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Use of web2 tools with young kids

Amina Ghafoor

With the changing trends of the world teachers strategies and their role in the classroom is also changing each day.Teachers and students must strive to creatively employ technology tools to access, evaluate, synthesize and communicate information. Technology is now a universal phenomenon and teachers can use simple as well as interactive web 2 tools to enhance student motivation to communicate with authentic audiences, spend more time on assigned tasks, and develop essential literacy skills needed for vocational and lifetime success in the twenty-first century.

Technologies like Skype, blogs, podcasts, wiki are quite popular and useful to interact and learn from different people about different cultures.

Can anyone suggest how to use such technologies effectively with young 5-6 yr old kids

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President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

Check out Matt Gomez...both

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Check out Matt Gomez...both his blog at http://mattbgomez.com/ and on Twitter at @mattbgomez. He is a KG teacher in TX that does some phenomenal job integrating tech into the classroom.

A year 3 teacher in Iceland (Twitter @IngviOmarsson) has a class blog that he kept last year (so a little older) - has also used tech with his students. You can see (and read after you translate the page) here --> http://attaviti.tumblr.com/

Thanks Gwen for useful

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Thanks Gwen for useful suggestion, can you help me how to translate the http://attaviti.tumblr.com page ?

Have you worked with young kids? I'm planning to have a skype session for my kindergarten class with someone in another country as we studying about cultures and languages. Can u recommend someone ??

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Kerpoof http://kerpoof.com is

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Kerpoof http://kerpoof.com is a great site for the little ones!

To translate the link from Gwen, your best bet is to use the Chrome web browser, it will automatically translate for you.

President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

As Dan suggested, I use

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As Dan suggested, I use Chrome browser. But there's also sites like Babelfish.com that you can copy & paste text in to translate.

I am president of our PTO (both ES & MS)....work with kids - but not a teacher. There are many teachers on Twitter that do "mystery" Skypes. If you share some basic details, I'm happy to share/post on Twitter also. Since you're looking for other countries, be sure to share your time zone (since the other school kids might be in bed while your's are in class).

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Sometimes, authors will do

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Sometimes, authors will do skype visits with classrooms- if you can connect with an author through twitter or Facebook, just ask- all they can say is no, and most would love to meet their fans!

Like everything else, i think you have to figure out what your teaching goals are, then decide if tech fits in- you don't want to bolt it on where it's not the tool for the job. For little ones, all the old great PC games for kids like Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish and Spy Fox- adveture games with learning and fun built in together- are now available as apps, so they would work with iOS or Android tablets/phones as a center as well.
The BBC also has some great programs, including Dance Mat Typing to help teach keyboarding skills early, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/) and Discovery has 'Puterbugs and other games/activities that are fun as well - http://kids.discovery.com/games/puterbugs

Just make sure to put the teaching goals first, and integrate the tech where it makes the most sense.

President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

Yes...we have had several

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Yes...we have had several authors & illustrators skype into our classrooms during our writing celebration week. Some did it free of charge, others had a fee. But a great way to connect the kids with people producing what is in their hands. Virtual museum tours is another fun opportunity for the kids.

K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

Amina, Since you said 5-6

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Amina,

Since you said 5-6 year olds, that means we are talking Kindergarten or First Grade. At those ages, literacy skills trump all, and technology needs to be thoughtfully implemented. You didn't mention specific subjects or content areas, if you could that would be helpful. What do you want the students to know and be able to do? I also like Kerpoof.com because the site has many capabilities and activities that can easily span multiple subject areas. In addition, it's mostly an art-based environment, which is a plus when dealing with the little ones.

Voicethread is another resource worth considering. Again, it depends on your goals, but, it's an incredibly rich environment that is easy to navigate and can combine comments in writing, audio, video and even handmade annotations/drawings. Here is an example of a project I did years ago with my Kindergarten students about farm life:

https://voicethread.com/share/809450/

And this blog post explains the story behind it:

http://www.ncs-tech.org/?p=4620

Tell us more about what you want the kids to to and/or learn and we can help you even further.

Best, kj

Tech Coach at Western Academy of Beijing, Director at The Easy App Company

The Easy App Company have

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The Easy App Company have created blog uploader apps for both Blogger and WordPress/Edublogs specifically aimed at this age group. We are currently using them with our KR and Grade 1 students with amazing results. Our 70 KG students created 600 posts to their blogs in 30 days!
Here is what an Austrlian teacher emailed me after trying Easy Blog Jr:
Just wanted to tell you some exciting news! I had three teachers at my house today and showed them my edublogs site (which they were excited by) but then I showed them your app and how BASIC and easy it was for early years kids to blog, and well they were falling over themselves to get your app and begin blogging. They thought blogging was for upper primary and was too hard but I showed them your app and they were literally jumping out of their skins! I’m going to promote this app to everyone I know! I’ve never thought blogging could be so easy for kids (and teachers!)

It really is as revolutionary as she says. You can find more info at theEasyAppComapany.com

All the directors in our company are teachers, and we all use ours apps ourselves - that's how we know they are simply the best.

Thank you all for an

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Thank you all for an overwhelming response an sharing amazing sites and apps, I must share I feel a novice in this field and exploring these resources.
Kevin Jarret as you asked about the subject area its "Knowledge and and Understanding of the world around Us", a mixture of science and social studies.Our current theme is " Our School" in reference to this I want to give my students an exposure of schools, kids and their learning styles around the world and how technology can help us interact with people around the world. Can you suggest how to go about it...

K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

Hi Amina, there are many,

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Hi Amina, there are many, many ways to accomplish that objective, with and without tech or Web 2.0 tools. For the sake of argument, let's assume you are considering Voicethread. First thing I'd do would be to go check out some Voicethreads to learn about the app and its capabilities to decide if it's what you want. If the answer is yes, then you could have the students make a statement about their school and ask a question, something like,

In our school we love to read. My favorite book is "X". What is your favorite book?

Have them draw a picture of the book.

Upload the picture to Voicethread.

Have the student read their sentence as a comment on the page.

Repeat for the entire class.

Share the Voicethread with other classes. Invite them to comment. Be sure to enable comment moderation so you can approve everything before it appears.

Watch as the comments come in and conversations ensue.

Does that help? I've grossly oversimplified this example for obvious reasons but you need only give the kids a chance to express themselves, share that work with others, then allow the conversation to happen. Really!

-kj-

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