CHS250 STEM in ECE
Unit 3 Discussion
Technology is changing the way we look at the world. As in any new behavior, we need balance, modifications, intentionality and responsibility to appropriately integrate technology tools in the classroom. Technology in Early childhood is a topic where people have strong feelings either for or against. Change isn't easy for anyone and most of us were not born with technology but into technology, which means we have to adapt to this form of communication and problem solving.
Think about the evolution of a camera from one that had flash bulbs and film rolls, to Polaroid with instant pictures, to 35 mm and zoom lens to today using an ipad or cell phone that captures pictures, videos, has editing functions to save, email, share and delete all on one device. Technology is here, for better or worse, we need to model and teach responsibility. We all realize the negative of seeing devices used for babysitting or electronic worksheets and we do not set up a computer or technology center, we integrate the tools into engaging centers.
After reading the resources on digital cameras, apps and ipads and researching tools such as, Osmo, Tiggly, Dash and Dot, Proscope mobile and Ozobot, come to the discussion board with how you would create an appropriate digital classroom. Consider things like your curriculum, how you would approach it with the children, how much time would be spent on these tools, and why you think it's important to connect these tools to your classroom areas.