Effective uses of technology and screen media are active, hands-on, engaging, and empowering; give the child control; provide adaptive scaffolds to ease the accomplishment of tasks; are integrated into early childhood practices, curriculum, routines and environment; and are used as one of many options to support children’s learning – NAEYC Tech Position Statement (2012)
Click the Symbaloo Mix below to see a list of Tech Tools to Create Global Learning Experiences in Your ECE Classroom:
The Symbaloo above provides a vast assortment of digital tools you can use in your classroom. They are labeled and grouped by category. Suggestions and tips for using these tools in your classroom, as well as general information about what these tools are used for are listed below:
- Social Media Tools
- Collaboration Tools
- Publication Tools
- Video & Audio Tools
- Presentation Tools
- Global Collaboration Tools
- General Resources
Value? Twitter can be used in the classroom to send short messages and images to other classrooms around the globe while practicing literacy skills and prompting discussions of multiculturalism.
- Twitter Basics – Learn all of the basics and getting started tips from Twitter
- To Tweet or Not To Tweet A Kindergarten Teacher’s Perspective on Using Twitter in her Classroom
- So You Want to Tweet in Kindergarten – A getting-started guide (12/10/11)
- 100 Ways to Teach with Twitter
- Edmodo – a more secure, education-only microblogging and discussion platform
- More Twitter Resources
Value? Facebook can allow you to share classroom updates, photos, events, and stories with other classrooms and parents at home.
- Flat Classroom Global Collaboration on Facebook
- Resources and Policies for using Facebook in Education
- Facebook in a Kindergarten Classroom
3) Google+ :
Value? You can use this site to post updates about your classroom, have video “hangouts” with up to ten other people.
- Teaching with Google+
- How to Unlock the Power of Google+ (2/22/12)
- Google Plus – tips for using in education, facts and data infographic (2/20/12)
- Social Media Cheat Sheet – a quick overview of different social media networks and sites
- 5 Readings and 2 Videos to Help Others Get Going with Personal Learning Networks (8/18/10)
- The Process of Creating a Social Media Policy (1/24/12)
- 6 Steps for Drafting a Social Media Policy (1/25/12)
- Social Media Tools and Resources We Like to Share for 2012
- Social Networking Tools How-To-Guide including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Blogger, Ning, Edmodo & more
1) Google Suite:
Value? Google docs can allow students to practice writing in real-time with other students; Google maps is a great tool to have students map their school or community and share with other classes or to map the locations of classes you collaborate with around the world; Google Calendar can help you schedule Skype chats or other digital meetup or projects.
- Google in Education
- Google Doc for Communicating (2/9/12)
- Google Calendar in the Classroom
- Review of Google Docs and ways to use it in your classroom
- Using Google Sites in Kindergarten
- Ideas for Google Earth Collaborative Classroom Projects
- Google Earth for Educators
- 80+ Google Forms for the Classroom (8/23/08)
Value? Symbaloo is a great way to compile resources/websites for students to access via the computer or ipad. You can create a mix of videos from around the world to help students “visit” different communities or create a mix of with the blogs for the classrooms with who you connect.
Value? Virtual sticky notes can be a great way to collaborate and share ideas, video, and pictures via the Internet. Create a board about a topic and post students’ thoughts, then ask a global partner class to add their ideas.
- Ideas for using Lino and Wallwisher in the classroom (12/11/10)
- Collaboration Via Post-it Notes: Even in the Primary Grades! (12/14/11)
- Wallwisher in Kindergarten – home-school connections
Value? Skype allows you to have a conference call with up to 25 other classrooms and to have one-to-one video chats in real-time with other classrooms around the world.
Collaboration Resource Articles:
- American student are teaming up online with classrooms around the world to learn valuable lessons (Ed Week, 1/23/12)
- 5 Tools for Global Educators (2/3/12)
- Global Education – When Hard Work Pays Off (2/4/12)
- Students go ‘global’ thanks to technology (2/8/12)
- Global core standards – Ed Week
- What Should Global PBL Look Like? (2/13/12)
- PDF How-to-Guide on Collaborative Tools including: Voicethread, Google Docs, and more!
1) Blogging Resources:
Value? Creating a class blog can allow you to post information, videos, maps and other items documenting the global learning experiences children have in your classroom. Classes in other parts of the world can subscribe and follow your blog for updates. Your students can also blog their thoughts and ideas and children from other countries can add comments and responses to their posts.
- Blogging in Plain English
- Why blog in the classroom?
