Centerville Preschool teachers, Beverly Scieszinski and Erin Reed, recently received iPads for their classrooms. The two teachers were introduced to Promethium Boards and iPads earlier in the year; they decided the iPads would be a better fit for their smaller group situations. Beverly and Erin are serving as the pilot program for the district.
With this new piece of technology, they plan on focusing on letter recognition, letter sounds, number recognition, counting, writing, pre-reading skills, reading comprehension, and simple addition and subtraction. The iPad will also allow the teachers to focus on social/emotional needs, such as taking turns, being a good friend and sharing.
This new tool is utilized in small groups, large groups and individual settings. The teachers have found that using the iPad encourages students to attend and engage in their learning. Beverly and Erin are also using this source of media to assess children and track their progress in the classroom.
Thus far the children are enjoying the use of the iPads and a new way of learning important preschool concepts. The iPad addresses each child’s individual learning style. They are able to listen to stories, dance to music, touch the screen for small motor skill development and visually see new experiences.
Beverly and Erin have found that it also allows students with special needs to enhance their skills. The iPad allows the teachers to guide students to higher levels than ever before. With the iPad, all learners are able to accomplish and exceed expectations at their speed and ability.
The response from the children has been very positive. At the preschool level everything is new and exhilarating. With the iPads incorporated into the classroom, that excitement is growing more and more each day.