NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PRESCHOOL MARKETBy Jinny GudmundsenEditor, ComputingWithKids.comKid Tech Columnist, USA Today.com and the Gannett News Service 2005 PBS READY TO LEARN SUMMER INSTITUTE: TECHNOLGY USE IN PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS
ENTRY POINTS ARE CHANGING • New Peripherals for Computer Use • New “Plug and Play” Gaming Systems • DVD Interactive Games • Interactive Book Readers
New Peripherals for Computer Use • Comfy Easy PC • Microphone • JumpStart Reading with Karaoke
Comfy Easy PC • An interactive keyboard for 1-3 year olds • Child driven and completely responsive to any touch • Locks child out of parent’s computer • Comes with software called “First Steps” • Additional software is available that expands play age to 5 years old
JumpStart Reading With Karaoke • Uses music to motivate young children to read • They learn words so that they can read the karaoke words to songs • Kids can record their singing • Software uses the microphone is other innovative ways
New “Plug and Play” Gaming Systems • Leapster L-Max Learning Game System • VSmile Pocket Learning System • ION Educational Gaming System (available this fall)
Leapster L-Max Learning Game System • Handheld Educational Gaming System • Can connect to the TV for big screen effect • Dual screen experience--where video on TV is different from what appears on handheld screen.
VSmile Pocket Learning System • Handheld Educational Gaming System • Plays left- or right-handed • Can connect to TV for big screen effect
ION Educational Gaming System • Uses video camera to capture child’s movements • Child controls the game by moving their whole body- they become the controller • Educational • [available in Fall 2005]
DVD Interactive Games • Read with Me DVD!
Interactive Book Readers • LeapPad • Kids use stylus to operate • Large library • Power Touch • Kids use finger to operate • Smaller library
Jinny’s Reviews Can Be Found at: • www.ComputingWithKids.com • www.USAToday.com(Tech Section Columnist) • Gannett Newspapers • www.CommonSenseMedia.org
Contact Informationfor Jinny Gudmundsen • Email:Gudmundsen@aol.com • Phone:703 444-9005