Integrating Technology in Pre-K
My class is obsessed with our Letter of the Week iMovie productions! It's a quick and engaging way to assess your students' knowledge of letter identification, beginning sounds, and capital/lowercase differentiation. I'll show you how to use iMovie with your students. First, here's an example:
Activities Day-by-Day:Monday and Tuesday - Investigate the letter via books, songs, etc... Use your usual teaching tools.
Pretty easy so far, huh? Nothing new needed.
Wednesday and Thursday - Have your students walk around your classroom or school and take pictures of letters and objects that begin with the letter of the week. Send all of the photos via Dropbox- more on that below- and put them in whatever order you would like on iMovie.
Friday: Have a viewing party and watch the iMovie. The kids will want to watch it several times.
Don't feel discouraged if you don't have a class set of iPads or any iPads at all! Just use your iPhone! The students could search for objects and raise their hand once they have found their object/letter. Then, you'd just have to send them iMovie. I did this at the beginning of the year and it worked perfectly.
How to Set Up and Use Dropbox:I have 1:1 devices, so I share all of the photos via AirDrop. However, our AirDrop is sometimes locked. Then we use Dropbox. I just send them to myself during nap time or after school. You can teach your kiddos to share photos via Dropbox....IF YOU'RE BRAVE! ;)
If you don't have Dropbox, go here to create an account. It's really easy and only takes 2 minutes max.
If you already have a Dropbox account, just make sure you sign in.
How to Make a 1-Minute iMovie:
Reasons why I love Letter of the Week iMovies:
- The kids are completely engaged!
- Technology! Technology! Technology!
- The students feel a sense of pride because they are taking ownership of their learning!
- They get to yell, "That's what I found!" really loudly while the other students cheer.