Is Khan Academy supposed to be for Year 3 and under? I only saw examples for Year 4 upwards. I remember in the first year Maths subject, the large number of concrete materials and hands-on activities that assisted Early Childhood children to grasp maths concepts. Play-based learning and manipulation of real objects made Maths fun as well as educational.
This is the link relating to my previous post.
I have never thought Khan Academy was any more than a supplement to school Maths learning. Teachers who know their students, their particular misconceptions, prior knowledge etc. are in a better position to develop their students’ maths understanding. Students in the classroom or in an interactive online course benefit from the PCK of their teachers and construct knowledge through personalised learning under their guidance and supervision. Viewing a Khan Academy video can supplement this learning but cannot take the place of the teacher-student learning relationship in usual schooling. Knowing where to jump into a Khan Academy video can be challenging. I attempted to understand basic algebra through Khan Academy but I did not find it helpful. I learned much more when I asked a colleague to show me on the whiteboard. Learning this way, I could ask questions about particular steps throughout the process and he addressed common misconceptions before moving on to the next part of the process. When I watched the khan Academy explanation there was some assumed knowledge needed which I did not possess. I did pick up the overall idea from the video, but did not feel it helped me to understand the process.
Looking forward to working with Year 1 students.
My apologies….this is the link.
It is a great resource with links to numerous others that I have found very relevant to Early Years Learning. I first came across it when looking at sample assignments of previous students. I would have to say that is one of the best. I have heard before that (generally speaking) the Canadian education system and culture is similar to that in Australia. As I have never been there or lived there, I cannot really comment. Looking at the children in the photos on Ms Cassidy’s blog, the setting and activities that the children are involved in seem very familiar to Early Childhood contexts that I have worked in in the past. Anyone specialising in Early Childhood should definitely check it out.
Here is the link here if you would like to go and have a look
Thank you to Sandra who posted this link to the use of ICT in a Year 1 class in an Australian Context.
These two sites are a lifesaver. I spent hours collecting photos from Google Images and other sites, only to head into last weeks information about copyright and having to get rid of most of these images. The easiest way is to try creative commons flickr free pictures and then run them through imagecodr which will provide you with the licensing information under your images that you need in your assignment.
Thanks to Melissa (above) for sharing this fantastic resource – I think this would interest children who don’t normally engage very much in drawing and designing. The sound effects really capture and engage you. Check it out!
I work with children with special needs and have found Ziptales to be very helpful for younger children and Literacy Planet (depending on their level of Literacy).
Ziptales provide audible stories that children listen to and then read through themselves as they click on the mouse and turn over the pages. If children have difficulty using the usual mouse, there are special large sized ones (which are more like a ball) to help them master the skill. This can develop their confidence and skills in using technology. Ziptales (for early readers) contains very simple stories that have colourful images and characters which engage children. If you are not familiar with it already, you may want to check it out.
LiteracyPlanet teaches children aged 5-15 the fundamentals of reading, spelling, comprehension, grammar and phonics. The site characters are cute and funny. There is a prize wheel for completed work which children love to spin to win a prize. They design their own Avatar with the coins they make from completing work and they always have opportunities to repeat activities they may have struggled with.