Individualized Technology & Small Group Instruction

Instructional Technology, when used effectively, is a tool that can be used to individualize instruction.

Hand On Minds On classes have access to a lab with 10 computers. Each computer in the lab runs the same program, each running their own CD. Students log in on the same computer each day using their own name so that they can pick up where they left off the day before. Age appropriate software is used and programs are changed on a monthly basis.

The software reinforces concepts learned and tracks student progress in such areas as mathematical understanding, language, and literacy.

The teaching assistant accompanies half of the class to the lab while the teacher works with the other half of the class doing small group instruction as well as reinforcement in math and language arts. This model of the use of instructional technology also allows the teacher to work in small groups for such activities as cooking, art projects, or garden field studies.

By introducing the use of computers at an early age, students develop fine motor skills while using the mouse and also learn keyboarding skills that will help them when entering elementary school.

Hands On Minds On Individualized Technology & Small Group Instruction
VPK Standards Correlation

II. Approaches to Learning

A. Eagerness and Curiosity

A.1. Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner

III. Social and Emotional Development

A. Self-concept

A.2. Shows some self-direction

B. Self-control

B.1. Follows simple classroom rules and routines

B.2. Uses classroom materials carefully

B.3. Manages transitions

V. Emergent Literacy

A. Emergent Reading

A.2. Shows age-appropriate phonological awareness

A.3. Shows alphabetic knowledge

VI. Cognitive Development and General Knowledge

A. Mathematical Thinking

A.a. Mathematical Processes

A.a.1. Begins to use simple strategies to solve mathematical problems

A.b. Patterns, Relationships, and Functions

A.b.1. Sorts objects into subgroups that vary by one or two attributes

A.b.2. Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them

A.b.3. Collects and analyzes information (data analysis)

A.c. Number and Operations

A.c.1. Shows beginning understanding of number and quantity

A.d. Geometry and Spatial Relations

A.d.1. Begins to recognize and describe the attributes of shapes

A.d.2. Shows understanding of and uses several positional words

A.e. Measurement

A.e.1. Orders, compares, and describes objects according to a single attribute

D. The Arts

D.a. Expression and Representation

D.a.1. Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration

D.b. Understanding and Appreciation

D.b.1. Responds to artistic creations or events

VII. Motor Development A. Gross Motor Development

A.1. Moves with balance and control

A.2. Coordinates movements to perform simple tasks

B. Fine Motor Development

B.1. Uses strength and control to perform simple tasks

B.2. Uses eye-hand coordination to perform tasks

B.3. Shows beginning control of writing, drawing, and art tools

C. Social Studies

C.1. Begins to be aware of technology and how it affects life