It seems that whatever is new today can be outdated the following day, and when it comes to technology in general that couldn’t be truer. Advancements in computer oriented applications are moving at such a fast pace that they can be tough to keep up with. All the more reason to prepare the next generation to take on that task by supplying them with the necessary skills they’ll need.
First things first: Children must learn how to use computers if they are to survive in our high-tech world. It should come as no surprise that the younger a child is when learning something new, the more likely they are to grasp the lesson faster. It’s been long established that children who are exposed to multiple languages can learn them with ease. Like sponges they are. The same can be said about learning how to use computers and that’s where the Califone KIDSPACK comes into play. Developed for use by younger (smaller) children, the KIDSPACK package consists of the 2800-RD Listening First™ headphone, colorful KIDSKEY keyboard and the KM-100 “mini mouse”.
Each student must master touch type by the eighth grade. The special coloring and coding on the Kids Keyboard would be very helpful to our K-2 students. The students notice the change in how much easier it is for them to type properly.
The sooner young children are placed in a computer class and are equipped with these “beginner” products, the sooner they can learn how the skills to complete computer applications used for testing, reading and learning languages as well as other subjects. The practical QWERTY format on the KIDSKEY simplifies learning the basics when it comes to how to type and the vowels, consonants and numbers are all in a different color to further help that process. Says District Literacy Leader, Alison Ostertag from Atchison County Community Schools in Kansas, “Our district has a strict technology standard that each student must master touch type by the eighth grade. We thought that the special coloring and coding on the Kids Keyboard would be very helpful to our kindergarten through second graders. And, we knew by combining the keyboard with our other computer accessories, we could provide our younger students with a safe, computer-based learning center. The students notice the change in how much easier it is for them to type properly.”
“Love the small headphones as they actually fit our preschool students’ heads.”
Soon after they’ve mastered their typing and keyboard skills they can quickly learn the “point and click” function of the KM-100, which is specifically designed for littler hands. Once they can begin to use their mouse for their clicking needs, they will be excited to perform whatever tasks different computer applications will have them do. Add a headphone built for small kids and they have the gear they need for facing the computer world head on. Using the Listening First headphones allows students to focus on learning how to read e-books or other language-based applications. Betsy Brown, a technology department member for the Norwich City School District in Norwich City, NY shares that they “love the small headphones as they actually fit our preschool students’ heads.” The comfortable nature of these headphones provides students with the ability to stay on track with their lessons and not get easily distracted by other students. This way, their confidence and capability to engage in computer-based learning and stay ahead of the game will undoubtedly convert into success in the classroom and with their education.