I have been working for over 20 years in a Montessori school where the fundamental skills of phonetic reading, math facts and cursive writing are taught at a very young age. Our Montessori philosophy believes in working with concrete materials and then leading students to abstraction. In the past, our Montessori school has not been driven by technology because our emphasis has been on fostering and developing these basic skills that all students require to succeed. However, as we know, technology is a big part of today’s world and is woven into just about every aspect of our lives. I am not tech savvy myself, and require guidance on how to make this change happen within the classroom.
This year our classroom has been given 4 desktops, one laptop and 5 ipads. My challenge and struggle this year will be how to continue teaching our enriched Montessori curriculum and integrate technology to enhance student learning. How can I open up a whole new world of engagement, personalized learning, and collaboration with the use of technology?
We are currently using Raz kids for a reading program with our grade 1’s and IXL with students who require additional assistance with math or language skills. I know this is a start, but there is so much more I can do. If anyone has any great apps that they use with their younger students please pass them along. If anyone has any great ideas I am more than grateful to hear what you are doing.