Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Last week Tiffany D'Abbraccio, Special Education Preschool Teacher, along with Deb Clark and Melissa Angelo, Speech and Language Pathologist at Francis Wyman School, provided local Special Education Directors a tutorial on how we are using i Pad's in the Burlington Public Schools. Participants had the opportunity to explore applications that are being used in the preschool as well as in speech and language therapy.
The Burlington Integrated Preschool supports the school district’s initiative to integrate technology in our classrooms. Each classroom in the Burlington Integrated Preschool has 4 IPads. The IPads have proven to be an effective teaching tool for several reasons.
Our students are digital natives; born into a society dependent on constantly evolving technologies. Many of the students in the preschool have been exposed to similar technologies at home prior to their first school experience. Many children enter the preschool with the prior knowledge necessary to navigate personal computers, IPods, smart phones, and IPads.
Another reason the IPads are an effective teaching tool is that children are highly motivated by this technology. Young children who have difficulty attending to task, following multi-step directions, working independently, working in a group, or taking turns with a peer are motivated to attempt these difficult tasks when presented in the form of an IPad activity. Children are so motivated to use the IPads that teachers can use IPads as an incentive for children who earn a reward in school. The IPad is a wonderful reward for students because they have earned a reward that allows them to engage in an educational experience, rather than enjoy their reward by spending time out of programming.
The use of technology in classrooms, including IPads, supports a multimodal, multisensory approach to instruction.
The IPads serve several functions at the Burlington Integrated Preschool. Here is a list of some of the apps we use and their functions:
· Developmentally appropriate apps to enhance lesson plans for curriculum-related activities
o FirstWords - literacy
o Preschool Lunchbox
o Game Factory – vocabulary
o Preschool Adventure
o Counting – number skills
· Augementative Communication Device
o Baby ASL
· Data Collection
o Behavior Tracker Pro
o Skills Tracker Pro
· Fine Motor Development – navigating an IPad includes practices with fine motor skills and visual motor integration
· Discrete Trial Training
o Kindergarten.com: object function, receptive vocabulary, identify category, etc.
· Eye Contact
· Video Modeling/Social Stories
o Going Places
Kindergarten.com Alphabet (flashcards)
Kindergarten.com Actions (flashcards)
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Kindergarten.com Receptive By Class (discrete trial)
Sesame Street Playground
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Kindergarten.com Receptive By Feature (discrete trial)
Look! (attending skills)
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Kindergarten.com Receptive By Function (discrete trial
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Intro to Math
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
A child's hand is a powerful tool for learning. With his hands he can control the world around him, build and create all that he can imagine, and express himself, first in gestures, then with scribbles, and eventually, with the written word.
See how slow you can go, inching along like a caterpillar! Walk your hands out in front of you, then walk your feet up to your hands.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Research Shows that Books without Text Can Increase Literacy, Vocabulary Skills in Children with Developmental Disabilities - Business Wire - SunHerald.com
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The last day of preschool for the 2010/2011 school year will be on Thursday, June 16, 2011.
We have had a great time teaching your children this year, thank you for sharing them with us. We wish all our friends heading to kindergarten in the fall the best of luck.
To our friends that will return in the fall you will receive letters in August from your new classroom teacher.
The staff of the Burlington Integrated Preschool wishes you a wonderful and safe summer.