Integrating Modern-Day Technology in Early Childhood

“All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity; they have interest in relationships, in constructing their own learning, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them.” – Lella Gandini 

Kinderoo Children’s Academy welcomes modern-day technology and always tries to maintain a creative and innovative approach for the future of learning. In doing so, we utilize tools such as webcams, laptops connected to digital microscopes, and projectors to enhance or enlarge findings onto the wall to facilitate research and analysis (STREAM). 

Exploring the Digital Microscope

In continuation of researching what it means to be themselves, the children were invited to explore their physical selves even more in depth using the digital microscope. Integrating technology into our daily routines and studies has motivated the children and enabled a greater interest in learning new things. Furthermore, given today’s highly technological society, it is important for children to have exposure to a variety of these technologies.

To begin, Ms. Jenny invited the children to explore their hands underneath the microscope:

Ms. Jenny: “What can we see under the microscope?”

J.: “I want to see!” He placed his finger first, “Look, my finger is big! It’s pink.”

Ms. Jenny: “What else do you notice?”

J.: “I can see my nail!” He then attempted to explore his elbow and even his ear, “It’s not easy!”. He continued to explore other materials such as lemons, a dragonfly, and leaves, “Wow!” 

Ms. Jenny: “What do you see?”

J.: “I can see the eyes!” 

K.: Placed his hand underneath the scope, “I see lines.” He then flipped his hand to see if there were lines on the other side as well.  

Ms. Jenny: “Do you notice something different when you flip your hand?”

K.: “My nail is dirty! I need to wash my hands again!”

Ms. Jenny took advantage of this observation to discuss and review the importance of keeping our hands clean, especially during this time. We also discussed how using the digital microscope can magnify everything.

K.: Invited his friends to place their hand underneath the scope so that he could approach the projection and observe them closely, “Lines!” He then placed his hand next to the projected image. Ms. Jenny wonders if he was comparing his hand with the image of the projected hand.

Ms. Jenny: “What do you think?”

K.: “It’s the same color, but my hand is smaller.”

C.: Observed an image of his friend’s nail and placed his hand next to it, “Mira esta una tan grande.” (Look, this nail is so big.).

T.: “I want to try!” She explored her finger under the scope but quickly removed it as her attention shifted to the other materials. Using the light table, she began to explore the lemon, flowers and leaves, “Look how it changed. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?!”

Ms. Jenny: “What is beautiful?”

T.: “Look, the colors!” She then began to discuss the lines with her friends.

Ms. Jenny: “What do you notice?!”

T.: “Lines!” She then took Ms. Jenny’s phone and took a picture of them, “It’s important.”

A.: Observed the different materials under the microscope. Once she noticed how the projection changed when she changed the materials, she began to replace the materials to observe the different projections.

Contributing Researchers: Jenny Gallego, Diana Hurtado, Chelsie Braun

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