Talking Pens and Flip-Cameras Transform Learning in Preschool
Recorded: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 @ 7:00 am - 7:40 am HST
Duration: 40 minutes
The availability of multiple forms of technology is changing the way in which young children learn and discover their world. Rather than focusing on how technology fits into existing curricula, this interactive presentation will focus on the new ways technology allows children to create meaning and make sense of their world that extends beyond traditional reading and writing activities using slides and videos. This presentation is based on a qualitative case study I conducted in a Montessori preschool to explore the ways children preferred to use technology for learning when multiple technology tools were made readily available to them. Attendees will learn how the addition of Smartpens, Flip-Video Cameras, and Digital Cameras to the environment provided children with daily opportunities for using technology to express learning in multiple forms. Findings from my case study will describe the ways preschool children preferred to use technology to express ideas, to write stories, and to visually document and share learning experiences with others. Attendees will hear and “experience” how children from my study grew more confident as writers using the “talking pen” and were more motivated to learn through the lens of a camera. This presentation will offer practical tips on how to design and manage learning environments with accessible technology tools that will transform learning in preschool.