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ERIC Number: ED425019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Connecting Families through Innovative Technology in an Early Childhood Gifted Program.
Kristovich, Sharon; Hertzog, Nancy B.; Klein, Marjorie
University Primary School (UPS) is an early childhood gifted program affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This paper highlights three innovative uses of technology at UPS: Knowledge Web pages, photo portfolios, and Chickscope. The Knowledge Web pages are a collection of Web pages that serve as a virtual bulletin board for the students' project work. This virtual bulletin board extends the classroom to the home where parents can view their child's work. Photography, including the use of a digital camera, has enhanced the ability of the teachers to document the learning that occurs in a project-based curriculum. Photo portfolios document areas of growth that are not easily captured by traditional measures of assessment. Chickscope enabled students in a K-1 classroom to control an MRI scanner at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to study developing chicken embryos. This paper also describes ways in which children integrate the Internet into many aspects of their ongoing work. These examples of how UPS uses the latest in technology provide a starting point for many educators who are planning to integrate technology into their curriculum, program goals, and everyday activities. The paper's appendix lists computer resources needed to create the Knowledge Web pages. (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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