The Early Years: Integrating Digital Toolsby: Peggy Ashbrook

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This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month’s issue talks about how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum.

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  • on Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:16 AM

This article made a great point in how teachers need to be educated in digital tools. Technology will most certainly engage students but teachers need to know how to use the technology first.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields

  • on Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:18 PM

Today I read an article named “Integrating Digital Tools”. The author, Peggy Ashbrook (2007) states that more and more elementary schools are beginning to introduce digital tools into the curriculum. (p.20) At the end of his article, the author gives an activity about how to use the digital tools in the class. Students should create a message to send or take home by using technology. I think integrating digital tools with science class can help students understand new concepts better and practice science theory. When students learn how to use digital tools, they will practice their necessary skills and develop their cognitive ability. In addition, digital tools can be used in group and individual activity to help students achieve their learning goals. In my opinion, digital tools can not only be used in science class, it is also a good way to teach other subjects. In my future class, I will use digital tools to teach my students. For example, I will use computers to show an interesting video as a hook to help students concentrate on my class. I will use 3D printer to help students understand the structure of the earth. I prefer my students to do experiments to explore new things.

Yu Ni
Yu Ni

  • on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:04 PM

It is true that integrating digital tools in science class is ubiquitous nowadays. I agree with you on the teacher need to be professional in using digital tools, so teacher can provide student-friendly instructions for them. While employing digital tools, the teacher in science classes need to consider the disadvantages of using it and try to avoid them. For example, when allowed to glean resources from internet, students may check their emails or browse other social websites, which will influence their learning and waste their time in class.

Jingjing Heng
Jingjing Heng

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