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http://www.starfall.com/

This website was noted in several Kindergarten Blogs that I have reviewed.  It brought out curiosity.  I wanted to see why everyone was using it.  I can tell you from experience, that I will be using this site as well.  The graphics are great.  It is quick to load but the learning that can happen through this website is not drill and kill.  It is fun and entertaining.

This website hits many sections of the Blooms Chart.  For instance, Evaluate, the student needs to make decisions throughout the entire program.  Create, the students create different activities that they can practice reading or have read to them.  This program can reinforce many skills taught in the classroom. 

http://www.whizkidgames.com/

This web site was created for children with Autism.  It is made up of games and videos that represent social issues that these children have to endure.  This can be used in a classroom to practice using social skills.  The animations are simple and not over stimulating.

In the Blooms chart, this website offers practice in the Application section.  It offers role playing situations for the children to practice.

Teacher Tube:

Teacher Tube was the idea of Jason Smith.  He wanted to provide a resource where educators could share instructional videos.  This sight would be available at no cost and would give a safe venue for teachers, schools and home learners to post and view videos.

This is not a new technology on the market, it was created in 2007 however it is new to me.  This site could be compared to UTube, however, it would be more friendly to the education world because of the safety factor of what is being looked at.

http://www.teachertube.com/

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Early Ed. Watch

 

http://earlyed.newamerica.net/node/59777

This pod cast is over a year old.  I am attempting to learn updated information about Kindergarten so I can be the best teacher I can be, as the new school year begins.  What I learned from this pod cast is that not all 50 states mandate all day Kindergarten for their students.  In fact, only 10 states require all day Kindergarten.  This is amazing information because the new Common Core Standards apply to all Kindergarteners.  That means in some states, children may only be getting 2-3 hours of content a day compared to others who receive 5-6 hours.  Over the course of a year, this amount of time adds up.  The NAYEC has also been advocating that states require just as many hours in Kindergarten as in First grade.  Even though it is not mandated, some school districts offer all day programs at their own cost.  Some districts use tax payer monies, others charge tuition for an full day program, each child should be offered the same in every state.

This pod cast was hosted by Lisa Guernsey

Kristie Kauerz, project director of PreK-3rd Education at the University of Washington and Harvard University, and

Cathy Grace, director of early childhood development at the Children’s Defense Fund.

There were not any new technology discussed, however, finding a professional podcast was more difficult then I had imagined.  I would like to add this to my 15 minute drive to work, I also would like to increase my knowledge base, however, I am not sure I have found quality, up to date podcast or home pages for them.