My Radio Interview with Vicki Davis, aka the Cool Cat Teacher

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A few months back, Vicki Davis (aka the Cool Cat Teacher) invited me to appear on her radio show/podcast, Every Classroom Matters.  Of course I said yes! We taped the show back in April, and now finally in June, the episode we recorded is up on the Every Classroom Matters site. I’d love for you to […]

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 […]

Augmented Reality in the Classroom: Writing Numbers 1 through 9

Teaching Number Formtion on the iPad with Augmented Reality

Have you heard of Augmented Reality in the classroom? The minute I read about it, I knew I had to try it in our Pre-K classroom. I think of augmented reality as one step beyond QR codes. We did a lot with QR codes last year. We used them to self-correct our counting activities and […]

Where can I find good apps?

Where can I find good apps for preschool and kindergarten?

One of my biggest challenges in using iPad in the classroom has been finding good apps for early childhood classrooms. There are lots of great apps for young children, but fewer that are actually suitable for classroom use.  I’ve written about my favorite apps in my 5 Best Apps Series, but I still struggle to […]

Using Digital Tools to Create a Portfolio for Your Students

Create amazing student portfolios with digital tools.

  It is a tradition in the early childhood classes here to send each child home at the end of the year with a portfolio that documents the fun and learning that they experienced over the course of the school year.  This tradition spans back at least a decade.  When it first began, teachers used […]

QR Codes for practicing the teens: Farm style!

QR Codes for counting the teens.

We’ve still got a few kids working to learn the teen numbers. I came up with one more activity to help them master this skill.  We’re also knee deep in our farm unit, so I added some cute pigs to the activity to make it a little more fun. First they scan the QR code. […]

We finally found some good headphones!

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The headphones we ordered from Zulily finally arrived yesterday. I couldn’t be more pleased! They fit all of the children nicely regardless of head size and are so much easier for them to use than the walkman style ones we were borrowing from the older grades. Having our own headphones that go on easily is […]