Wooden toy that teaches toddlers the basics of coding.

by Jaclyn Soldinger

www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/business/smallbusiness/stem-education-technology-engineering-coding-toys

This wooden toy teaches toddlers how to code in a way that they think that they are playing a game. It is made of entirely of wood and it moves around based on the code that the child created. The sole purpose of this toy is to teach young children how to code without looking at screen. This is extremely innovative since most coding programs for children require them to look at a screen.

This will affect young children because they will be comfortable with the concept of cubettocoding at a young age. This is something to consider since coding may become a part of the curriculum in an elementary school. This would affect families because this toy robot costs a ton of money. It is in the $200 range. Therefore, I could see parents wanting to donate money to a school towards the toy rather than buy one for home since the schools may be able to keep it safer.

This will influence Early childhood education because the educator should incorporate this toy in the pre-kindergarten classroom to teach their students about coding without a screen. This would be effective for this especially, since many schools are using computers in elementary schools so it would be a useful skill. However, it costs a lot of money therefore, it is not ideal for a pre-kindergarten classroom because children could break it unless the school has a safe place to store the toy.

Today’s guest blogger is Jaclyn Soldinger

Early Childhood Education major who is interested in English Language Learning and Special Education.

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The Future of Preschool

by Katie Kojan

http://www.educationdive.com/news/indiana-weighs-virtual-preschool-program/440139/

The article is about how legislators in Indiana are considering an investment in early education software that would be free to families in the state. The software is dedicated to kindergarten prep that uses technology to ensure free access to early childhood education to every student in the state.

This software would be a huge benefit for low-income families who can’t afford preschool. It will give students ahead start right before entering kindergarten. This software can eliminate the achievement gap between students who went to preschool and those who didn’t.junk

If this investment is fulfilled and is successful it will be a huge step forward in terms of early childhood education. If this were to be implemented in every state children coming into kindergarten will be entering close to the same education level. Preschool is currently a privilege for children as they have an advantage when they come into kindergarten. This software can boost a child’s cognitive development before they enter grade school.

Today’s guest blogger is Katie Kojan

I’m in my third year at Towson University pursuing Early Childhood Education.”

 

Make STEM Social to Motivate Preschoolers

by Victoria Mosley

http://www.naeyc.org/blogs/make-stem-social

This news article discussed the importance of STEM activities for young students. There was a description of a case study of two sets of preschoolers who work on two different STEM activities in different environments. One group was told to work independently and the other was assigned to a  color group and were placed in a social environment. The students were observed while doing the math and puzzle activity. They concluded that the students who were socializing during the activity developed a better understanding and were more interested in this STEM assignment. The article also gave some tips for teachers to use when encouraging STEM use. Teachers should use social language when talking about STEM activities. For example,teachers should use words such as “us”, “together”, and“group” to make all the students feel equal and confident int heir learning. Overall, this article explains the importance of early STEM use in a classroom.

This news, hopefully, will positively affect young children and their families. It gives information about the importance of early STEM learning through social interactions. Families can work on these types of activities at home so the student can become fluent in STEM. This article also discusses the stereotypes of STEM such as the idea that boys are better at STEM than IMG_9351girls are. Then the article states ways to ignore the stereotype and negative opinions by using social language. If parents and teachers use this social language it can help students feel confident in their work and confident in STEM.

This article will influence Early Childhood Education greatly. The more teachers and caregivers expose STEM to young children, the better the child will understand these categories. This article and others related to STEM could create a huge impact on education. For example, in the future classroom there could be a block of time during the day for students to work on STEM work. This should be implemented in young grades as well as older grades. If STEM does eventually receive its own block for younger students, it will give them a great amount of time to work at this area and become fluent as they advance by grade.

Today’s guest blogger is Victoria Mosley