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KidSmart - Early Childhood Development

This website is a guide to early learning and technology for home and school. It contains ideas and suggestions for parents and teachers, such as lesson plans, teacher tips, and practical discussions that teachers have about these issues.

Earlychildhood NEWS

This website has articles related to early childhood as well as classroom ideas and teacher resources. For example, there is an article that discusses the “Role of Technology in Early Childhood Programs”.

Hatch Learning

Hatch is the leading provider of technology that creates personalised learning experiences for young children, monitoring their progress as they play. Serving all children, from struggling to advanced, in pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, and special education, their adaptive teaching technology is shown to improve child learning.

Early Learning

Galileo Educational Network is an educational environment where digital technologies are used in inquiry-based projects, allowing for students to learn in creative and thoughtful ways. It has developed comprehensive resources for parents and professionals in early childhood education, focusing on children of ages of 3-8.

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

The corporate mission of Scholastic is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy, the cornerstone of all learning. With more than 90 years of experience supporting the learning lives of children, Scholastic still remains committed to providing quality services, engaging educational content in digital and print formats for the next generation of learners, and the families and educators that guide them.

Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning. It brings you stories from design camps where kids use smartphones to conduct scientific research, from museums where they lead virtual archaeological digs, and from libraries where they remix and produce their own media.

ECEtech.net

ECEtech.net is a community for early childhood educators, who want to explore the practical side of technology use in pre-school settings. It is a collaboration between two technology-minded early childhood education experts, Karen Nemeth and Fran Simon, who believe that teaching and learning in early education settings can be enhanced by supporting the developmentally-appropriate use of educational technology. The site aims to provide concrete information from experienced early childhood educators about how to select technology tools and how to integrate technology in early childhood classrooms and programmes.

Tech For a Global Early Childhood Education

This website was primarily created for early childhood educators, who are working with young children of ages 2-8, but many of the tools discussed here can also be used for older kids. The website discusses some of the current equity issues at play in early childhood education and the ways that using technology to create global learning experiences can help address some of these issues. It also provides background research, books, and websites that can help one learn more about the topics of early childhood education, global education, and educational technology. It provides a page with tech tools that can be used in the classroom in order to create global learning experiences for children and a page with teacher tools to help educators connect with other educators around the globe.

First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts

First-School features free, fun pre-school lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, worksheets, calendar of events, and other resources for children of pre-school age. The pre-school crafts, lesson plans, and activities are appropriate and adaptable for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and for children in kindergarten (ages 2-6). First-School's content is ideal for home schooling, pre-school and kindergarten teachers, day care, child care providers, after-school service providers, and babysitters.

Foreign Languages - Learning Games for Kids

Vocabulary Games are fun ways to expand children’s knowledge of the English language, all while having fun. Kids learning ESL or kids just trying to expand their vocabulary can benefit from playing relevant, age-appropriate word games.

LearnEnglish Kids

LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories, and activities for children to have fun and learn English too. It is suitable for kids, parents, and teachers. Here you can find hundreds of free online and printable activities to use with very young learners of English in the classroom or at home. They will have hours of fun listening to English songs, playing games, and making fantastic crafts. Parents and teachers can download learning resources, watch videos with practical tips, and download articles from language learning experts.

Funbrain

Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids on pre-K through K8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. In addition, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the website.

ABCya! Elementary Computer Activities & Games

This website offers kindergarten children's computer games and activities that feature large and easy-to-use navigation buttons, as well as voice instructions. Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, counting numbers, connect the dots, numerical order, shapes, addition, e-storybooks and holiday games.

MIT Media Lab - Lifelong Kindergarten

The Lifelong Kindergarten group is sowing the seeds for a more creative society. They develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and finger-paint of kindergarten, engage people in creative learning experiences. Their ultimate goal is a world full of playfully-creative people, who are constantly inventing new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

Starfall.com

Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. It is perfect for pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, home school, and English language development. There are appropriate themes to meet students' interests, focusing on different vowels and consonant blends.

Clifford.Stories

On this website, students pick one of the books that they would like to read. If students cannot read, they may click on the words to have it read to them. Students may also click on the red words to have the characters do various actions.

Seussvile.com

Seussville offers a variety of games, story-maker activities, quote-maker activities, print activities, colouring pages, and a lot of information for teachers. It is suitable for use in the classroom or as a resource for parents.

Resources for Early Learning

This site provides exciting, engaging, media-rich learning opportunities for educators, parents, and caregivers of children. From detailed lesson plans to simple, everyday activities, one will find everything needed to help children succeed. It consists of the following three main sections described below: Educators, Parents, and Children.

GreatSchools

This website is for parents, aiming to help them be educated on various topics, so as to be able to help and educate their children. It contains digital media to inspire and support parents to solve education-related problems, raise expectations for their children's learning, develop education-related parenting skills, and access helpful resources online and in their community.

PBS LearningMedia™

PBS LearningMedia™ provides direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted, digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and activities, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans.

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