As the school year approaches, I grow increasingly nervous about this new endeavor....TEACHING KINDERGARTEN. I am comfortable with the organization, curriculum and population of students; however, one thing that I came to realize this summer is that I know very little about how to utilize technology to the FULLEST with these little ones. Now, I recognize that I can fall back on good old Starfall and ABCya, but as a technology guru, I expect more from myself. Students in my 2nd grade classroom were experts at using technology, but I was lucky enough that they came to me with advanced knowledge. We have a widely diverse set of learners, but all of them had some level of expertise when they stepped through my door. I realize that young children today are born into a digitally native world; however, I also understand that the younger the child the less life (and technological) experience they will most likely have. So, I started to develop a plan and went out in research of kindergarten focused technology resources. Here are a few sites that I wanted to share:
An interesting site for beginners is www.zoopz.com. These games tap into student's creativity and critical thinking skills!
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GameGoo is another great resource! This online resource was created by Houghton-Mifflin Company and it is perfect for teachers, kids and parents.
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Here is a description of some of my favorite Kindergarten GameGoo games:
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** In addition to games that focus on manipulating the computer mouse, K-2 kids have a variety of ELA/Math integrated games to choose from.