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School tech: Technology, teaching and training - Beckley Register-Herald

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School tech: Technology, teaching and training Beckley Register-Herald BECKLEY — When the iRaleigh Initiative in the Raleigh County school district placed iPads with every public school student at the beginning of the school year, most teachers and...
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It seems that they need more bottom up sharing of ideas in order to compliment and help focus the bottom down training the school boards are trying to pass onto the teacher about best practices in their classroom with regards to iPad in the classroom.

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Tablets and apps for children are on the rise - Los Angeles Times

Tablets and apps for children are on the rise - Los Angeles Times | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Tablets and apps for children are on the rise
Los Angeles Times
He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones.
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How far are we from handing a kindergarten student their own tablet, like a pencil, that will be their until grade 3.  I don't think it realistic currently, but I also don't think it to be a far off cry.  Integrating technology and apps may be easier if the kids are all on the same playing field.  

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Workshops focus on helping kids prepare for kindergarten - WDRB

Workshops focus on helping kids prepare for kindergarten - WDRB | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Workshops focus on helping kids prepare for kindergarten
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(WDRB) - A new state-wide survey shows thousands of Kentucky's kids going into kindergarten are not prepared to learn.
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I find this interesting simply because many teachers like myself think of our jobs as Kindergarten teachers as getting students ready for Grade 1.  While it would be nice to get every student reading and counting before they came to school, then it would just prove the arguments of other that we don't ned a full day program since they can learn better at home.  I am not suggesting that people shouldn't help their kids as much as possible, but society needs to be realistic about the constraints of parents in lower socio economic areas.  Parent who would 18 hours a day don't have much time to read to their kids.  It is terrible, but it is the unfortunate reality of many of the students in my classroom.  

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Full-day kindergarten is failing our children - Macleans.ca

Full-day kindergarten is failing our children - Macleans.ca | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
A closer look at Ontario’s $1.5-billion-a-year full-day kindergarten experiment (ICYMI: Full-day kindergarten is failing our children: A closer look at Ontario’s $1.5-billion-a-year experiment http://t.co/ZBt0EO0OPi)...
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I don't really know what to say.  While most teachers don't really like to rely on EQAO for anything, this year it may actually help as this will be the first cohort of students who are in writing the Grade 3 EQAO and had one year of Full Day Kindergarten (FDK).  Next year they can compare how students with two years of FDK did, and so on.  As an FDK teacher, I don't know how half time programs can get to the kids enough, as I can read with students one on one at least once a week, and more often with my marker students, plus they get a more structured musics and Physical Education program than what my daughter, who is in Kindegarten, receives.  That being said, my daughter is probably more advanced than many of my students in reading, emotional and social maturity, and basic numeracy skills, so maybe the article is right.

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King: Pre-kindergarten debate raises issue of parenting - Chron.com

King: Pre-kindergarten debate raises issue of parenting - Chron.com | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Chron.com King: Pre-kindergarten debate raises issue of parenting Chron.com The discussion is being driven by a growing body of research that shows many children from underprivileged families start kindergarten behind their peers and that most...
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Is access to technology, like iPods and iPads going to further this divide between the academic skills of the haves and the have nots, since the wealthy children will have access to more interactive learning games and apps than those children from lower socio-economic areas.

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Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete - Fortune

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Evernote CEO: Apps will become obsolete
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"Apps as a concept don't make a whole lot of sense anymore," says Phil Libin, CEO of the productivity app maker Evernote.
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I use Evernote in my class as a tool for recording my students work, their thoughts and their learning.  I do find that it is something I use for only seconds at a time and that one of my issues with the technology is the process of accessing the app to record their voices, take pics and take notes.  I don't think that Apps will become obsolete in terms of how I use the technology with my students, but I can see the argument in terms of how I use the technology myself in the class.

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New study has surprising data on how we interact with apps - tuaw.com

New study has surprising data on how we interact with apps - tuaw.com | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
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New study has surprising data on how we interact with apps
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If you buy or download a new app there's a 60% chance that if you don't come back to the app within seven days, you will never return.
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I must rethink how many pas I have on my iPad, iPhone and most importantly, the iPods I use at school.  I feel there are to many apps the kids never use.  It is not that I should erase them, I just need to spend more time reflecting on whether I should introduce them more formally to the class.  I am also trapped by the difficulty that after introducing a new app, it can be up to a week before some students use it.  I need a better way of ensuring it is not always the same students using the apps.  I also need to revisit my introduction lesson and reflection time with the apps so that students who have not yet used the apps have a built up interest in the activity by the time they get a chance to use it.

