Inquiring Minds brings you inside Richland Academy’s Prekindergarten classroom to discover how these young students connect with technology. Thank you to Mrs. Abreu and Ms. Howe for sharing their insights.
The PK children at Richland are deeply engaged in technology within our classroom on a weekly basis. We are learning to print our first names on the Epson Board; exploring our alphabet and sounds with the Letterland Software; developing our artistic skills with drawing; and investigating the concept of math through the iPads and the Epson Board. We love to view our ‘Photo of the Day’ and ‘Flipagram’, and our favourite, reading Richland’s Inquiring Minds Blog and RA Facebook page.Experiences with technology can pave the way for unprecedented learning opportunities.
“Technology is best able to support learning when children use it to expand their knowledge in hands-on, engaging, and empowering ways.” (NAEYC, Young Children, May 2012)Technology gives children the opportunity to explore and manipulate a variety of materials. When technology is balanced with outdoor play and interactive hands-on experiences, it becomes a valuable part of the Preschool experience. Young children learn best in this way of teaching. Careful thought and planning of computer and technology use lets children explore and investigate new opportunities. “Technology is one of the most rapidly changing tools of education I have explored during my teaching career. It opens up a world of possibilities for our children.” (Mrs. Abreu)