Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwiːkiˈpiːdiə/ or /ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/) is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project. (Wikipedia, 2009). I have used WIKIPedia many times before, especially for the use of finding definitions, although you need to make sure it's what your looking for. Even though there are a tight set of guidelines on what information is contributed, (Central Queensland University, 2009). there are still a few things that are published that have no relevance to the actual topic you are researching. Need to ensure the information you find is accurate and correct before utilising it.
I undertook a search in the area of Early Childhood which is what I'm specialising in. However I didn't really find many resources and those that I did find were not of a technological nature. I found many resources for outdoor use to help with gross motor programs.
Although I did not find the following program of PALS on Wikipedia I felt it was appropriate that I share this with you. PALS which stands for Playing And Learning to Socialise Program, (Inscript creative educational resources, 2007). is quite self explanatory in itself as it's a program designed for children aged 3 to 6 years teaching them the basic skills that are a necessity in life. Some of the skills that are taught are greeting others, identifying feelings and sharing to name a few. The program is already written out and all early childhood educators have to do is follow the program. However, while using this program earlier in the year while on prac at a local Kindergarten I tended to modify the lessons quite a lot to tailor to the students needs and wants.
The use of ICTS is also incorporated into this program with the use of DVDS and CDS, hence why I thought this would be appropriate to share.
I personally think it was an amazing program and the children were very engaged within the topics and skills that it taught the students. It was clear to see that the students also took a lot away from this program.
Please inform me on yours thoughts about the PALS program and also if you find any educational resources for an early childhood cohort that I may be able to add to my list.
Central Queensland University. (2009). WIKIPedia. Retrieved on 7th August, 2009, from: http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=671
Inscript creative educational resources. (2007). PALS Social Skills Program. Retrieved on 7th August, 2009, from: http://www.palsprogram.com.au/
Wikipedia. (2009). Wikipedia: About. Retrieved on 7th August, 2009, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About