Teaching sciences and mathematics concepts in the early grades: k-3 teachers engaging developmentally appropriate practice which Incorporates technologies
Speaker, Richard B. Jr.
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This paper examines the practices and concepts used in teaching science and mathematics concepts to young children (kindergarten through grade 3) while integrating computer and multimedia technologies and hands-on activities into developmentally appropriate classroom environments using goals and standards set out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Observational data is drawn in the form of vignettes from three classroom sites. The first teacher uses a high level of integration of technology and handon experience to support math and science education.. The second teacher uses technology mainly to support literacy activities and is working toward fully integrating technology into math and science teaching. In the third classroom, the teacher uses technology to support family involvement and to inform family members of classroom activities and curriculum. This paper is part of a proposed symposium for teachers titled: Technologies for Teaching Science and Mathematics in the K-12 Schools: Reviews, Observations and Directions for Practice in the Southern United States.