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At the moment I am pretty excited about the potential of IT in my classroom. One of my biggest reservations I had in the past, the antisocial pull computers can have on young learners, is beginning to fall by the wayside with web 2.0. Computers have gone from being a place where students play games in an early childhood classroom to being a tool students use to better learn about their world. Now with social networking, user generated content and computers in all of my student’s homes I see many more opportunities than I did years ago.

In the classroom I have started to move the students away from using computers as a mere game console. We have been using MS Word to make signs & posters and we just started a podcast channel where we share some of our songs and poems with our school and home communities.

Blogs and wikis seem like a great way to make home/school connections. I just read a blog from a school in New Zealand, Manaia Kindergarten, where they make blogs with student content. I really like the idea of having a stuffed animal from school visit the student’s home and then making a video blog showing the visit. Now it is time for me to learn how to do some video editing.

Making connections with other early childhood education professionals around the globe is one of my main goals for this blog. Being new to the blog scene is exciting and there seems to be many more doors for me to open in the web 2.0 world. Over the years I have had mixed feelings about using computers and IT in an early childhood setting, but I see those doubts slipping away more every day.

Let’s get this blog started,

Steve

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