and I believe PicLit is one very effective resource to help teachers achieve this.

 

 

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (2013). Australian professional standards for teachers. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/Standards/AllStandards

 

PicLits (2013). Inspired picture writing. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx

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E is for Explore!

E is for Explore! | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
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E is for Explore! is a convenient one stop resource for teachers that assists them in developing unique learning activities (both online and not online) for their students. It is an Australian based blog that ensures all of its activities conform to the National Curriculum Standards - making it super easy to use! In particular I love the featured hands on and technology based science projects shared - especially the 'Sneakers' design project on the 'Technology Tools for Teachers' page. 

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Best of School Tools: Q1 2013 - EdSurge (blog)

Best of School Tools: Q1 2013 - EdSurge (blog) | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
EdSurge (blog)
Best of School Tools: Q1 2013
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Titles range from Abuela in the K-5 space to Walk Two Moons for middle schoolers, Kite Runner for high schoolers, and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for higher education.
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My favourite.... The Calm Counter! : ) Have been searching for a great noise monitor to use in my classes and looks like I have finally found it thanks to the 'Best of School Tools: Q1 2013' blog. I love when people share their creative ideas for the classroom online with the rest of the world. Thank you! It helps!! 

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Planbook.com - Online Teacher Lesson Planning

Planbook.com - Online Teacher Lesson Planning | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
Planbook.com - The easiest way to create and manage your lessons online, developed by teachers for teachers.
Kelly A. Roper's insight:

Firstly I would like to recognise that Planbook is not only for the early years classrooms, but rather for every and any class. Currently I am on professional experience with a school whose teachers all successfully use this online program to plan their lessons and daily, weekly and yearly schedules. Although it does come at a small cost to subscribe, the advantages of using Planbook are that it easily allows teachers to keep headmasters up-to-date with their teaching schedules, to share their lessons with other teachers and to have information made readily available for relief teachers who may come into the classroom at short notice. Teachers can also choose to share information stored on their plan with their students and all information can be readily printed.

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Best Online Kids Games/Activities

Best Online Kids Games/Activities | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
In the 21st Century, And at the speed the Internet is growing their is nothing you can not find on the Internet that isn't free. This is one reason why this...
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This site provides us with a list of the best online games for kids that are also free! As a mother and teacher I am forever reaching into my pocket to purchase materials and resources and love that we now, in the rapidly growing technological 21st Century, have available to us many free resources online. My aim is to collect a bank of as many online games and applications that I can that will enhance both my teaching and my students (and children's) learning.

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Percolator - Photo Mosaic App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Percolator - Photo Mosaic App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
Percolator for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is a fun and unique application that turns your photos into dazzling, colorful mosaics.
Kelly A. Roper's insight:

Percolator 2.0 is a fun way to transform photos and drawings into unique mosaics using a variety of different tools that are easy to use. The percolator image I have posted was created from a simple tree, flowers and butterflies drawing that my 5 year old daughter drew for me. I look forward to using this app in the classroom for basic art activities and also as a fun way for students to colourfully showcase their knowledge in images. For example, in Year 1 Science where they must identify a range of habitats (ACARA, 2012), they could perhaps draw pictures of their local landscapes and run their images through the percolator app. They would then describe their image and suggest how people can use science to help care for environments.


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ACARA (2012). Science: Foundation to year 10 curriculum. In The Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science/Curriculum/F-10


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Technology in The Early Childhood Classroom

Technology in The Early Childhood Classroom | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it

We often talk about iPads in K-12 classrooms, the availability of information on the web for college students to access, and a host of other similar topics in too many categories to mention. But we don’t often broach the topic of technology in early childhood education classrooms. 


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Although we are encouraged as teachers using the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2012) to develop ICT capability in our students as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school, we can see from this survey that really there are very few teachers in our early years classrooms making use of the technological resources available to them. I challenge teachers to view creative ways to implement technology and to invest their time in getting to know the programs and resources available to them.

 

ACARA (2012). Australian curriculum: information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/Information-and-Communication-Technology-capability/Introduction/Introduction

 

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Haylee King's curator insight, June 3, 2013 11:07 PM

This interesting creative information board provides educators with a range of reasons and results as to why technology is so important in the Early Childhood classroom context. It is interesting to see quantitative results that show concrete evidence of why technology education is viewed the way it is, and to look at how other schools or countries may compare. This ScoopIt could be used possibly in professional development gatherings or staff meetings in schools to provide a benchmark or topic of debate about technology use in schools today.

