Jennifer Dodge - CCRC executive director's insight:
The purpose of this activity is to give workshop participants a chance to experiment with various grade- and subject-appropriate digital tools that will enable their students to tell a story or relay ideas through multimedia.
Are young children's brains (ages three through six) well suited to the use of technology? (We define technology as children using cameras, computers, tape recorders and video cameras in classroom projects.)
Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.
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Pinterest, created in 2009 and launched in March of 2010, has been ranked 10th out of the top visited social networking sites across the world, allowing users to search for pins with a specific theme or subject. According to Pearson (2011), teachers can easily bookmark or “pin” lesson plans across the web for a later date, organize resources for the classroom, share unique ideas, and allow for collaboration with students, parents, and colleagues. A good example of pinning can be found in a blog-post entitled 30 Inspiring Pinterest Pins for Teachers (2012) where the author shares 30 specific pin boards covering everything from arts and crafts to methods of classroom management through visually stimulating images. While perusing these ideas, I decided to create a group board for my own students to collaborate with one another and other teachers from around the world.
In the past, some educators and researchers have voiced concerns about the use of the Internet and computers in general with young children. However, recent research indicates that when integrated properly into early childhood classroom environment, the Internet can be an effective teaching tool, empowering children to take a more active role in their learning.
“We believe that when used appropriately, technology and interactive media have tremendous potential to nurture early learning and development,” added Rita Catalano, Executive Director for the Fred Rogers Center. “The position statement is intended to support all those who care for and about young children in making informed, child-centered decisions about these new tools.”
“We need to educate the parents.” I’ve heard that statement three times in the past week alone. Several of these are definitely on my list, but some would never work for my classroom. What would you add or take away?