Cohort Two

January 21, 2011


Preschool Technology Use survey on Survey Monkey
Click here to take survey

Complete a self assessment on your use of assistive technology
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Today's Objectives

  • Understand and build comfort with personal use of technology - Expand your ability to use technology in different ways (document, create materials, communicate)
  • Design instruction that utilizes technology to support all children - Proactively plan for diversity in the classroom and intentionally plan for technology use/access
  • Engineer the classroom environment with technology in mind - Ensure that all children have access to developmentally appropriate activities using technology

Reasons we started this project

Here is the link to watch Did You Know 3.0 on YouTube

Personal Use Focus Areas

  • Communicating with Others
  • Documenting Children's Learning
  • Creating Materials and Productivity

Communicating with Others

  • Sharing/Informing Information
  • Collaborating
  • Ongoing communication with families, coworkers

Technology Applications

Documenting Children's Learning - a way to look at children's process and progress over time

  • Progress
  • Interests and preferences
  • Relationships
  • Effectiveness of strategies
  • Assessment
  • Experiences
  • Learning (classroom and individual)

Technology Applications

  • Word processing program - Microsoft Word - Creating checklists and organizing documentation
  • Digital Camera - For process and progress
  • Flip Video
  • Voice Recorder - Language samples, notes
  • VoiceThread

Here's an article titled "Documentation in a Lab School Setting: Teaching New Teachers to Document" from the The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting

Creating Materials and Productivity

  • Creation of teaching materials, download
  • Using the documentation collected
  • Organizing and editing of information collected

Technology Applications

  • PowerPoint
  • Boardmaker
  • VoiceThread
  • Online self publishing sites

Here is the presentation for this section on Slideshare

Online Timer

On the Resources page there are a TON of links to Boardmaker and PowerPoint activities

  • Excellent series of PowerPoint Tutorials for PowerPoint 2007
  • Self Publishing Sites
    • Lulu
    • Blurb- has free software that you can download to layout your books
    • Illustory- kits to create individual books that are published in hardcover
  • Online Multimedia Shared Slideshow - Voicethread
  • Here is a link to Patti's wiki where there are PowerPoint templates for classroom stories
  • Here is a link to Meghan Ellar's personal page where she shared more PowerPoint templates

All Kids

Article - What Should a Preschooler Know About Technology? - from Scholastic

Article - Young Children and Computers: Storytelling and Learning in a Digital Age from Teaching Exceptional Children (scroll down to June/July 2010)

Article - The Digital Camera: A Tool for Creative Teaching from Teaching Exceptional Children (scroll down to February 2008)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Links

Good intro video on UDL from the National Center on UDL.

Cast YouTube Channel A YouTube Channel that provides videos on UDL.

A one page graphic displaying the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines is attached at the bottom of this page

National Center on Universal Design for Learning. This is where you can find out more information on the UDL Guidelines.

NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. NECTAC serves all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions with an array of services and supports to improve service systems and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with special needs and their families. This UDL link provides many other links to online books, tool kits, articles and National Centers related to Universal Design for Learning.

CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies. Its staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more.

Engineering The Classroom

Article - Meaningful Technology Integration in Early Learning Environments from NAEYC (scroll down for the link)


  • Make things (technology, activities, materials) accessible to students as a matter of course
    • Three Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • How can children access technology of all kinds in different areas of the classroom
  • How do you introduce technology to children (digital cam, webcam, flip)
  • Six areas of access
    • physical/motor
    • sensory
    • cognitive
    • engagement/motivation
    • social/participation
    • communication

Here is the PowerPoint for this section on Slideshare


Different types of "technology"

Digital voice recorder
Request on Donors for a digital voice recorder
Digital Voice Recorders turn Students into Reporters

Creating with Media: Preschoolers from PBS
Tape recorder
CD player
Digital camera
Webcams link 3-year-old, her classmates

Flip video

Overhead projector
Amplification system
Language Master
AAC devices available at centers (Big Mack, Step-by-Step)
Interactive white boards (e.g. SmartBoard, Promethean)

iPod Touch


Document camera


Click here to go to the Stixyboard that I created to gather feedback on today's session


  • Photo Sharing sites
    • Shutterfly - can also create your own free share sites. Possibly a good choice for a classroom site. At Shutterfly you can share pictures so that people can download them, not just order prints. You can also create photo books.
    • Snapfish
  • Picasa photo editing software - free download
  • Blogging Tools - sort of an online journal, possibly a place to share classroom news. Others can comment.
  • Website Hosting - free places to put your classroom website
  • Voicethread - Online multimedia shared slideshow. You can protect your VoiceThread so that only people who know the URL can see it. You can also choose to allow comments or not.
  • Self Publishing Sites - you can upload your book and order a printed copy in color or black and white and in hardcover or paperback
  • Online video sites - to post video or just watch it
  • Flip video links
  • Video Chat - two free sites to let you connect with others using a web cam
  • Open Office - Word processing/presentation/spreadsheet suite similar to Microsoft Office but free! - Use for creating documentation, classroom stories, newsletters, etc.
  • Diigo social bookmarking