The following links provide information and resources for using technology with young children in a center or classroom setting.
- Activating Children Through Technology Tools
This site contains technology integration activities and samples of kindergarten, first, and second grade products using digital cameras, microscope, and a variety of software applications as tools in the curriculum. Children’s creations include books, movies, slideshows, and podcasts.
Technology Review's Software Evaluation Instrument
This webpage on the
Children's Technology Review's site contains an instrument for evaluating software
to use with young children.
- Document Cameras
Pre-K Pages website contains a variety of ideas for integrating the use of a document camera into classroom activities.
- Document Cameras in the Classroom
This section of the Educational Technology Network website provides information on using a document camera in the classroom and ideas for how to use it in preschool and primary grades.
Introduction to Computer Environment - Sample Workshop
This online workshop
developed by the Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System at
the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood, Western Illinois University,
contains physical environment considerations and equipment requirements for a
preschool computer center. Users can register for other free workshops at the
This site contains a variety of links to resources for integrating technology into all areas of the curriculum.
Online - Technology Integration Workshop
This workshop developed by the
Interactive Technology Literacy Curriculum Project at Western Illinois University
contains activities and strategies for integrating technology into early literacy
Design the Future
University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction
Lab site contains video examples of children designing and using technology in
- Learning and Teaching Scotland: ICT in the Early Years
Learning and Teaching Scotland has a variety of resources related to learning and teaching with technology. On the "Sharing practice" section of their website, you can read about the use of a variety of technology tools, including whiteboards with case studies and comments from various classrooms.
- Learning, Digital Media and Creative Play in Early Childhood
Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning website contains Featured Stories with archived articles on topics related to technology integration and Videos section which shows examples of classroom use including some which focus on early childhood.
- Northwest Education Technology Consortium
Under Focus on Effectiveness, the site has classroom examples of how Internet applications and technology, such as a digital microscopes and projectors, can be used in early elementary classrooms.
- Queensland Government SMARTClassrooms
Ideas for integrating a variety of technologies into preschool through third grade curriculum are presented in a table format which includes examples of how technology can enhance learning, key learning areas, and sample resources.
- Technology Integration Matrix
The Technology Integration Matrix Grade Level Index contains video segments which show early elementary level students using various types of technology, including digital cameras, video cameras, and the Internet to explore topics in math, science, and language arts.
- Use of SMART Boards for teaching, learning, and assessment in kindergarten science
This link downloads a pdf version of an article from the June 2008 issue of teachingscience that provides information on what SMART Boards are and how they can be used in a kindergarten classroom.
All Young Learners
- Apps for Stages
This site provides lists of recommended apps organized around seven Stages of skill development ranging from cause and effect to functional skill achievement. Some of the early stages are applicable for younger children.
- Alliance for Technology Access Resource Hub
ResourceHUB on this site contains publications related to assistive technology and its use with young children which can be downloaded as pdf files.
for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
The Center housed at Western
Illinois University has federally-funded projects focusing on the use of technology
and assistive technology in early childhood. The site contains articles, curriculum
ideas, and research reports.
Center on Technology and Disability
The website hosted by this federally
funded project contains newsletters, discussions, AT organizations and resources,
fact sheets on aspects of technology including adaptive toys, and AT success stories.
The Let's Play Project at the Center for Assistive Technology,
University at Buffalo, provides educators and families with ways to play with
their infants and toddlers with disabilities, through the use of assistive technology.
Information on toy selection, universal design, and other AT resources are included.
This national research project's website contains a variety of
ideas for using AT with infants and toddlers for communication, mobility/positioning,
Design for Learning
CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology provides
articles, policies, and publications related to designing learning experiences
for all children.
Online Activities for Children
The following links are websites that contain interactive activities for children to use with other children or with an adult. Most of the activities are designed for children to explore visual effects and sounds, learn early math and literacy concepts, or to create artwork or stories.
This website contains a variety of activities related to drawing, counting, categorizing, letter recognition, and mouse manipulation.
Children can make visual effects appear and change as they move the mouse. This simple activity helps children explore mouse movement and activation in an appealing way.
This website contains a blank slate and drawing tools for children to create different visual effects which can be made into a drawing to save for later printing.
- Count Us In
A variety of math activities can be downloaded in Windows or Macintosh format from this website. A teacher or parent would need to set this up ahead of time and select activities, such as patterns, that would be interactive and appropriate for preschool children.
This website contains open-ended activities for young children to draw, create a picture, or make a story. The many options at this site insure interactivity for children.
Educators can use this collaborative storytelling site to help children read stories created by others or to create their own stories using the many choices of colorful characters and scenery. Created stories can be saved for private viewing or can be shared with others outside the classroom.