Monthly Archives: October 2013

Finding a quality childcare.

One of the biggest challenges that parent come across is finding a quality childcare for their children. I have spoken to many parents and they don’t usually know what they are looking for in a childcare other than timings and the cost.

Find Quality childcare is a website created by  Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), to help educate parents on what quality childcare looks like.

Below is the link to access this site. I highly recommend this site for parents looking for a childcare for their children.

http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/

P.s this link will be posted under resources for parents page.

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Using Technology to Support K-4 Learners- A Reflection

I recently read this following post that I found rather intriguing. This is something that is a big step towards the future of teaching in my opinion.

 Click the bellow link to access the article:

Using Technology to Support K-4 Learners

Here is a little reflection that I did on this article:

This post by Tech News published on June 20th 2013, talks about a new research taking place in couple of school boards in Alberta. For the purpose of the study, researchers provide children from kindergarten to grades 2 with technology like video cameras, gps, motion detectors, software apps; and children from grades 3 to 4 with digital cameras, Google docs, mind mapping software and presentation tools. Children use these technologies in their daily routines and experiments with them while carrying daily activities. Teachers and educators plan curriculum and activities that allow for children to use these technologies. These technologies provide the chance to educators to come up new and innovative ways to interact with children, and in many cases takes children learning and experiences to the next level. Since this research is only in its 1st of total 2 years it’s hard to say what will become of this and whether other school boards would implement something like this or not, but one thing for sure it does give a person a lot to think about.

In many of the classes we have talked a lot about technologies that could be used by or either with children. These technologies and tools are usually something like a software where children could record themselves or write something. This research or study introduces technologies that adults use in their lives to children. If you step back for a minute and think why a 6-year-old needs a gps, or a motion detector. But the beauty of this is that they lean so much by engaging with it. Also we often talk about the purpose of kindergarten or early school to get children life ready, what is a better way to get them ready than giving them the tools that they would be using in the future (or similar tools, my guess is technology would have advanced way too much that this would be outdated) and letting them use it now.

This article is very useful to me as an ECE because it actually opened my mind up. So far I have only thought that apps on iPads or laptops would be useful to me, but the idea of using motion detectors makes me feel excited. Also this article really indicates what the future is going to look like for our field, and we as ECEs need to be comfortable with using these technologies so we can implement this. It might take few years for the entire Canada to catch on to this but my guess is it will happen eventually and couple of years down the road pre-school and kindergarten classes would be equipped with these tools.

As someone who has taken child development for the past two years I am firm believer that children are like sponges. Backed by science and hard-core research we know that children would pick up on things easier earlier in their life compared to later. Introducing these tools to them sets them up for easier time living in a world where technology is so common and crucial. My pedagogy includes that children learn best when they explore things, nature, and their surroundings on their own and as educators our job is to provide them with tools and moral support that foster their learning. As I said before having these kinds of tools available for children  takes their experience of learning to the next level.

I will post the article under the article page if any of you are interested in reading it.

Related readings:

Flexible Pathways to Success: Technology to Design for Diversity

Source image: http://ruthcatchen.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/five-ways-schools-are-using-technology-in-the-classroom-1.jpeg

Source article: http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/LandingPage.aspx?id=1273856&p=1

The Halton Resource Connection

This morning for my Quality Assurance class we had a visit from two representatives from The Halton Resource Connection in one my classes. The presentation was about two hours long with a lot content. Now let me just say that I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT, and this is coming from someone who is not a morning person and doesn’t like to sit through long seminars. The presenter, and her assistant, presented the materials very well. The presentation was on Inclusion Quality Scale and Caregiver Interaction Scale, so i guess that factor played in their favour as its something I am very infatuated with. They delivered the content by doing groups activities, showing short clips (even though we had many technical difficulties) and discussions.

They also provided everyone in the classroom with a one day free pass, which I thought was great. Just like CDCRP and THRC has many resources for ECEs and parents. Again another membership I highly recommend for anyone living or working in the Halton Region and also for parents that have a child in childcare in Halton Region.

To access the site click here

Again I am going to post a link for the website under the professional development resources page.

Image source: http://thrc.ca/

CDCRP–A great resource for educators

 

 

 

 

Every RECE living or working in the Region of Peel should have membership with CDCRP.

CDCRP offers many professional development resources for not only ECEs but also parents and community members. Be it a job bank, professional development courses and seminars, or the opportunity to borrow resources for classrooms, CDRCP has it all. The highlight of this website for me is the webinars and eLearning opportunities, because they could be accessed by anywhere.

Click here to access the CDRCP website

I am going to post a link to the website on the professional development page as well.

Image source: http://www.cdrcp.com/