To some, technology in the Kindergarten classroom is a very abstract idea; it poses quite a few questions. How are they going to learn to be creative? How are they going to develop their fine motor skills? How are they going to learn to communicate and collaborate? As a Kindergarten teacher, when looking at these questions, it’s a bit overwhelming to figure out how to make all of this possible while implementing technology. AwwApp has given me the opportunity to allow my students to develop each of these VERY necessary skills, while still using technology.
How are they going to learn to be creative?
Whether we are using AwwApp to practice our sight words, respond to a writing prompt, or just to have free time, my students are putting their own twist into what they are creating. They are no longer just using a whiteboard with a black marker. Now, they have 8 different colors, and 4 different sizes of markers right in front of them. They can draw, type, or insert pictures into their work. All of these tools are so easy, my Kinders taught themselves how to use them.
How are they going to develop their fine motor skills?
AwwApp allows my students the opportunity to use a few different methods to complete their assignments. They are either using their finger to draw and write on their touchscreen, or they are using their fingers on the trackpad to draw and write. If they choose to insert a text box to create their answer, they are developing their fine motor skills by typing on the keyboard.
How are they going to learn to communicate and collaborate?
We use AwwApp for free time in my Kindergarten classroom. However, we also use it to practice sight words, write sentences, and respond to given prompts. My students are communicating through the products they are creating, as well as when they share their work with the class or with a friend. AwwApp also offers the opportunity for students to collaborate by inviting them to add to the same board.
AwwApp has been a game changer in our Kindergarten classroom. Although traditional writing, cutting, and pasting is still very important in Kindergarten; AwwApp is a tool that has allowed my Kinders to continue to develop the skills that are very important at 5 and 6 years old through technology. It can be used in so many different ways, you just have to think outside the box.