I take the children to the computer lab every Tuesday/Thursday. After a mini-lesson, the children utilize web based educational games that specifically complement the Common Core Standards.
I encourage students to use vocabulary such as: “browser”, “link”, “monitor”, “space bar”, etc… I also encourage early keyboarding skills. Please check out the “Games” category on the right. Those are some of the educational games we use in the lab.
I am graduating in December from MSU with a Masters in Educational Technology. Early exposure to technology will help your child be better prepared for first grade. Here is a copy of the Michigan GLCEs for Technology:
I purchased a subscription to MORE.STARFALL.COM for our class. This awesome site focuses on Literacy and Math. Each student gets to create a log-in and password with an individualized avatar. I can track their progress as well.
more.starfall.com is not available for home use under my subscription because I only have enough “authorizations” for the 30 computers in the lab. You can purchase it through their website for home use for $35 a year if you would like to.
The free version of starfall is also available for home use: starfall.com
We have a Classroom iPad!!
Our class will be piloting an iPad program this year! Our class was given an iPad to use for the year.
It is a great opportunity!