Teaching kids about computers can prepare them for using the numerous forms of technology that are present throughout today's society.
Our students come from a very diverse background.
They are learning with their whole bodies. They have been learning and growing through movement, exploration, discovery, and wonder. With hands-on play our preschoolers have been learning to experiment, and interact with their peers as they work in groups or individually where a lot of learning happens.
Just as with any individual who is new to computers, I have started teaching my students about some computer basics; such as using a mouse and keyboard, and about general computer etiquette. Since most computers are driven by commands from a mouse as opposed to keyboard commands, teaching kids how to use a mouse is a major first step in learning about computers.
For our students taking digital pictures on a camera, tablet or phone can be a way to share cool things that have happened or places they have been with friends and family. For others, photography can be a way to express their creativity. Photography can help develop a child’s voice, vision, and identity as it pertains to their family, friends, and community. Taking photos can help kids visualize the same thing in different ways.
The ink used for the project will be used by all the children as they work on the classroom computer and printer.
As the children upload the pictures, they will learn to print and post their work in the classroom. The children will see the difference between black ink in comparison to the tri-color ink. They will also learn that multiple colors mixed together with the three primary colors will print hundreds of pages of pictures they have taken. We will also use the printer paper to print the pictures and words to post in the classroom. These materials will also help my students learn new vocabulary words such as a keyboard, printer, tri-color ink, printing paper. Taking photo's before learning to upload the images will help bolster creativity in my students and improve fine motor skills.
My students will also learn how to collaborate, take turns, and work together. I will demonstrate how to use the computer and how the printer works, explaining every step by modeling. Then, giving my students time to get to know the computer and printer, and how the process works together.
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