Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Technology in Kindergarten

Happy Tuesday Friends and Families,

I wanted to tell you about something brand new that is happening in Kindergarten! It is so exciting. :)

Our school has a technology integrationist teacher.  His name is Kevin Grace, he's also a 5/6 grade teacher here- half time. Mr Grace's position enables teachers to have support integrating technology into our curriculums. In the past,  I have always spent time with my entire class in the tech lab doing various activities and projects. This year we are doing things a little differently.

For the next 6 weeks or so, during our literacy block, Mr. Grace will come to us with a laptop cart. As of yesterday, he has become a station during our Readers Workshop. So far, it's been great. Since we are now working in leveled reading groups, Mr. Grace and I are working together to use technology to create and find activities that are developmentally appropriate for each leveled  group. These activities vary from letter identification games to sight word games and eventually there will be some online reading and comprehension activities. So cool! The kids are doing great using the laptops. They are so excited about the new technology we are using, and are so eager to learn! I'm really proud of them!

I have also set up a classroom skype account. We are in the planning period of setting up some whole group skype activities such as video chatting with Kindergarten classes in other parts of our country! I hope to have this opportunity rolling soon! I'll keep you posted!

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