Enter D'Apps I'm using this site to gain competence with technologies that I intend to utilize in the classroom. My college is doing a pretty good job teaching traditional methods, however, I only have one instructional media class and I believe that 21st century students should learn with 21st century technology. When I begin my teaching career, I want to integrate technology starting on the first day, and the only way I'll be able to do that is to start practicing now. I'll use blogs in the classroom for communicating with parents and daily roving reporting by students. Students will also have the option to write on their own blog. Over the next couple of years I'll model how I'll use use blogging in the classroom on this site. Please check out my other sites concerning Handhelds and Podcasting.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


Using Databases with 7 Year Olds

Last week, my daughter went on field trip to the Michigan State University Bug House and used a small notepad to record information and draw pictures of some of the insect she encountered. Seeing this notepad, I began to wonder if I could create a database on the handheld that, theoretically, would be easy enough for a 7 year old to use in the field. Using Smartlist To Go, the following is what I came up with:

After a couple minutes of practice, Rachel had no trouble completing the steps. In some cases, it would be nice for younger children to practice inputting information and text with conventional methods. Sometimes, however, speed and accuracy are a necessity, and I think this is a way to accomplish these goals with young children.

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