Communication Currents- publication
I don’t think my tablet likes this blog anymore. Part of the time it isn’t typing my post and now it is dating it weird. I updated and fixed a couple posts so it changed the dat till tomorrow. If I completely relied on this I would be completely lost on the date.
This is kind of an outline for my 20%
Main question- How can we use tech in EC?
what the Montana Early Learning Standards says about technology in the classroom (check out standard 4.23 )
NAEYC views on technology
How do we already use in our class?
Music and movement – CD’s
Check in/out-pro care
How can we use it to communicate better?
Start using Document sharing between teachers- Google Drive Many schools are switching to Google classroom as a tool I believe there are applications we can use in the early child hood classroom to communication with families.
parent sign up sheets to bring things, forms for parents-will you be here over spring break?
Emails between parents, teachers, directors
Make Newsletters more interesting use S’more
What other resources are there to make me a more efficient teacher?
Google+- creating forms
Teachers sharing videos- tutorials, ideas- pinterest, blogs
Pro-care– tracking immunizations/shots- notes to parents
Power point/ Google Slide- sharing what you have learned that week with families
Keeping up on our required training hours through childcare training online
My first topic for my project was how can I use technology to better communicate better with families. I found information such as articles and tips but I felt it wasn’t wide enough. I kept finding other great ideas I wanted to incorporate. So I broadened my subject to how can I use technology in my early childhood classroom.
As many would say technology such as app and media are not developmentally appropriate for early childhood and none is developmentally appropriate for children under two. I think it is all how you look at technology and uses. No one ever said technology has to be limited to just the children in the class but what about their parents, or how do other teachers communicate effectively? Also who says technology has to be limited to i phones and computers.
Many schools, starting in infancy through college and beyond are starting to go with the STEM or STEAM movement. What is STEM/STEAM? S= science. T=technology. E=engineering. A=art. M=math. So T being my focus today. So how in early childhood classes are they incorporating technology? It’s not as complicated as you’d think. I think many people over think it. By definition technology is a noun that is the application of scientific knowledge. Well that is everything! We think technology is apps we add to devices or videos that teacher make to keep parents up to date. It is how you look at it. For one year old technology is the toaster that they used to help make their breakfast to the pulley system the used to move the sand outside. Technology is the camera that the teachers (and their parents) use to document their development as they grow.
So I guess the most important thing I have found in my journey for my 20% project is that technology is going to keep advancing whether we dislike and avoid it or embrace it and learn from it. The more you try to pretend its not there, the harder it will be to stay caught up. Technology (even in early childhood) is a good thing for teachers. It can help us be more effective and efficient and spend more quality time in the classroom with our students.
The Stop Motion project was a little intimidating at first. 300-400 pictures to make a good video that is a lot. I found an app that was free on my Next Book and it really wasn’t as bad at I thought it was. My Stop Motion was choppy in some areas but I think it was because I needed to add more photos. There are probably better app or I just may need to play with it more. Stop motion is definitely not a one person project so I had my 10 and 12 year old girls help me. It was so easy. Over that same weekend we went to Glacier Park and they used that feature the whole time. Down side was that my tablet has a better camera for taking selfies then it does for using it like a camera. So all of their stop motions were fuzzy. If you haven’t tried stop motion, this is one for the top of your list!!!!
Parent /Teacher e-mail communication : communication between parent and teacher is an important key to success of children and this applies to young children as well
Home to school connections : getting families engaged with their children is beneficial for everyone. This is a gateway site full of resources for teachers
Impact of teacher-parent communication-journal : this was a study on the impact of parent teacher communication