Alphabet Adventure Gallery
An interactive Internet site for kindergarten


What is its goal?|Links to the QEP |Why?and How? | How do I sign up? | What Technology Do I need
What skills do I need? What help will I get? | What are the project phases?| Preview
This project can be completed in French OR English.

What is the goal?

To familiarize kindergarten students with the alphabet and make them Internet literate, while developing their competencies through the use of information and communications technologies (ICT).

Links to the Quebec Education Program (QEP): (see the teacher testimonials from last year for examples on how to prepare your students for the project)

Preschool Education

How? - Examples:

Competency 4 - to communicate using the resources of language

  • ask parents for their email addresses and send them email as a class or
  • have students send them electronic postcards as part of the process of teaching communication through the Internet (you can do this as a class or have older students act as scribes)
  • by recording their letters and what they stand for
  • when the web site is complete students learn to make connections between the images, letters, sounds and words

Competency 5 - to construct his/her understanding of the world

  • students learn about the world wide web (www)
  • they are introduced to the concept of people around the world seeing their work
  • they become aware of others and the communication that is made possible through the Internet
  • they learn that anyone in the world with the Internet can see their work
  • they experiment with different tools (pencil crayons, crayons, markers) to discover what type of medium works best when drawing for the Internet
  • they brainstorm on their letter and talk about things that begin with their letter in everyday life and they learn about new things
  • from the site they then learn about the other letters and what other children did across the province

Competency 6 - to complete an activity or project

  • make sure that students are a part of every segment of the project
  • have them be an active participant throughout the process
  • have students explain the process
  • have students reflect on their mistakes
  • have students reflect on risks taken
  • have students reflect on how it can be improved
  • have students reflect on why they had to do the activity in question
  • have students reflect on what they learned and how
  • have students reflect on how they shared their learning

Cross-Curricular Competencies

How? - Examples:

Methodological

  • To use information and communications technologies

*Please note that students will touch on all other cross-curricular competencies but that the methodological competency is the one that relates specifically to ICT.

  • have them use interactive web sites as a way to learn how to navigate the web
  • familiarize them with the vocabulary associated with the use of ICT
  • students should learn the relationship between the scanner and how their drawn images get on to the Internet
  • students should understand how their voices and recordings get on to the Internet
  • students reflect on how they can improve a sound recording on the computer
  • students reflect on how they can improve a drawing for the purposes of scanning

 

Broad Areas of Learning

How? - Examples:

Media Literacy

  • Use of media-related materials and communication codes
  • students learn to compare web sites and decide what makes a good web site
  • students learn that work on the Internet is created by someone and belongs to them as does their work ("intellectual property")

 

Why? and How?

Everyone does the alphabet in kindergarten. Alphabet Adventure Gallery is a different way of examining a letter of the alphabet by using technology as a tool. Every participating class will be assigned a letter to do with their class. One of the activities that your class will be asked to do is to draw different pictures of things beginning with the particular letter assigned to your class. With the class, you will then scan these pictures. For the next activity you record the student explaining what their picture is. For example, "'W' is for whale...". Once you have completed these two activities with your class you send it in to me via E-mail (or FTP) and it will be placed on the Alphabet Adventure Gallery web site.

The Alphabet Adventure Gallery site is an interactive site, which means that the students get to go on it and see/hear their work. They also get to see everyone else's work, as the entire Alphabet Adventure Gallery will be full of pictures and sounds. While going through the site students will become more acquainted with the alphabet and they will learn how to navigate the web, among other valuable Internet literacy skills.

How do I sign up?

  • The dead line for signing up is Febuary 1, 2002.
  • Click here to send in your registration.
  • You will receive confirmation via email as well as details on how to proceed.

What technology do I need?

You'll need:
  • Access to Email to receive instructions, support, and to send in your completed work.
  • A scanner to scan the pictures the children draw.
  • A computer with a sound card and headphones or speakers.
  • A microphone attached to your computer to record the children's messages. Recent Macintosh and PC computers have built-in mics.

What ICT skills do I need? What help will I get?

In this project you will learn:
  • How to use a scanner to scan pictures.
  • How to save the pictures you scanned.
  • How to use a microphone to record on a computer.
  • How to save a sound file.
  • How to send pictures and sounds attached to an E-mail message OR how to FTP (File Transfer Protocol) the work onto a server.

To begin with, you need to know how to send and receive E-mail and how to reply to an E-mail message. The rest you will learn as you participate in the project. Support will be given by me via email through your local RECIT consultant. To find out more about the RECIT and who the local RECIT consultant is in your board click here: RECIT

What are the project phases? Click here to find out.

Check out last year's project!!!


Top of the Page