- How to set up a classroom blog: 10 Essential Steps (11/7/11)
Value? WordPress is an easy-to-use blogging platform that allows you to create free blogs using a wide selection of themes and widgets.
Value? Kidblogs are a safe, secure platform that your students can use to blog about topics you are discussing (e.g., community, family, nature) and other students can then respond to their posts.
- Learn Kidblog in 5 minutes or less
- #comments4kids – hashtag specifically used when tweeting kids’ blog posts to increase the feedback kids receive
- TeacherCast Podcast 32 “KidBlog.org” – podcast with a detailed discussion of starting and using Kidblog, including teacher interviews (12/27/11)
Value? Another digital publication space, Posterous is great for posting pictures and video embedded in text about your classroom global learning experiences.
Value? A digital presentation tool, Glogster allows students to compile weblinks, video clips, audio files, pictures, and text in one place. This is a great way to create a portfolio or online poster about a specific topic under discussion in your classroom and share it with other classes around the globe.
Value? Social, online bookshelves – these tools are a great way to share with parents and other classes what books you are reading in your classroom and to recommend books to other classrooms that might be specific to your country.
Value? Wikis are a great way to create a digital collaboration space for your classroom. You could share and create a wiki to be used by multiple classrooms around the globe to post videos, pictures, and discussions from each class. They can also be made private to protect children’s identities.
Value? A free, easy to use audio recording tool that is great for making podcasts and other recordings that you can share with other classrooms around the globe.
Value? A mac software program that can be used similar to Audacity to create podcasts and also for students to record music and soundtracks for their work. It can be used to record a child’s favorite story in their native language or local holiday songs to share with students in other classes.
- Related articles and research, a how-to guide to use it in education, and more
- Using Garageband for digital storytelling (6/2/11)
Value? This tool for Mac computers is a great way to compile video clips and/or pictures from a global learning experience to post on the class blog or send to a partner class in another country.
Value? This site can be used as a source of information for children to see videos of holidays or communities in other nations or to post videos from your own global learning projects.
- YouTube EDU – educational videos
- YouTube for Schools – Sign up for YouTube for Schools to bring the power of video to your classrooms for free. Access thousands of free high quality educational videos on YouTube in a controlled environment.
Value? Vimeo is a great platform for posting videos. They can then easily be shared with parents are embedded in your classroom blog to share with other classrooms.
Value? Voicethread is a great way to have conversations with children, teachers, and experts in other parts of the world. With five different commenting options, children can easily add their thoughts and ideas, in any language to slides about specific topics under discussion.
- Sharing around the world with Voicethread & wikis in Kindergarten (2/6/12)
- What’s a Voicethread?
- Learn Voicethread in 1 Minute
- Movie: An Intro to Voicethread
- Cybrary Man’s Voicethread Resources
- Example: Virtual Field Trip to Ghana
2) Storybird/Little Bird Tales:
Value? These digital storytelling tool allows children to create stories that can easily be shared with other classes around the world or embedded in a class blog to share with other students and parents.
- Using Storybird in the classroom (7/19/11)
- Little Bird Tales – Digital Storytelling for Young Students (2/15/11)
Value? Voki can allow students to create safe and creative avatars to share their voices across the web. They can also be used to record stories and messages in other languages.
Value? Slidespeech can allow children to create a story and then easily translate it into another language and hear that language played back/spoken to them. This could allow children’s stories and presentations to be shared with partner classes that do not speak their language.
1) Global SchoolNet:
Value? A huge database of global resources and projects. Check out their CyberFair to find support having your students conduct community research that can be shared with other global partners.
- Information about the CEO and Co-Founder
- Global Schoolhouse song/video
- Information about the CyberFair
Value? ePals is a fantastic and safe way to start project and pen pal exchanges with classes in other parts of the world using technology.
- Presentation: Global Collaboration with ePals
- Teacher Spotlight – ePals in Kindergarten
- ePals and Smithsonian honor global kid inventors (1/19/12)
Value? This site allows you to “travel” to places around the world so your students can see them up close. It’s a great way to visit cities around the world that the children are learning about, their hometowns, or where a partner class lives.
- 360 Degree Tours of Cities and the Moon (3/31/10)
- SimpleK12 Webinars
- Global Ed Wiki
- Good list of web 2.0 tools
- A-Z Internet Resources for Education
- A New Face of Education: Bringing Technology into the Classroom in the Developing World
- Huge list of web 2.0 tools
- A-Z Internet Resources for Education
- ICT Magic wiki with new tech tools added each day
- Global Learning Activities and Projects from Kidworldcitizen.org