Kelly A. Roper's comment, June 9, 2013 1:04 AM
Thank you Haylee for this valuable information. I too have a Scoop.It page that focuses on creatively using technology in the early years classroom and it was indeed interesting to see in a survey format the percentage of teachers that are actually implementing technology into their lessons and in what ways. I am currently working in a school that has access to a wide range of ICT resources and yet has very little involvement with them. With so many resources available it is hard to understand why, but I believe it is because many teachers have little time to professionally engage with these resources and know little about how to utilise them in their lessons. This information would indeed be useful to share with teachers in staff meetings to encourage their involvement with technological resources.
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www.tpack.org

www.tpack.org | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
Kelly A. Roper's insight:

There is little point in having a large bank of technological resources to use in your classroom without having the knowledge needed to implement those resources effectively – which is why I have included the TPACK model in my curated collection. TPACK stands for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge and is a framework that interplays three primary forms of knowledge (content, pedagogy and technology) with one another and emphasizes the new kinds of knowledge that arise between them (Koehler, 2012). In referring to the TPACK framework when deciding on how to incorporate web 2.0 tools with your class you will have a better understanding of how to apply those tools to better enhance student learning and also meet requirements of the Australian National Curriculum – which although it does not include ICT as a particular subject area, does encourage the use of ICT across all subject areas (ACARA, 2013). Similarly, for each standard of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2013) there is an ICT elaboration. For example, focus area 3.4 requires that teachers select and use resources that demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning. The TPACK framework helps teachers to plan for and implement effective teaching and learning using the ICT resources they collect.

 

 

ACARA (2012). Information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/GeneralCapabilities/Information-and-Communication-Technology-capability/Introduction/Introduction

 

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (2013). Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/Standards/AllStandards

 

Koehler, M.J. (2012). TPACK. Retrieved June 9, 2013, from http://www.tpack.org

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Need to create a diagram? - Education Scotland

Need to create a diagram? - Education Scotland | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
Free Technology for Teachers: Video - How to Use the New Features of Socrative. RT @rmbyrne: Video - How to Use the New Features of ....
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Free online lesson plans | Lesson Buffet

Free online lesson plans | Lesson Buffet | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
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As a teacher, I love that we now have available to us, in most classrooms, interactive whiteboards. Opposed to the simple blackboard of long ago which tired teachers hands and filled their noses with chalk dust, the interactive whiteboard not only allows teachers to write information but to also display information technologica resources such as PowerPoint presentations, videos, games and a variety of other online resources. What I do find challenging though is that it is not always 'a-piece-of-cake' to locate valuable resources that I can use during my lessons on the interactive whiteboard.

 

Lesson Buffet is a free resource that offers lesson plans as well as interactive whiteboard resources full of ideas for teachers to use immediately in the classroom. It also provides teachers for a space to submit, store and share their own plans and resources as well as a forum where teachers can discuss their teaching experiences, ideas, classroom strategies and challenges.

 

In my early days as a teacher I have learnt to value the feedback I receive from other teachers who are more experienced that I and hope to use sites like this one to compound my ideas in order to grow professionally. 

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Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
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The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. It was created by Richard Byrne - a highschool teacher, writer, and blogger who runs professional development workshops focused on helping teachers implement technology into their classrooms. Over the years this blog site has been awarded many times - and it is easy to see why, with practical guides to creating blogs and websites, video creation tools and resources, Google tutorials and educational iPad and Android apps. 

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iPad As....

iPad As.... | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
EdTechTeacher provides professional development services to teachers, schools, districts, and administrators.
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iPads are now used weekly, if not daily, in our schools. This site is perfect for teachers looking to incorporate technology into their curriculum using iPads as it provides a list of objectives connecting teachers to recommended apps and tools. Each app description also comes with 'tips' for how to best use them with your students. Although many of these are best suited to older students, there are some great apps for younger iPad users, including ScreenChomp, Doodlecast Kids, G Blogger and Videolicious. 

 

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The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech

The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech | Creative Ways to Implement Technology in the Early Years Classroom | Scoop.it
Through commenting, families can be a part of what is happening in our classroom and have real time access to their child's education. Encouraging parent participation in ...
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Blogging is a fantastic starting point for introducing technology and collaboration into your classroom. As well as it being a fun and interactive way to communicate with your students and include parents' participation in the classroom it also has many educational benefits, such as encouraging and improving upon a child's social and literacy skills, as well as  assisting student's to become more ICT literate. This 'Primary Tech' blog on 'blogging' by Kathleen Morris includes a range of articles giving tips to teachers for how they can introduce blogging in their classrooms, discusses a range of benefits linked to blogging and provides a variety of blogging ideas.

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