Making a Big Change: Wrapping Education, Blogging and Coding All Into One Career

Changes brings opportunity.

  I always hate it when bloggers start a post with, “It’s been forever since I posted anything!” Because the truth is, I never notice, and wouldn’t have noticed if they hadn’t pointed it out to me. I could say the same thing here: “It’s been forever since I’ve published anything!” But number one, I […]

Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Technology In Early Childhood

Technology in Early Childhood and Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Perhaps I made an error when naming this website. I think the name freaks early childhood educators out a little bit. I imagine their thinking goes something like this, “Technology?? In Early Childhood?? What kind of developmentally appropriate practices heresy is this?? ‘Technology’ can’t be ‘developmentally appropriate.’ Those two phrases don’t belong in the same […]

Teaching Kids to Code: Preschool and Kindergarten

Code=Create!

Talking about teaching kids to code has become trendy.  It’s moving toward the mainstream. Creating opportunities to teach kids coding has become the “cool” thing to do in education. And I couldn’t be happier. This is a bandwagon that I’m excited to jump on! This morning I was looking at the Scratch Jr. Kickstarter page. […]

Technology In Early Childhood: One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary! It was as I was watching the Super Bowl last year that I first dreamed up the idea for this website. We’d just gotten our classroom iPads.  I’d googled excessively trying to get ideas for using iPads in early childhood classrooms, and I’d come up with very little.  I knew there had […]

Sharing Great Tech Stuff

Sharing Great Tech Stuff

So much of my traffic on this website comes from people who have shared my work with their readers and I am so grateful for that.  First, I want to say a public thank you to some of my biggest sources of traffic over the last 9 months or so. Below are five great sites […]

Just how much should we lock up our student ipads?

How much access do we want our children to have?

As we get ready to make our big ipad purchase, and as a result, start to configure them for student use, I’ve been thinking about how much access we want our students to have to the ipad.  I’ve seen some covers that advertise the fact that they cover the “home” button so students can’t get […]

I Went to iPad School!

What my colleague and I learned when we went to iPad school.

A co-worker and I attended an iPad conference yesterday. My co-worker called it “iPad School.” I like that term, so I adopted it.  There was so much information to soak up! My biggest take away was a greater understanding of all of the ways we can take the ipad to the next level, and use […]

When Technology and Good Old Fashioned Play Collide

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I love it when technology makes it easier for us to help kids do what they really need to do to grow and develop: Play! This blog focuses on all of the fun technology based things we do in our class each day, but really, the technology makes up such a small part of our […]

Using the iPad in Pre K & K as More than Just a Gaming Device: A reflection

Using the iPad as more than just a gaming device.

“When are we going to use ipads?” they asked me. I was so very excited to implement my sight word QR code activity at our learning centers this week. I’d spent a lot of time thinking about and creating it.  The kids were very successful and engaged as they scanned the QR codes with their […]

Is It Really OK to put Technology in an Early Childhood Classroom?

Is Technology In Early Childhood OK

That’s the unspoken question I’m sensing from other Early Childhood educators. Is it really OK to give ipads to four and five year olds? When you’ve got the American Academy of Pediatrics making fairly strict recommendations about screen time for children under two, it makes sense to consider the question for young children as well. It’s definitely a question […]