What are some good pieces of new technology for a preschool classroom?
August 18, 2014 10:56 AM Subscribe
I'm looking to bring the preschool my children attend up to date on the technology side of things. Does anyone have any suggestions, mostly hardware-wise, on what to go with? Does the preschool your child attends make use of any technology? Or their Kindergarten class for that matter? What works? What doesn't? I'm willing to hear software suggestions too, but again, mostly looking for hardware ideas.
posted by mrzer0 to Education (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently pledged enough money to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter to grant my sons' preschool access to a year's subscription. Before doing so, I needed to get the permission of the preschool's director because it would eventually require a bit of a change in the way she teaches.
Right now my children's preschool has two very, very old desktop computers. Small CRT monitors. Windows XP (or maybe even ME, I've not actually seen these computers in action). They are not connected to the Internet. She has them so the children can learn how to use a computer, and of course, she has them play some really old educational games. I think Barney is even in the mix.
The director/lead teacher thought the Reading Rainbow app would be an awesome idea and was totally down with me pledging money to get her classroom access to it. But of course this means new technology is needed in her classroom. I've volunteered my services in setting up anything new and also picking out new technology.
I haven't picked out a new computer in years. We have iPads at home. We have a couple of LeapReaders at home. Every once in awhile I let me kids get on my work laptop and go nuts in Word or Paint. I have some idea what to go with, but I was hoping to get some thoughts from any educators of young folks out there, or parents who think that whatever XYZ technology is really helping out their little ones.
What do you think? Laptops? Touchscreens? Keyboard and mouse? Tablets?
I'd like to avoid Apple products because of how costly they are. The great majority of the children in this classroom come from poor(er) families. And I could see the use of technology at school leading to a request for such a technology at home. So I could see LeapPads being a good choice since they are more affordable. But let's say it stays unique to the classroom and not desired at home, would we be selling the kid's short on the limitations of LeapPad? (All of that said, I know that Reading Rainbow app does not work on a LeapPad)
Don't let me limit your answers because of what I said above. I'm just trying to give you an idea of where I'm at in my head. And for whatever it's worth, she has 30 kids in her classroom.