My name is Kia Jones and I am a computer applications teacher in K-6 school. I have about 750 students and I see each class 2x per week for two marking periods. I am struggling with finding engaging and age appropriate activities for kindergarten. I do not have a textbook. I tried looking for one at the teacher's convention but the vendors did not have resources geared to the elementary level.
Hi Kia! I feel your pain - I teach PS-8th grade as the technology teacher. I try to rotate through a set range of activities - internet usage, mouse/keyboarding skills, program/software use, and content integration. By the time my K's get to me, they're pretty good with mouse skills, but I use some free webgames to brush up on click, drag, double-click, etc. .I use www.starfall.com for both keyboarding skills and early reading practice. I use www.iknowthat.com for early math - counting to 12 and skip counting. Their favorites are Leon Movies and Leon DoJo. I also use Kid Keys software for keyboard recognition, not formal keyboarding (I don't do that until late 1st grade). I like the lessons at www.cybersmartcurriculum.org for internet lessons, safety, usage, etc. At the start of the second quarter, I teach the kids to log on with their own username and password. We also work on lauching programs and exiting programs as well as logging off/shutting down. Once a quarter (at least) I do an curriculum integration - 1st quarter we type a Halloween poem, 2nd quarter we type a winter poem, 3rd quarter we draw a space picture using Paint, 4th quarter we type our character ed lifeskills and do a safety book in PowerPoint. K is tough - there are many times I feel like I'm banging my head against a brick wall, but it's great to see the growth the following year.
Let me know if you need more ideas. I'm happy to share :)
Kids Keys is purchased software published by Knowledge Adventures. I have used Type to Learn Jr. by Sunburst in the past because it has an activity that does right hand - left hand practice. In other words, instead of just using their dominant for all keyboarding, TTL Jr. works on getting kids to use both hands. I like Kid Keys as the introductory to home row keyboarding. I do Kid Keys in 2nd also. For my 3rd-4th I use Type to Learn and 5th I use Typing Instructor. I also found a few internet sites for keyboarding, but not as good as the purchased software.
I teach first grade and had the same problems at the beginning of the year. With no tech help I've been spending a lot of time on my computer this year hunting out some good interactive and engaging sites. These are some of the best I have found.