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1,000 books: New library program promotes early literacy skills

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Kaleb Smith loves to read. Having just turned 3, Kaleb is already reading on his own. (A new library program's goal: Read 1,000 books before kindergarten.
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This is something that is always difficult to get parents to understand.  That is, just how important fostering a love of reading and good reading habits in our early learners.  While school is helpful for this, it is always so evident to myself and my colleagues the advantages students whose parents read to them have over those whose parents let the television be the prime mode of entertainment.

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Therapy App 411: App reviews by SLPs, OTs, and other special education professionals: Articulation Station

Therapy App 411: App reviews by SLPs, OTs, and other special education professionals: Articulation Station | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
TherapyApp411 features apps that can be used in speech language, occupational and other therapy interventions. Reviews are written by therapists.
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This looks like a great app, but the free version offers only a small percentage of the sounds my students with speech issues need help with.  In order to get the full version, it is $50, which is out of of personal budget, considering my certainty of being in kindergarten next year is unsure.  For full speech language pathologists, it is a great app as it offers progress tracking for many students.  This is a great option for dealing with a lot of students, but out of the price point for me as I only have two students who need the help and get no financial help to offset my app purchases.

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iTeach with iPads

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Innovating learning and literacy with iPads in kindergarten
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I like the idea of using the built in camera to help them promote their writing.  I have been focusing on reading, math, and more recently speech with the iPods.  This has given me some ideas that I want to incorporate into my practice.I will try this with some of my students in the spring.

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Apps We Use In Kindergarten (2013 Update)

Apps We Use In Kindergarten (2013 Update) | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
The GREEN apps have a link to a post describing how I have used the app in my class. The underlined apps are new to the list. MANY of these apps I got for FREE, follow my Free App of the Day Pinter...
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This has given me many more apps to try than I have time to explore. I like the variety of math apps as I only have a few that the kids currently enjoy exploring.  It reminds me to focus more class discussions on money as I have been negligent in this area.  I also need to find new activities in the drama centre that include money (restaurant, grocery store, lemonade stand, etc).

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Tweet from @AwkwardessLuLu

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Nanana BATDUCK!
My nephews kindergarten project made out of my old fabric http://t.co/fBeOpl5eJe
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This a great example of how we can use digit tools to open the audience of traditional activities by kindergarten students.  The use of old fabric to create an artwork is not new, but using digital tools like twitter to share these works open up the audience of the student to family and friends around the world who would not usually be engaged in daily activities of kindergarten students.

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Not so fast: Home schooling trumps full-day kindergarten

Not so fast: Home schooling trumps full-day kindergarten | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Research shows home-schooled kids outperform their public-school peers. So why so is there little or no financial encouragement for parents to take it on?
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I agree if the home is capable of good home schooling.  I'm sure that a parents who can play and read with their kids all day will learn to read more than in my classroom of 25 kids where I can only read with my lower students more than twice a week one on one and only three times a week in a small group.  While I do while class reading a couple of times a day, I don't think the article is really comparing apples to apples.  It also doesn't look at the benefits of building a comfort level at their future grade school, the building of social networks for students and their confidence it brings for when they get into grade one.  

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Smule Raises More Money for Magic Piano and Its Other Music Apps - Re/code

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Smule Raises More Money for Magic Piano and Its Other Music Apps
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Smule's apps use the now-standard freemium model, which means they make most of their money from a very small slice of their customers.
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This app looks great for my kids, both at school and at home.  I can see it helping with fine motor skills, plus giving a great introduction to music, specifically the piano.  

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10 Things About Work You Should Have Learned In Kindergarten - Business Insider

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10 Things About Work You Should Have Learned In Kindergarten
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Some of you know that my firstborn is six years old and in kindergarten. He's learning all the basics — how to add, how to read, how to tie his shoes.
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While I don't agree with all of the items, most of these things are reminders of the priorities I need to place on what I want my students to learn, and therefore on things that I need to model as their teacher. 

