Early Childhood Students Using iPads
Pre-kindergarten students sit at a table during center time with giant, bright, silicone boxes that look like they could withstand a multitude of natural disasters. Look closely and you will notice that these young students are actually using carefully protected iPads.
This year, the Early Childhood Education Center is piloting an iPad program in two classrooms – one preschool and one pre-kindergarten room. These three- and four-year olds use iPads individually, as well as in large and small-group settings. The iPad applications reinforce one-to-one correspondence, math, phonological awareness, and letter and sound recognition. Currently, the two pilot classrooms are equipped with three iPads each. Next year, the program will be expanded to include three iPads in all four ECEC classrooms.
In a time when even most adults can’t seem to keep up with the changes in technology, our youngest students in preschool and pre-k are delving into the technology arena with vigor and excitement.
“I watched a student sit in front of an iPad for the first time, and he was able to not only choose an application, but he was able to learn how to complete the exercises in a matter of minutes,” said Headmaster Michael Imperi. “It’s really quite amazing how easy the iPad is to use. It’s a perfect way for our teachers to use technology to engage even our youngest students.”
“The iPads are really fantastic. They are equipped with our Zoo Phonics flashcards, so the lessons taught during the day are reinforced,” said Lindsey Shumway, pre-k teacher. “Students can read the card out loud, and the iPad will record their voices and then play it back to them so they can hear their own pronunciations,” she added.