Here’s the thing, teaching little learners does have some challenges, but there is nothing those kiddos can’t do. There is a common misconception that primary students are to too young to use Google Apps. We just have to put the correct tools in their hand and scaffold appropriately. The best way to introduce Google tools to your students is through the use of Google Classroom. You can use Google Classroom to teach about about various Google tools such as Google Docs, Google Drawings and Google Slides. This will give students the opportunity to create, collaborate, learn and explore.
I recently got the opportunity to do a lesson in a Kindergarten classroom with an Interactive Eno board. I decided to introduce Google Slides to the students and to change up their daily Calendar Routine. Google slides is easy for students to manipulate on tablets. Students are able to easily add shapes, enter text and use the drag and drop features. The kindergarten class had an interactive whiteboard and the classroom teacher wanted to know how she can make her classroom more engaging with the interactive whiteboard. I created a Google Slides template for calendar time for their daily routine. Students not only completed the activity with me concurrently but students also came up and interacted with the whiteboard explaining their thinking. This allowed all the students to participate and be highly engaged in all the calendar activities.
Below is an example of a Google Slides template you can use with your students for Calendar Time.
Need some inspiration?
Christine Pinto teaches kindy and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. She uses Google Apps at very high levels with her little learners. Pinto is a great resource for primary teachers. She blogs (christinepinto.com) and tweets to the #GAFE4littles hashtag. (Her Twitter handle is @pintobeanz11.)