The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. strives to enhance the knowledge of the children who participate in our Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts programs. During the summer we have purchased Smartboard projectors and iPads to be used in our classrooms. With this technology, there is more interaction of the whole class by having the children manipulate objects on the board and use of the special pens. The iPads are connected to the smartboard projectors so the teacher can display what is on the iPad to the whole class. The teacher can use this as a basis of discuss with the children. The projectors are also connected to the Internet so staff can access a number of early learning sites, such as PBS.org. The goal is to make learning fun and ensure all children are being prepared for their transition to kindergarten.
This technology will expose the children to a new way to learn. With this interactive technology, the child is more motivated since they can actually touch and move objects that are being projected. There is more socialization in the classroom when the lessons are being taught to the whole group. The interaction will enhance “Team Building” skills.
In our Early Head Start program the staff will have iPads to take to the homes to support the curriculum and visits with the families. They will be able to assess the child’s motor and vision skills.
The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. has always strived to enhance the knowledge and abilities of the children we serve. We will keep working on this goal so children in our programs can easily transition to kindergarten, and hopefully continue to be motivated to learn throughout their education.