by Karina Robinson
by Kelly Frey
by Abby Cronin
by Simran Kharod
This article talks about using voice recording tools in the classroom. It explains how instead of just jumping straight to writing you can record your voice and create a stronger impact with your students. This news could have a positive impact on children and their families because it brings a new way to explain and teach to your students. It can also help bring new ways to have students share books or projects they have been working on in the classroom.
I think this news will affect Early Childhood Education because it can help teachers explain things to students who might not understand when they see it in writing. It can help teachers reach out to students in a different way when they are not in the classroom.
Today’s guest blogger: “My name is Simran Kharod and I am a student at TowsonUniversity studying Early Childhood Education.”
by Farran Travers
This news article talked about an app that teachers or parents can use to enhance their children’s reading skills and teach coding at the same time. The app is called Dystopia 2153 and is a 3 episode series. Children can start at the beginner level when learning to code and work their way up to eventually code from scratch. The goal of this app is to have the children solve puzzles using coding to help Chiclet the character in the story escape from an evil villain.
This news article will affect young children and their families by giving them a variety of ways to learn coding.The amount of jobs in technology is increasing and teaching children to code is vital for their future career success.
This news article could influence Early Childhood Education by introducing new ways to teach children howto code by incorporating other content areas into coding.
Today’s guest blogger is Farran Travers
“I am an Early Childhood Education major at Towson University”
by Ashley Avelleyra
This news article listed, described and provided information about nine different websites that provide resources and necessary help for students who may need extra assistance with their homework. The nine different websites were ReadWriteThink, Khan Academy, Discovery Education,Smithsonian Education, National Geographic Kids, Starfall Parent-Teacher Centre, PBS Learning Media for Students, BrainPOP Jr., and KidInfo. After each website was listed, a link was provided for each one and a short description of the website and what the website offered. Most websites provided assistance for some to all subject areas. Examples of some resources included in the websites are interactive games, instructional videos, virtual labs/activities, etc. These websites could be used from any age level and could also help assist parents and teachers as well.These nine websites will be beneficial for young
children and families because it adds to the list of resources that children and parents might use when doing homework or acquiring the need to further develop an understanding for a certain subject area.
The nine websites can be sources that teachers can recommend to their students and their families in order to help dive deeper into a concept or further assist them in the concept. This news article incorporates technology inside and outside of the classroom because it provides internet resources to help further the understanding of a subject area through virtual activities and such rather than practicing through an activity on paper.
Today’s guest blogger is Ashley Avelleyra, an Early Childhood Education major at Towson University
by Meghan Kline
This article, written by the author of Free Technology for Teachers, was about a website called ClassFlow and the ways in which the website can help teachers design interactive and engaging lessons. ClassFlow is a free delivery application that allows a teacher to create lessons, administer quick polls, present classroom projects, and give assessments through a tablet or computer. For mobile devices, ClassFlow has created an application called “ClassFlow moments” which allows a child to engage in work on a hand-held device, while also allowing parents the ability to see what the student is doing in the classroom. According tot he article, the website can be used by all grade levels and is a great resource for the classroom when the primary teacher is and is not at school. On this website, teachers are able to first create interactive and engaging lessons using the “new lesson” tool. This section of the website allows a teacher to start a brand-new lesson, collaborate with other educators on a lesson, or select pre-made lessons that can be manipulated to fit the needs of the individual classroom. Another tool the website provides, is the “quick poll” tool. This tool not only allows a teacher to keep students engaged and apart of the lesson, but also presents data that shows a teacher what concepts of the lesson children are and are not yet grasping. Two other tools that ClassFlow provides,are the “interactive whiteboard” and “activity” tool. The activity tool allows a teacher the ability to supply students with engaging class work that can be altered to fit the needs of each student. The whiteboard,then allows students the ability to share and present their classwork or activities with the rest of the class. For example, in a video provided by the website, they show a group of students taking photos of a hands-on activity they completed in the classroom and sharing them to the whiteboard. This allowed other students in the classroom the ability to see what their peers were doing and how they went about solving the problem. The last tool the website provides is an“assessment” tool, where a teacher is able to test student’s knowledge on specific lessons and receive data and scores on each individual child. Through all the tools the website provides, ClassFlow allows an educator the ability to create valuable lessons that not only get students working with technology, but also give students an overall better classroom experience.This news will affect young children and their families because it will allow a child to receive an overall better learning experience through the different tools the website provides. Along with this,having the site available online and through an application will allow a child the ability to share what they are learning with a parent or guardian. The article discusses how the primary reason that the application was created, was to promote parent interaction and viewing. ClassFlow will also affect the activities and instruction a child is receiving because the educator now has the ability to individualize assignments and lessons for each student while keeping the main purpose of the activity or lesson present. Lastly, the website will affect the type of assistance a parent or guardian is able to give their students on certain topics, because the website allows them access to lessons and activities so they have a better background to what and how their child is learning. This in the end will affect students and families positively because it will increase the child’s knowledge and cause less frustration and confusion for parents that are trying to help their child learn.This news will influence Early Childhood Education because it will allow educators the ability to create more valuable lessons for the classroom and fit lessons better to each student’s individual needs.This website will make it easier for teachers to personalize activities so that students are receiving a similar instruction but in ways that are best fitting for each child. Along with this, the website will influence Early Childhood Education because it will allow a teacher to have faster and easier access to student data on certain class topics and help teachers see what concepts are and are not working in the classroom.The different tools that provide teachers with the ability to chart data of the classroom make it easier for teachers to gain an accurate set of data and see what concepts still need to be worked on as the lesson progresses. Lastly, this website will influence Early Childhood Education because it will help students connect to the ever-changing technology in the world and find good uses for technology in the classroom. Because the website is fitting for all ages, early childhood students will be able to easily understand what the website is asking them to do and will be able to see an appropriate use for technology in a classroom setting.
Today’s guest blogger is Meghan Kline