Saturday, December 29, 2012

Things for parents and kids to do with an iPad

Yes, a dad posed the question.
I suggested that Key Experiences in preschool education should revolve more around direct experience than a computer!

Key experiences: 
active learning-musicin active learning, playing with hands-on activities, running, touching, playing with water, sand, cooking, listening to and making music, cut and paste!
That said, the dad told me he does all that: puzzles, cut and paste, lego! He still feels the need to find computer work for them to do. Fair enough!

I have several suggestions. All of my career, and in my personal computing, I have used Apple products. My favourite is iMovie, but I've used Power Point, Flash, GarageBand and Dreamweaver with kids.
One year we created a Power Point Project on Superheroes!

Firstly, have them do what we do: document their lives!
Josephine had a fascination for planes, trucks, trains and back hoes. Her sister shares this interest. I made her a video of an airplane zooming overhead. She would watch it over and over, waving 'Bye, to the plane each time!!

My favourite YouTube video is one where we documented Josephine's favourite thing: waiting for the garbage truck! When she was two she would watch and listen for it every day. Visiting her, I made a video of her visit! A newish truck, the video has has more than 3600 hits from young and old!

Working with gifted children all of my career, I find there are lessons we can teach. I made a presentation to parents of gifted children. Rather than plonking them in front of a TV or computer, have them document their lives.

You can create a project about an historical event. Using Kidspiration here is a Mind Map plan.

Here are some things you can do at home:
  • Keep a photo journal of your activities
  • Keep track of money spent: how much per day or per month does your family spend on groceries, transportation, housing, entertainment? 
  • Create a dream location: locate your holiday destination(s) on a map, collect maps, brochures and posters for a country
  • Prepare a Power Point presentation about a holiday
  • Write a creative story about where you would like to be this week
  • Rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas
  • Create a math problem using a digital camera
  • Find patterns in nature - this is crucial to numeracy mastery
  • Begin a literacy project guiding reading
  • Have them answer questions about the books they are reading
  • Have them retell a story, with a different ending (e.g., The Paperbag Princess).
  • The Paper Bag Princess - Part 1 - YouTube
    Jan 28, 2008 - Uploaded by shbomb
    Cartoon adaptation of the Robert Munsch children's story. This was part of a TV series called Bunch of Munsch

Draw a Stickman

I have Josephine sing songs from her day care program, and now her kindergarten classes.
She loved doing Wee Willie Winkie for me! She loves watching herself.
Istsy Bitsy Spider is another fave!

Josephine Itsy Bitsy Spider from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

kindergarten songsters from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Writing in the Information Age

is a far different thing than in the past. Integrating writing of stories with computers and technology means adding your own photos, making movies of your work. This is called authentic writing. Most of us write for a purpose, rather than fiction. This gives kids a purpose: to document their real-life experiences.
I taught my elementary-aged students to take photos of their work, then put the photos together with music.
Elementary Art: plasticene aliens They created a character, with a language, and background.

Create a hot air balloon
Use higher level questioning tactics, best used to extend and expand knowledge. We should be asking our kids open-ended questions. Creating scientific hypotheses, we can film the results.
Higher level questioning tactics

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