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Resources to support the teaching of ICT in the Early Years
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Computing EY Kettering 2015

Early Years and Technology 2015
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Notes from December 1st session in Kettering

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TES iboard Control and Modelling activities

TES iboard Control and Modelling activities | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Find the perfect interactive activity for your English, geography, history, ICT, maths, RE or science class.
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Lots of Control activities for EY and KS1 

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Nina and the Neurons - Nina and the Neurons: Go Digital

Nina and the Neurons - Nina and the Neurons: Go Digital | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Play the games to find out about computer technology.
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Could be useful at EY / KS1 to develop understanding of what devices contain computers, and simple programming

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Developmentally Appropriate Technology in Early Childhood Final Report

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Useful points to consider when implementing technology in EY from Iram and John Siraj-Blatchford

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Rachel Ager - Using ICT in the Early Years Foundation Stage (second article)

Rachel Ager - Using ICT in the Early Years Foundation Stage (second article) | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Teach Nursery magazine is the leading B2B title for early years teachers, practitioners and providers, offering expert advice on educating the 0–5s and operating a sustainable childcare business.
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Second article in the series, this one looks at the use of ICT across the six areas of learning

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Rachel Ager - ict-in-the-early-years.pdf

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Interesting article from Rachel Ager about measuring ICT capability in EY

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Toca Boca

Toca Boca | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
A new way to play
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Excellent range of apps for Early Years - check out Toca builders where children can create their own world from blocks...

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TES iboard: Programming

TES iboard: Programming | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
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Programming and Control activities from iBoard - start simple with Cheese Sniffer, and progress to more complex activities.

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iOS: Setting up Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad

iOS: Setting up Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.
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Guided access is really useful when you want children to focus on an app, and avoids them accidentally exiting the app too. Very simple to set up

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Help your child's learning with free tips and eBooks | Oxford Owl

Help your child's learning with free tips and eBooks | Oxford Owl | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Oxford Owl: Help your child’s reading with free tips, phonics support, free ebooks, and the latest reading news. All from Oxford University Press.
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Great site with talking 'big books' on screen

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Icon Learning's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:40 AM

Excellent free resource - have a look at some of the free e-books.

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Orbit

Orbit | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Orbit Early Years and Orbit Family, website and apps for Early Years education providers and parents, support information sharing for the benefit of children.
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Orbit app is designed to help you collect, store and assess observations of children - available for iPhone and iPad

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abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words app

"Get abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words on the App Store."

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Great app for supporting work on phonics and early reading and writing

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Paperless Assessment in Early Years: apps and ideas to consider.

Paperless Assessment in Early Years: apps and ideas to consider. | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Using ICT has always reduced the time it takes me to organise my assessments and by having a note taking and photo gathering app, which creates a learning journey, the time it takes us to file has ...
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Useful piece comparing different observation / assessment apps.
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West Hove Infants website - Computing

West Hove Infants website - Computing | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
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Lots of ideas for EY and KS1 Computing activities

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Teach Your Monster to Read - Free Phonics Games for Kids

Teach Your Monster to Read - Free Phonics Games for Kids | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Free games that help children with phonics and reading. Features Simon Farnaby from BBC's Horrible Histories.
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Thinkuknow - home

Thinkuknow - home | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
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Lee and Kim and Hector's World e-safety resources, great for introducing concepts such as keeping personal information safe and cyberbullying

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Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post

Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it

In Key Stage 2 we use the Garageband app considerably and the pupils have mastered it well, often using it in conjunction with other apps such as iMovie. However, in Reception/Year 1 there seems to be a gap between the overly simple music apps created for that age group and the complexity of Garageband. Year 1 are able to create recordings in Garageband but layering instruments can sometimes be a skill too far. Year 2 were able to do this but only with a lot of support. 

 

This term I have been using the 'Toc and Roll' app with Reception/Year 1/2 as an introduction into Garageband. It allows pupils to choose their instrument and then uses a drag and drop method for them to place a range of different musical phrases into each track. The volume of each track can be changed and effects such as reverb can be added.

 

It is effectively a simplified version of Garageband but the pupils do not play any virtual instruments. However they can use this app to learn about the process of mixing music before jumping into Garageband. I particularly like the voice recorder which divides each recording into smaller phrases.

 

The only negative I can see at present is the sharing features are quite limited. The user can upload to Youtube or save within the app itself but it is missing an ‘Open-in’ tool to save to an external storage app for assessment.

 

If you are working with younger pupils then 'Toca Band' makes a good intro to Toc and Roll as pupils can add band members playing different instruments to a stage where they all play simultaneously.

 

However, the pupils in Year 1 have enjoyed using it and I feel more confident they will hit the ground running with Garageband.


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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:22 AM

I've been looking for a prerequisite app for students whom will eventually use GarageBand in both our Tech and Piano classes.  

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CBBC - Game Builder

CBBC - Game Builder | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Build game levels with your favourite CBBC characters and shows to play and share with your friends!

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talkPrimaryICT's curator insight, February 5, 2014 1:41 PM

Great fun and intuitive introduction to computer game making.

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Crickweb | Early Years

Crickweb | Early Years | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Free online interactive EYFS, Foundation Stage and Early Years resources, activities and games. Help your child with early learning goals. Learning through play is the perfect way to teach 3-4 year olds first skills in counting, initial sounds, colours, compare and order, matching and mouse skills. Perfect for teachers to use on a white board in the classroom or for parents and children at home on a PC or Mac. Give your child a head start by using these fun education games.
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Useful for developing mouse skills, matching, ordering etc. Also great on an Interactive Whiteboard.

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Plymouth Early Years e-safety toolkit

Plymouth Early Years e-safety toolkit | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it

Excellent advice for EY settings here including lots of proformas for acceptable use policies

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busythings.co.uk

busythings.co.uk | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Over 240 award winning curriculum linked games for 3 to 7 years olds - all online!
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Fantastic website with lots of open ended exploratory websites for children. If you are in London and connected to the LGfL, you may be able to get it free through www.busythings.lgfl.org.uk - check before buying!

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Switched on ICT in the Early Years : Rising Stars - Educational Publishing Specialists

Switched on ICT in the Early Years : Rising Stars - Educational Publishing Specialists | ICT in Early Years | Scoop.it
Rising Stars are educational book and software publishers. On this site you can browse our range of products for teachers, children and parents all of which support the National Curriculum.
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Great ICT scheme for Early Years including practical activity ideas linked to the new EYFS framework.

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