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Report Introduction During this report I will be giving a general overview of the types of resources used to aid a specific area of 3-5 year old children's' learning and development. The area chosen is numeracy. During the report, software, hardware and online resources will be discussed and their importance within the area will be explained. General Many aspects of ICT will be found in many schools across the country; whether it be a PC or Laptop, to Roma's to electronic cash registers. All items of ICT (Software, hardware and online resources) can be effective when educating children in numeracy. - Software Software can be an effective way to educate children. Around today are many types of software/programmes that can be used to aid all areas of a child's development. There are two types of software available; Content Free software and Content Rich software; both of which will be explained below. - Content Free software is software that provides a blank canvas of which can be worked on. This can be used within the curriculum as a teaching tool. It relates to the early learning goals as one of them is: - "Using own methods to solve a problem" (Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage pg 76) ...read more.

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This would aid number recognition and number sequencing. Participating in this activity and using this Maths Mat can cover most aspects of mathematics. This mat is also good to support and adapt for the diversity we now see in society. Within classrooms today, each child is individual. Some are more able, some children are of average/able ability and some children are less able than others. Because of the structure of the learning environment, activities now have to be adapted and have to be able to be used in many situations with many diverse abilities. - Online Resources Online resources are now used widely to educate. They are defined as: "Sources that are available in an electronic medium, most commonly on the Internet. These resources include CD-ROMs, discs, and the Internet." (www.somervillepubliclibrary.org) One particular website that is useful when educating mathematics to children in the Foundation Stage is the Birmingham Grid For Learning's website or www.bgfl.org. On this site there are many different resources that can aid many different branches of mathematical development. On the BGFL website there is a game called "Fruits". (http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?s=1&m=220&p=136,view_resource&id=196) On this game there are 3 levels. This can be useful to enable all children with diverse learning capabilities to learn numbers 1-10. ...read more.

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It can appeal to many learning styles and is easy to use as a structure or base for knowledge (especially software). Resources in ICT are believed to be good learning resources in the Social Constructivism Model of Learning. "The key idea is that students actively construct their own knowledge" (http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/openup/bookshops/tk/tk_dec06.pdf) By using content-free software, a child can actively build on the knowledge that the teacher would like them to. The teacher is able to input the information he/she thinks the child requires in order to gain the most he/she can from the activity. The child can then build on the knowledge to acquire new information. However there are some disadvantages of using ICT. For one there is sufficient lack of teacher input and the knowledge that can be passed over to pupils. Children can be distracted from the activity and worry too much about quantity instead of quality. They can get easily distracted. On the other hand the children can get fixated by colours, fonts, structures and may not benefit as much as they could from the activities through ICT. Only a limited amount of information can be transferred through ICT. Not all knowledge may be relevant and some useful knowledge may not be given to the child and could lead to recession. Reference List http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/database/ICTadvice.html#advantages http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/openup/bookshops/tk/tk_dec06.pdf http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/UserInfo/Resources/Hardware - 23/11/06 http://www.rm.com/Primary/Products/Product.asp?cref=PD539109 - 22/11/06 http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org http://www.tip.psychology.org/vygotsky.html Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage ...read more.

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