In The Classrooms

 

Every day, computers become a more important factor in today’s society. At Findon our Literacy & Numeracy Classroom Programs are complimented through the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Incorporating ICT into our programs has allowed us to engage and motivate our students whilst assisting them with the ICT skills needed to effectively communicate and learn in our ever changing world.

 

We have many more possibilities to learn and to communicate with other people using technology. SMS messages, e-mail, Wikispaces and Blogs are a few examples of the new possibilities. An example of how we teach writing through the use of ICT is by teaching children the correct structure for writing a letter and sending it to a friend, or someone across the other side of the world, via email or by teaching the students how to use word processing software such as Word and PowerPoint. The students have access to library sessions weekly where specific ICT skills are taught through the use of the interactive whiteboa

From as early as Prep they begin using programs such as Broadlearn, Sunshine Alphabet, PM Storybooks and Kid Pix. Integrating ICT into our programs motivates children to learn as well as develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

 

Our students use a range of digital programs to foster thinking skills and creativity as well as developing their skills in ICT. At Findon, our students have access to desktop computers available per double classroom as well as a number or laptops all connected to the internet that are integrated into our classroom programs. They have access to a number of other ICT resources such as digital cameras, interactive whiteboards, and head phones for listening and voice recording.

 

Our Learning Technologies Coordinator works as a member of the Mill Park Learning Cluster E-Learning Program, where they are skilled in learning about effective methods to use ICT in classroom practice. These skills are shared amongst staff to continue to develop and refine their ICT skills.

 

Websites to support the Early Years

 

Literacy games and activities

 

ESL flashcards - http://www.eslflashcards.com/

100's of free flash cards. Every set of flashcards comes in colour and 3 different sizes. Can be printed and used for vocabulary extension and playing language learning games. Suitable for primary and secondary.

 

Interactive Games for Kids - http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/

This website has a wealth of language games and activities, lots of which are suitable for use with an interactive whiteboard. Primary – lower secondary.

 

Phonics and Phonemes - http://www.gamequarium.org/dir/Readquarium/Phonics_and_Phonemes/

A range of websites that explore beginning sounds, end sounds, blends chunks etc

 

FREE Literacy resources http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/cll/index.html

Contains 100s of FREE Literacy resources!

 

Interactive stories - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/

Interactive stories

 

Starfall http://www.starfall.com/

Interactive website with sound (American voice) and animation, for students to use (independently). Supports development of phonemic awareness and reading skills.

 

Interactive Storybooks http://scholastic.com/clifford/

“Clifford the dog” story encourages interaction – inserting correct word. The other stories have the option of students reading the text or computer voice will read the text.

 

Online Big Books http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

Read the online big books (best displayed on an interactive whiteboard) or use the Big Book Maker to create your own big book.

 

Kidcyber- http://www.kidcyber.com.au/

This website provides a mass of information on a variety of topics for information/research. It is easy to navigate and layout/language makes information easily accessible.

 

High frequency word interactive links- http://www.gamequarium.org/dir/Readquarium/Sight_Words/High_Frequency/

A range of websites that explore words children need to be able to recognise

 

Numeracy

 

Interactive Games for Kids http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/md/index.html

This website has a wealth of maths games and activities, lots of which are suitable for use with an interactive whiteboard. Primary – lower secondary.

 

Count Us In – http://www.abc.net.au/countusin/default.htm

Games to help children understand basic number facts

 

Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Numeracy-http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/numeracy/IWB/index.htm

 

Smart Kiddies – http://www.smartkiddies.com.au/

Free maths support

 

Interactive Maths Games - http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/numberskills.html

Interactive games collected by Woodlands Primary

 

Game Aquarium - http://www.gamequarium.org/dir/Gamequarium/Math/

Interactive games sorted into particular areas in maths

 

ICT Tool Kit https://icttoolkit.wikispaces.com/IWB+Maths

Interactive websites

 

Other great math websites:

www.mathsisfun.com

http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

http://www.coolmath4kids.com