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Using ICT with toddlers, mission possible!

As part of REFER 2018, Julie Fortin, teacher at Le Millénaire school, presented in a workshop the tools she favors for integrating digital technology with toddlers.

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On March 22 and 23, the Rendez-vous des Écoles Francophones en Réseau was held at Louis-Joseph Papineau High School. Under the theme of "school and learning: networks and links", the event once again highlighted exchanges and sharing.

One workshop I had the chance to attend is that of Julie Fortin who presented the way in which she integrated information and communications technologies with her kindergarten students. Entitled “It's not because they are small that they can't do anything”, this workshop demonstrated how young people can surprise us, regardless of their age.

“It's not true that you have to limit yourself to a kindergarten app or a kindergarten project for children to thrive and have fun. "- Julie Fortin

It is by trying things and adapting to the occasion that Ms. Fortin has integrated digital in her classroom. A kindergarten teacher in a village in Saguenay, she began to network through the École En Réseau community to meet her need for isolation. Little by little, she took part in small-scale projects on a larger scale. This year, she took her challenges to the next level by joining the school team. In the Millennium, innovative school with iPad 1: 1 classes. She humbly shared with us the tools she favors.

Information and computer skills

OneNote : From the Microsoft 365 suite, documents, or albums, are recorded, shared and accessible to students and their parents. Despite the tool's "non-user-friendliness", the children got to grips with it well.

Seesaw : Multiplatform application where activities are shared. With the tools available, it is easy to add a voice note to listen to the instructions during workshops. Seesaw allows you to see the work in real time and allows you to go and give immediate feedback to young people.

Creation

Scratch Jr : Programming helps develop students' creativity. It is possible to use the tools (eg the microphone) to go beyond the program and create stories, for example.

Book Creator : Creation of albums with image and single words.

Collaboration

Regarding collaboration, Ms. Fortin presented some activities that she has experienced with her classes over time.

Project of the Wolf who wants to travel around the world in ERA : Loup, from Organe Lallemand, walks in the countries of the album and the lady of the EER tells a story of each of these countries. By participating in this project, it gives Julie a planning "respite".

Visit of an entomologist in class : Presentation on insects and proposal of questions to the pupils. Using KF to create perspectives and fuel their thinking minds.

Cooking with class : Creation of a collaborative cookbook.

Rhythmic Vitamin : Initiated by Jonathan Bolduc, music teacher and researcher, the rhythmic vitamin offers 6 short long sounds that children learn gradually. A project that works on rhythm, coordination, listening, cadence.

Reading "Invent the end" : Reading two-thirds of a story and students have to invent the ending.

Close writing project: After the presentation of a picture, we have to decide on its spelling as a group to send it to a twin class which gives the answer after a given delay.

TWITTER projects suitable for non-writers, non-readers:

  • Pixel tag
  • Tag Sound
  • DephiAlpha
  • These trees that surround us

Some apps to try:

Why is the use of technology and co-creation beneficial?

According to Julie Fortin, the use of technology allows students, among other things, to:

  • Ask a question.
  • Introduce and introduce yourself.
  • Speak.
  • Speak out.
  • Reflect.
  • Create.
  • Cultivate your general culture. 

Ms. Julie's advice

For young students, carrying out projects takes longer. The project and / or its schedule must be fragmented, split up, adapted to meet the specific needs of this clientele. Warning: the attention cycle of toddlers is short. What's more, you have to manage the number of projects you embark on. A word of advice: do not do more than 2 projects at a time. Finally, it is important to choose according to your students, or better yet, with them, before registering for an activity or a project.

“You can do without technology. But when you have it and you use it well, kids are motivated and eager to work with it because the possibilities are endless. "- Julie Fortin

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About the Author

Julie R.-Bordeleau
Julie R.-Bordeleauhttp://apprendre.education
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website julierbordeleau.com, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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