Math Apps, Preschoolers and Framing New Research Questions Image captured from video by Next Generation Preschool Math. For the past two years, I’ve been following the creation and development of Next Generation Preschool Math, a research and development project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is designed to shed light on how -- and if -- 4-year-olds can learn early math skills from apps designed to be used in classroom settings with teacher input and guidance. The results of the study won’t be available for another year or more, but I explored the work involved in developing apps and setting up such a study in a The New York Times piece yesterday, ”Field-Testing the Math Apps.” This is challenging research work, involving vast literature reviews on different stages of children’s cognitive development to the rounds of testing required to ensure the games work as expected.
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Exclusive: Samuel L. Jackson's Message for Parents We at Common Sense Media love entertainment. Who could review nearly 20,000 media titles without having a passion for movies, games, TV shows, websites, apps, music, and books? Our goal is to help parents make informed media decisions by consulting our reviews and age ratings. You have the power to decide what's appropriate for your kid based on where he or she is developmentally, what fits your family's values, and what you see as your kid's unique sensitivities. How Do You Know Your Students 'Got It'? - Work in Progress The learning target was clearly labeled and expressed in more than one way. The lesson went according to plan; it was flawless. Students appeared to really understand what was going on. But did they really get it? How do you know that students actually learned what you set out to teach?
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. Special considerations must be given to the use of technology with infants and toddlers. 15 Examples Of New Technology In Education What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently. 15 Examples Of New Technology In Education 1.
Long-Awaited Guidance on Using Technology in the Classroom The last time the National Association for the Education of Young Children took a position on teaching with technology it was 1996. The Web was only a few years old, portable music meant the Sony Walkman, and Einstein was still that physics genius with the mustache, not a line of DVDs for babies. But finally, 16 years later and after more than two years of drafts, discussion and often heated debates at annual meetings, the association has published a new statement on how educators should use technology with young children. (The New America Foundation was among the many organizations that made recommendations.) The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media – an organization dedicated to continuing the values embodied in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood – was a partner in the effort.
SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools Duolingo has just released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its very appealing free site for foreign language learners. The site hopes to become a top tool for language teachers and students. Current offerings are English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, and French, and the incubator shows other languages in the works. Duolingo uses a mixture of activities; students listen, speak, read, and type in a simple interface as they work through words and phrases. For basic learners, the approach is very nicely done, with popups and extras to enhance understanding and game-based elements to increase motivation.
EC Tech Collaborative The Early Childhood Technology Collaborative (ECTC). ECTC is a group of three early childhood technologists with lots of questions: Lilla Dale McManis, Ph.D.from Hatch Early Learning, Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. from Language Castle, and Fran Simon, M.Ed. from Engagement Strategies. Why a survey? Over the past several years, collectively and independently, we have researched and written about the use of technology in early childhood programs. As a result of our work, we’ve encountered many questions about how the proliferation of technology tools is impacting early learning classrooms and programs. We launched this collaborative to gather information on particular focus areas that have not been addressed in the current literature or collected in other recent surveys.
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom Many critics of Twitter believe that the 140-character microblog offered by the ubiquitous social network can do little for the education industry. They are wrong. K-12 teachers have taken advantage of Twitter’s format to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the latest technologies. The following projects provide you and your students with 50 ways to Twitter in the classroom to create important and lasting lessons. 1. IPads in the classroom: The right way to use them, demonstrated by a Swiss school Photo by Frederick Florin/Getty Images Touch-screen tablets for young students have become all the rage. Some districts are even buying iPads for every kindergartner, a move sparking both celebration and consternation. Do we really want to give $500 devices to kids who can’t even tie their shoes? What are these schools doing with these devices, anyway? Last month, I had a rare opportunity to ask those questions at a school in Zurich, Switzerland.
Middle School Math Blogs Twitter – Follow @jreulbach Check out the fabulous middle school math teachers below! These teachers believe in the #MTBoS gift culture community as promoted by Dan, Kate, Sam, Fawn, Megan and every other math teaching blogger that I follow. We all give and share freely on our blogs and at webinars like Global Math. If you know of (or HAVE) your own fabulous Middle School Math blog and would like to be a part of our community – PLEASE add it to the comments below so I can add you to my page! I Speak Math Materials by Julie Reulbach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. iPads in the Classroom and Media Mentors Is it just me, or has there been a shift lately in the way people talk about technology and young children? In addition to the still-lingering questions of "whether" screen technologies have any role in children's learning, parents and teachers seem to be hungry for more on the "how" -- How should iPads be used? How could apps fit with what I want to show or have children explore? How can I find out what works and what doesn't? In commentary for Slate last month, I described some of what I learned about these questions during a visit to the Zurich International School, a private school just outside Zurich, Switzerland. ZIS, as the school is called, has distributed 600 iPads—one to every student in first through eighth grades, plus a set for teachers in preschool and kindergarten to use with children in small groups.