Technology is an ever growing presence in our daily lives. At Peace of Mind, we’ve put a lot of thought and consideration into how we use technology and interactive media in our classrooms, and with your child.
Peace of Mind utilizes Tadpoles as our primary form of communication with parents. Tadpoles is a phone app, web page, and email service that allows parents to: receive photos, videos and notes, download or share those photos or videos, mark your child out sick or on vacation, and receive emergency alerts by text message. Tadpoles also logs your child’s meals, medications, and diaper or potty training schedule, as well as sharing the classroom’s theme and daily activities. Tadpoles is the easiest and most effective way that we can share information with you about your child, our classrooms, and all the special activities we do at Peace of Mind! You can learn more about Tadpoles at http://www.tadpoles.com/
In our classrooms, we are very selective and cognizant of the technology we expose your child to. As a NAEYC accredited child care provider, we follow the guidelines set by NAEYC’s Position Statement: Technology and Interactive Media. NAEYC believes that “when the integration of technology and interactive media in early childhood programs is built upon solid developmental foundations, and early childhood professionals are aware of both the challenges and the opportunities, educators are positioned to improve program quality by intentionally leveraging the potential of technology and media for the benefit of every child.”
Putting that philosophy in action, Peace of Mind uses Smart Boards in our classrooms. Smart Boards are an interactive whiteboard/projector. In the classroom, the projector may be used to display multiple forms of media, including photos, illustrations, maps, graphs, games, and videos. These tools not only enrich the classroom experience but also help to expand the nature of content that can be used in learning. Smart Boards also allow for the different ways child learn and process new materials. Visual learners can watch projected visual elements, while audio learners can listen and have discussions, and the touchscreen capabilities of a Smart Board allow tactile learners to touch and interact with the board to learn.
Our newest interactive media tool is Beam Interactive Gaming. You may have seen one of our two new Beam systems either in the gym, or in the cafeteria. Beam projects a virtual reality game onto the floor that creates both a mental and physical playtime, stimulating mind and body. An added benefit of Beam, is that many of the games are team games, which builds social skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and healthy exercise habits.
Understanding that technology and interactive media will continue to be a major component in education and the workplace has lead Peace of Mind to thoughtfully incorporate it into our curriculum and classrooms. Children who use technology today will be more adapted to using it in the future. The importance of technology in the classroom goes beyond proficiency – it allows teachers to reinforce their lessons, gives instant access to knowledge, and promotes skills such as critical thinking, independent research, problem solving, and self-management