EDT 500 Educational Technology

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tux Paint

Two weeks ago I downloaded Tux Paint onto the four computers in my classroom. After modeling for the children, they began using Tux Paint in the classroom. They absolutely love it! The past two weeks the children have used the program on their own, creating a wide-variety of pictures and stories. I plan on ending our insect unit with a differentiating culminating activity. The children will demonstrate what they know about insects by creating one using a variety of familiar resources. I plan on having Tux Paint available for the children to use as one of the resources. The program is developmentally appropriate for this age group (KIndergarten) and the children are highly motivated to use their creativity!

I also have a practicum student from the University of Delaware in my classroom one day a week. She is taking a course similar to EDT 500. Her first lesson is to have the children build computers from a wide-variety of materials (cardboard boxes, paper tubes, etc.). The children will have a resource book of computer parts available and will take pictures of their computers when finished. I think the children will enjoy this activity.

Monday, February 27, 2006

No More Beige Computers!

I'm so excited! Last week my classroom received two brand new computers....and they're not beige (they're black)! So far this school year my teaching partner and I have put the Edmark series (Bailey's Bookhouse, Trudy's Time and Place, Millie's Math House, etc.) on our computers. We are encouraged to have the children on Fast Forward (a drill and practice reading program); however, we let the children choose. Some children benefit more from creative thinking programs. My goal is to incorporate Kid Pix into an insect unit I'm creating for a curriculum and assessment class I'm taking. The unit will begin in early April. I'm excited to incorporate technology into the unit in a meaningful way.

Two weeks ago we had a professional development meeting devoted to technology in the classroom. I was taught (again) how to use Inspiration and Kidspiration software. Those two programs are installed on all of our computers. We were also informed how to check out the laptops on a cart to use with our classroom; however, Kindergarten wasn't included :-(

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Welcome to my blog!

Hi! This is my blog for EDT 500 at West Chester. More to come....... Jennie :-)