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Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom By Kimberly Moore Kneas, Ph.D. and Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. Early Childhood Today: Are young children's brains (ages three through six) well suited to the use of technology? Dr. I see technology doing the same things today. Modern technologies are very powerful because they rely on one of the most powerful genetic biases we do have — the preference for visually presented information. The problem with this is that many of the modern technologies are very passive. Sitting young children in front of a television for hours also prevents that child from having hours of other developmental experiences. On the other hand there are many positive qualities to modern technologies. ECT: Do you see the use of specific things like computers as part of an early childhood curriculum as being powerful enough to change brain development the same way you've just described television? Dr. Back to top Dr. Children need real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from available technologies.

"Unplug Me" Activity Lesson Description:Students will battle energy vampires by creating reminders to unplug appliances for their schools and homes. they can design original reminder cards and hang them around the room near energy vampires. Eco-fact: The average home has 20 electrical appliances that are “energy vampires”. that's because the appliances continue to suck electricity even when they're off. Energy vampires cost $3 billion a year -- or about $200 per household. To help stop energy vampires, plug appliances into surge protectors that can easily be turned off to cut the flow of energy. Procedure: Sustainability Topic:Energy GEF Program Category:Green Energy Challenge Time Needed:30 minutes Materials Needed:3 x 5 (or 5 x 7) index cardscoloring utensils Submitted By:Green Education Foundation School or Group:GEF Contact Email:service@greeneducationfoundation.org

First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts Jackie Silberg's Favorite Early Childhood Education Websites | Miss Jackie Silberg Here are some of my favorite links to other noteworthy web sites with information and activities pertaining to early childhood education, development and fun! This list will be expanding as we go and we welcome any suggestions you may have! Send them to: jsilberg@interserv.com Gryphon House Publishers A wonderful early childhood publisher with fabulous books and hundreds of free activities to download. Its purpose is to provide teachers and parents with the best materials available to aid in the development and education of young children. Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. Zero to Three. I Am Your Child A source of information about childhood development as well as resources for parents and care-givers. www.familymedallion.com Resources for celebrating adoptions, blessings/baptisms and family weddings. National Association for the Education of Young Children. Music with Mar Maryann "Mar." Musication Creating arts and audiences for the future. Sharon MacDonald.

Making Learning Fun Early Childhood Learning: Activities and Articles for Birth to Age 5 Easter & Passover Get ready for fun classroom crafts: Easter and Passover are both approaching! Passover begins Friday, April 14 and Easter is Sunday, April 20. Poptropica Teaching GuidesPoptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island. April Calendar of Events April is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Common Core Lessons & Resources Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Videos Do your students love videos?

The Teacher's Desk- Free Printables for your Program or Classroom- 2care2teach4kids.com Welcome to The Teacher's Desk brought to you by 2care2teach4kids. Find all kinds of great printable resources to use in your preschool, daycare, or early childhood program. Sit back, grab a beverage, and check out all the new printable pages for you to download for free! After you look at what is on the desk be sure to take a peek inside The Teacher's Files! There are tons of free printable activity sheets that reinforce early learning concepts and skills. Advertisment: Click on the links to go to the PDF files to download and print. You may print copies for your own personal use. Please do not copy these to any other medium. You can down load it for free at

Preschool Outdoor Activities Outdoor Transparent PaintingPreschool children use both large and fine motor skills and teachers can introduce a new vocabulary word, transparent, during this creative early childhood activity by Susi. Materials: Long strip of clear plastic (sheet), tempera paints (lots of colors), paint brushes, wire to hold up the plastic sheet, and a fence. Description: Let the children help in attaching the plastic to the fence thereby encouraging participation and the use of large motor skills. Ask the children to paint the 'canvas' with any images they like, or you can provide ideas according to your theme. These murals are an amazing addition to any outside play area. Outdoor Car WashEncourage social skills as preschool children participate in this warm weather water play activity from Betty N. Materials: Riding cars, sponges, and shallow dishes of soapy water. Description: During outside time, set up an area where the children can pretend to be a car wash. Materials: Medium size playground ball.

Using Robotics to Teach Computer Programming Photo Dash is a small blue robot that can be programmed to play the xylophone, kick a ball, act like a dog and deliver messages — for instance, a prerecorded rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song. Its head, which spins around, has a single, Cyclops-like eye. Sometimes Dash emits a cheerful chime — a sign that it approves of its programmer’s actions. Saurabh Gupta, one of Dash’s creators, says these anthropomorphic qualities make the robot “more like a friend or a companion” than an object — and therefore more likely to appeal to its programmers, meant to be children as young as 5. Mr. Like one of its competitors, KinderLab Robotics, Wonder Workshop was founded by parents who were frustrated by a lack of opportunities for their children to learn programming. This fall, Wonder Workshop, based in San Mateo, Calif., will begin delivering its robots to customers who participated in a crowdsourced fund-raising campaign on its website. Ms. Last year, Ms. Ms. As it is, Dr.

Technology and Young Children Key Messages When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children. Limitations on the use of technology and media are important. View Key Messages Summary (PDF) Examples of Effective Practice View Examples of Effective Practice (PDF) Technology That Supports Early Learning Pre-recorded Webcast: Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs This prerecorded 21-minute webcast addresses key messages in the position statement. View the webcast 20 Brain Break Clips: Movin' and Groovin'! - teachtrainlove.com Image Courtesy of VDRG DANSSCHOOL Hello all! Seeing that my post 20 Brain Break Clips: Fight the Fidgeting! got so much love via Twitter and Pinterest, I decided to compile another list of excellent brain break clips for the classroom. These videos are great to pop on in between lessons and can also be used on a rainy day for indoor recess. Tip: Be sure to pull up privately before broadcasting to avoid any questionable ads. 1) Kidz Bop ‘Say Hey’ Video 2) VINCI ‘The Hokey Pokey’ Video 3) They Might Be Giants ‘Clap Your Hands’ Video 4) ‘Move to Learn’ Fitness Break Video 5) ‘Everybody Dance Now’ Slug Video 6) Kidz Bop ‘Shuffle’ Video 7) Yogabbagabba’s ‘I Like To Dance’ Video 8) Kidz Bop ‘Chicken Noodle’ Soup Video 9) Eric Herman’s ‘Ants in Your Pants’ Video 10) Just Dance ‘Roar’ Video 11) Just Dance Kids ‘Kids in America’ Video 12) Kinect Star Wars Video 13) Just Dance ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ Video 14) Happy Feet Dance Video 15) Bazooka Bubble Gum Rap Video 17) Just Dance ‘Happy’ Video

5 Energizing Early Childhood Education Outdoor Learning Activities Experiencing nature is becoming a bigger part of today’s school classroom. From gaining knowledge about new animals and their beginnings, to plants and how they grow, there is so much to learn in an early childhood education outdoor learning classroom. Learning takes time, and outdoor learning is no exception. Below we laid out five energizing early childhood education outdoor learning activities and explained why they are important for the little ones you’re teaching day-to-day. 1. Painting This is not your everyday painting; it’s painting and watching your creation evaporate. 2. Schools with gardens are becoming extremely popular these days. at, so they can lead a healthier lifestyle. 3. Teach your current or future students about the life cycle and the history behind the animals they see outdoors. 4. Similar to the animal investigation model above, take your students outdoors and have them experience plant life. 5.

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