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Low cost ways to incorporate technology in preschool

Technology items can be added into the early childhood setting throughout all your learning centers to enhance play ... from to dramatic play and blocks, to math and writing centers. Consider adding:
  • Adding machines or calculators
  • Old typewriters or keypads
  • Old rotary push button or cell phones (be sure to remove cell phone batteries, otherwise cell phones can still dial 911, even if there is no service plan)
  • Voice recorder machines
  • Microphones or karaoke machines
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Watches or timers
  • CD/tape players, books on tape
  • Old cameras or video cameras
  • Old computer keyboard or mouse

_MG_6439 Other ideas to low-cost ways to incorporate technology into learning centers and pretend play:
  • Repurpose old or outdated laptop/computer for children's use Children can use simple programs like MS Word or MS Paint - just let them type and practice using the mouse!  (see post on PreK+K sharing blog)
  • Build a pretend computer for play - Use a box and old keyboard to make a pretend computer for dramatic play.  (see post on Brick by Brick blog)
  • Make pretend iPhones for literacy play Make “pretend” technology gadgets that children can use for pretend play, letter recognition and pre-writing skills.  Children can imitate technology use that they see every day.  (see post on Dragonflies in First blog)