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Ottauquechee Kindergarten Takes To The Woods - Vermont Public Radio

Ottauquechee Kindergarten Takes To The Woods - Vermont Public Radio | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Vermont Public Radio Ottauquechee Kindergarten Takes To The Woods Vermont Public Radio Private schools throughout the world are latching onto Forest Kindergarten, but in Vermont, there are only two public programs: at Ottauquechee, and at the...
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While it is obviously quite different than using iPods in the kindergarten class, there are some ideas from the video here that do map onto my own beliefs on how I run my classroom.  The main one is the idea of kids negotiating different terrains on their own, or in small groups of just their peers.  This is similar to how the kids are sometimes left to explore a new app in my classroom without any instruction to see how well they can learn the app.

On another point, I think that it is important to turn off the tech, get on the boots and get dirty.  My admin at my school is always so scared of sending the kids outside even if it is raining just a little.  As a kindergarten team, we have made a decision that since our playground is a little hidden from the rest of the school, we can get a little more wet and not play by the same rules as the rest of the school. We do have a woods nearby that we often go walking in, but this year have seen a runaway's teen camping out, and smelt some illegal activities a few times, so admin is becoming more hesitant to alls us to continue exploring these areas.

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Kindergarten program changes continue - Hibbing Daily Tribune

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Kindergarten program changes continue
Hibbing Daily Tribune
HIBBING — Efforts to prepare for all day, every day kindergarten are in full force throughout the Hibbing School District.
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I like that not only are they planning on bringing in more technology into the schools and that the technology is mobile in its size and portability, that they have also brought in positions that in theory will be slotted or designed to teach the teachers how to integrate the technology into their practice.  What I did not see was any funding in place for professional develop for teachers to learn on their own how to integrate the technology, and more importantly to combat the issues of teacher's negative attitudes towards technology, especially in areas like kindergarten that have traditionally been less exposed to technology (at least in my own personal experience).

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Using technology to enrich kindergarten conversations

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One of the most wonderful things about working with 5- and 6-year-olds is their ability to talk and communicate how they feel, their opinion, their ideas a

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I have used images to engage students in their reading.  For example, we read a 'Magic Treehouse Book' where the character went to a coral reef, so we looked at pictures of reefs and saw how beautiful the reef was and how the author used words to try and get us to see this in our mind.  This article makes me realize that part of the benefit of technology is to make actual personal connections for the students.  I should have or could have reached out to other classroom in China during Chinese new years, or even just the Mandarin School in Toronto.  This would have helped make those connections stronger for my students with the topic of inquiry we were engaged in.

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Apps for Speech and Language Development | The Spectronics Blog

Apps for Speech and Language Development | The Spectronics Blog | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, often each of us, in some way, is helping to improve the speech and language skills of students/children. So many children...
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This a great list of apps for speech and language, but many of them are only for the iPad.  My favourite of the ones listed is Talking Tom.  It is a Cat that repeats what you say.  The kids are really engaged with the app.  It is cheap and worth me downloading as it is fun for my own kids as well as the kids on school.  The problem I have had in the class with this ap is that the kids tend to group around the student using the app and it detracts from the energy and productivity of the classroom.  I have gotten one of my two parents who children have speech issues to get the app for home.  Initial costs of getting an iPod or iPad make it not possible for the other family.  Also, the parents of the other child say he does not like hearing his voice, so it is difficult to get him to explore the app.  

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Using an iPod Touch in the Primary Classroom | Primary Tech

Using an iPod Touch in the Primary Classroom | Primary Tech | Multimodal Literacy with iPod touch | Scoop.it
2011 is the fourth year I've been using an iPod Touch in my classroom. My students enjoy using these hand held devices and they can be used to enhance student
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The best idea I gained from this link is the headphone splitter.  I have focussed on apps, rather than on the original purpose of iPods which is to listen.  I can easy download books on tape from audio CDs I have with corresponding books.  This is something I will have to discuss with Admin regarding allocation of funding for the primary division.  

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Kindergarten

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Apps Demonstrated:  ABC Tracer, ABC Pocket Phonics, Coins, Bob Books
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Some good ideas here.  I like using ABC tracer.  I had previously used Wet, Dry, Try which is a 'Handwriting without Tears' product.  'Wet Dry, Try can only be used on iPads, and I am trying to focus on apps that can be used with iPods in order to separate my personal iPad from the used iPods that I bought for the class.

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Chapter_3_Multimodal_Literacy_M_Walsh.pdf

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This acts as a reminder to me that even though I am often looking for multimodal apps to engage the kids in reading and writing, I still need to focus most of my time coming up with engaging ways of engaging the kids in authentic reading and writing activities in the centres around the classroom.

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