My previous post talked about my experience in joining several professional networks. Another assignment that I was given as a part of my graduate course work, was to create a lesson plan with an embedded interactive digital tool. I’d say about 80% of my graduate class, at the time, were middle school and high school educators, and as I was looking through some of the lesson plans that they had posted for peer review, I was blown away with the things they were coming up with. There were lessons that utilized social media with the students. We all know students LOVE social media, so when you can tweet and hashtag for school… that’s pretty much the coolest thing ever for them. Talk about gaining interest! There were some great Prezis and wonderful ideas about utilizing other programs with students like Google Drive, Kahoot, Plickers, Padlet… I could go on and on. I was getting so many great ideas and inspiration, but being an Early Childhood teacher and trying to find new ways to integrate technology with my 3 and 4 year olds (that aren’t JUST iPad games!), was proving to be quite challenging. I spent the entire week researching and trying out different programs, apps and softwares that might benefit my Early Childhood classroom. I came across an app called Shadow Puppet, which is an app that teaches our children digital storytelling. Since our school already embraces the Storytelling Project, I thought this would be perfect. I will say that I feel that this app would be perfect for PreK-2nd grade students, but with some assistance and guidance from the instructors, some great digital stories can be created with even 3 and 4 year olds.
Attached is the sample lesson plan along with comments: