Posted December 21st, 2016
Our children are growing up in a world much different than what we grew up in. Students have access to computers, apps, you name it, in and out of the classroom. PV preschool teachers want to harness this new world and open it up to our youngest students.
In the month of November, PV preschool opened its doors to parents for a first-ever technology day. The teachers spoke with parents about what technology they use in the classroom and what parents can do at home to make sure students are learning in a safe environment.
Preschool students get up and moving as soon as they enter the room, thanks to wide-ranging educational web-based videos. The videos encourage students to move, all the while hearing letter sounds or simple math facts. While this is the start of the day, technology and the thought process to create that technology continues through the day. Clearly one of the big winners for students is a game called “Robot Turtles.” The board game (not actually on a device) teaches students the theory behind computer coding. Each player gets a turtle card with the goal of reaching a gem placed on the board. With each turn, students move one space deciding to turn right, turn left or move forward. The process makes students stop and think about each move and what that move means towards reaching the final goal – just like in coding! Students practice the skills in the game and then get to program an actual robot, a bee!