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If You Give a Kindergartener a Chromebook

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 25, 12:15–1:15 pm
Location: 107AB

Jennifer Eggert   Amy Fonk   Joshua Halverson  
Want to experience the magic that occurs when kindergarteners and Chromebooks collide? Learn how to effectively and meaningfully use Chromebooks with Kinders. I'll share our journey of successes and failures while offering resources that you can take back to use with your own class, whether just beginning or experienced.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google - G Suite
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this lecture is to establish a Professional Learning Network for educators using Chromebooks with kindergarteners. I will support attendees through the sharing of successes and failures experienced in an effort to support others with their implementation of Chromebooks with kindergarteners. I want attendees to leave with a toolbox of templates/resources for them to be able to extend cross-curricular content and standards beyond the classroom to real-life application. Attendees will leave feeling confident that kindergarteners can easily and effectively use Chromebooks to transform their learning. This lecture will consist of examples from a variety of educational professionals in multiple positions (Technology Director, Instructional Technology Coach, and Kindergarten Teachers). Examples will showcase different demographic districts as indicated in the Supporting Research section. Attendees will also leave with sample lesson plans and a scope/sequence that both districts use to help embed computing skills into Kindergarten content standards.



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Jennifer Eggert, Bloomingdale School District 13

Jennifer Eggert is an Instructional Technology Coach at DuJardin Elementary School in Bloomingdale, Illinois. She works with teachers and students to create innovative and unique 21st century experiences to transform learning. In 2017, she was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and continues to mentor preservice teachers for the non-profit organization. In addition, she designs instructional content for the EdTech company, WeVideo. Listen to her podcast, THE ROAR: Learning Run Wild! and follow her on Twitter at @mrseggert13.

Amy Fonk, DuJardin Elementary SChool

Amy Fonk is a kindergarten teacher at DuJardin Elementary School in Bloomingdale Illinois. She has been teaching kindergarten for three decades, yet continues to implement innovative ideas to meet all student needs. Her passions include social emotional learning, technology integration, and helping students be the best they can be! Follow her on Twitter @mrsfonksfriends!

Joshua Halverson, Wood Dale School District #7

Joshua is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Instructional Technology at Northern Illinois University and holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from National Louis University. He is currently the Technology Director for Wood Dale School District 7. Previously, he has taught 2nd and 4th grade and has also been an Instructional Coach. Joshua has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, FTEC, ICE, and IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference in 2015 on 1:1 devices within education.

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