With the aim of introducing mathematical ideas to children at the kindergarten level, my project is to create an educational program that reinforces understanding of pattern while simultaneously integrating the technology into the kindergarten classroom. Using the designable pattern maker, KinderBoard, children can have varied opportunities to create, describe, represent, compare, extend and connect patterns.
As a flexible program easily adapted to childrens’ learning needs, it provides teachers with the type of modular curriculum common to the kindergarten program. Teachers can easily plan and adjust their interactions with children by combining and recombining small activity chunks. Importantly, "learning by design" and investigation (Lehrer, 1998) is its conceptual base and the blueprint for its development. While this approach to teaching young children is well-supported by contemporary research and national association standards, there is virtually little or no evidence of its realization in most current instructional technology. My goal is a program that will begin to close this gap by its fit with the everyday teaching and learning life in classrooms.
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