Kindergarten Ed Tech Explorations
This is a self-guided tour of useful resources for early childhood educators to encourage thinking about how technology can be used in purposeful ways with young children.
- Find out about iPads are used in kindergarten and where to find high-quality apps and educational materials.
- Think about how you can incorporate publishing into your classroom and see some excellent examples of iBooks.
- Connect to other early childhood educators and organizations.
- See how making and tinkering can be incorporated in the ECE classrooms.
- Get started with global projects.
- Discover other professional development opportunities.
Add your ideas and resources in the comments of this Tackk. Also, check out our Evernote notebook of additional resources linked at the bottom of this page.
Tackk is a free tool for creating digital posters/handouts. It's similar to S'More and perhaps Glogster. Check out the following example of how a teacher has used Tackk for instruction. Also, check out tech integrationist Lisa Johnson's work with Tackk and other cool tools.
Examining the Possibilities with Kindergartners and Technology
Mr. Arturo Avina's kindergarten class, from LAUSD's Olympic Primary Center
1st Grade iPad Artwork Inspired by Peter Reynold's "The Dot" - Rich Colosi
Integrating Technology in a Kindergarten Classroom - Tasha Cowdy
Exploring iPad Apps
A Few App Recommendations
iPads are amazing devices for content creation, not just consumption! Ideally, educators should strive to provide opportunities for student voice and choice, designing lessons and projects that allow students of all ages to create content. The following apps are more focused on creation than consumption.
Lucy's Early Years List
Other Places to Find Apps
iPad Accessories/Learning Toys
Publishing with Young Children
These books will open up in the iBooks app on a Mac or an iPad.
- The Adventures of the Monkey and the Cat by KinderPris Ridge International School
- Connecting Classrooms: Activities to Promote Global Collaboration by Ben Sheridan
- Echo Horizon School
- Family Time with Apps by the Joan Ganz Cooney Foundation
- Found It Vol. 3 by Jason Sand and others
- Global Book: Schools Around the World by Kristen Paino
- Global Book: Shelters Around the World by Kristen Paino
- A Global iBook by Meg Wilson
- Inspired Young Authors by Jane Ross
- My Pet Monster by Jason Sand and Others
Building Your ECE PLN
Early Childhood Blogs
Educators on Twitter
Investigating Making & Tinkering
The first step to connecting globally is to get connected yourself. Use social media to meet other teachers, and you'll find that project opportunities will organically happen. Projects tend to be more successful when professional relationships are established first; people just seem to be more invested if connections happen first.
If you are new to global projects, you'll want to get to the point where you're co-designing experiences for students with virtual colleagues. In the meantime, join existing communities and projects in order to get a feel for the project design process.
Below are a few starting points and exemplars.
Thinking About PD Opportunities
Additional ECE Resources
The Chicago-based Erikson Institute has a site devoted to the role of educational technology in early years classrooms. This site is a unique resource dedicated to helping early childhood professionals and families make informed decisions about tech.
This Evernote notebook contains additional bookmarks to websites that may be of interest to early childhood educators