By Michael Hilkemeijer
Preschool Activities that boost Literacy with Technology
There are many ways that early childhood practitioners can integrate technology in preschool activities. Today, research suggests that children become highly engaged and motivated in their learning when they use multiple senses such as sight, sound and touch.
In this blog, I will outline how you can use preschool technology activities to improve literacy instruction and boosting multisensory learning.
Use iPads for a photo scavenger hunt
With every tablet computer or smart phone there is a digital camera. Young children see their parents and other people in their lives use these cameras in society and so it makes for a good authentic learning activity. They can take photos of letters, words or phrases and store them in a pre-made album. They can then open the album and go on a scavenger hunt to find the same items. The fun continues when they take photos of these items and record them
Use music videos to learn literacy skills
Ever thought of using music videos to learn literacy skills? They are a great way to get young children moving and learn about everything from letters and their sounds to word families. Such videos can be found at Heide Songs.
- Use a phonics app that comes with manipulatives
Technology can be used to build literacy skills when the best app or software is chosen. The question is, how do you know which one is the best one? A good one to try is Square Panda as it comes with a playset that includes 45 smart letters.
Learn to write letters and numbers
Learning to use the keyboard and finding letters and characters not only contributes to child ICT capabilities but also literacy in general. Allow children to use their capabilities of a computer to collect, record, embellish and play back stories, notes, instructions and poems.
Record children’s story telling
You can encourage children to make puppets of a familiar story and use the puppets to retell the story in a puppet theatre. After this, it would be important that you help them record the performance with the digital video recorder and to use the recording in circle time for further discussion.
Use Paint programs to generate discussion
Young children will spend a great deal of time working at the computer with their peers where they will learn the skills you have modelled for them. When working with a paint program, they can spend a lot of time discussing colours and shapes as they produce them. With the appropriate contexts and sufficient relevant experience, they can also use a paint program to make a record of other activities like an investigation they have completed.
Using the Internet
By using the Internet, you will be able to help children learn literacy skills in their home language. You can also look for software or programs that promote speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Make and use QR Codes
Quick Response codes are scannable images that give information. They are a fun and easy way to get your kids engaged in practicing skills and learning new information. The children will just need either an iPad or smartphone. Here is a website that will help you create one.
Design lessons with Augmented Reality
The potential of these are huge! Augmented reality gives young children easy access to direct instruction. You can use this website to get you started.
How to Successfully Integrate Technology in Preschool Activities today?