Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Excellent Free Site!

I found this site while searching for new free educational learning sites. It is excellent. I will add it to the side bar under learning links too. Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pre-K iPad Project

I went to the Midsouth Technology Conference and learned a number of things. For all you teachers and parents looking for a great place to find iPad apps please check out this blog. This is a fantastic project and has a huge resource for you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Search Here for Apps by Subject, Device, Cost etc.

Went to a conference today at the University of Memphis. The name of it was Mobile Technology For Teaching and Learning Conference. Go here to search for apps by subject device etc.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Little Bird Tales

Capture your child's voice and imagination with our creative story building tool and share them with friends and family. 

This is would be fantastic to send to family throughout the year. 
Grandparent's would love this. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Raising Resilient Kids- Dr. Robert Brooks

If you are in Memphis or the Memphis area and are are teacher, parent, or work with children in some form or fashion you would benefit from hearing this Speaker. Please see link below to RSVP. The session is free  and you can sing up to eat dinner for $10.

Here is a short description of the topic:

Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today's leading speakers on the themes of resilience, motivation, and family relationships. During the past 30 years, Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people with a message based on encouragement, hope, and resilience. He is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Skype Anyone?

Our school is always looking for new schools to Skype with on a regular basis throughout the year.  Please comment if you are interested in coordinating a time to Skype with some of our classes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Adventure

Here is a great new site I found from a lady I follow on twitter.  Search for books to read by author or title.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sheppard Software

If you have not checked this site out yet your kids are missing out. This is a fantastic site for Preschool and Kindergarten age children. I have also placed it on the right under learning links.  Take time to look at this!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Early Childhood Today

Are young children's brains well suited to the use of technology? Click link below to find more information pertaining to this question.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Innovate Education

A time for educators from the Memphis area to gather and share technology-focused lessons that include 21st Century skills to enhance and encourage innovative education in our classrooms.
Presentations will be 20 minutes each.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Smart Board Table in Early Childhood

The boys in the PK, JK and SK classes really enjoyed using the Smart Board Table last week. They are all hoping our school will purchase one! The table and it's activities were such an excellent visual and tangible piece of learning equipment for the boys. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Senior Kindergarten- Journal Writing Demonstration

This is a video of one of the PDS Senior Kindergarten teachers with one of her students demonstrating ways in which a parent can work on journal writing with their son.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

PDS Early Childhood Admissions Video

This is a video that was created for our schools Early Childhood Admissions. 

A Day in the Life of a PDS Boy:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Junior Kindergarten Class Skypes with Friend in London

This morning two of the JK classes had the opportunity to Skype with Charlotte Cobb, a young lady, from London England. Charlotte is studying Anthropology at a University in London. The boys had many questions for Charlotte. Please visit the link below to watch their Skype Session.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shapes Around Our School

One of our Junior Kindergarten classes went around our school with a digital camera and took pictures of various shapes. The teacher and I uploaded the pictures to iphoto, turned them in to a slideshow in iphoto and added music.  Finally, we exported them as a Quick Time movie and uploaded the Quick Time to

We also tried uploading the Quicktime to a voicethread, but the video was blurry, so we suggest vimeo for this project.

Discovering Shapes Around our School from Kelli Anderson on Vimeo.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekly Skype with Kindergarten

One of our  Kindergarten classes will  Skype every Thursday this school year with a Kindergarten class in Houston, Texas. The Skype will generally last 10 minutes. The children enjoy sharing about their week and asking each other various questions. Below is a Vimeo of one of the Skype sessions from last week. Enjoy!

Towards the end you will notice a little bit of technical difficulty. Part of working with technology is understanding that you will encounter set-backs at times just like with anything else. All-together, this was only their second Skype session and it went great!

Skype with Kindergarten from Kelli Anderson on Vimeo.

Friday, September 17, 2010

iPad Conference

I attended an iPad Apps workshop this past Thursday, September 16th. Below is a list of Apps that they suggested we put on our iPads. Most are free, but there are a few that require payment. It is fast to perform the downloads on your computer with iTunes then sync it to your iPad afterwards,but I just went through and downloaded them on my iPad individually.

Suggested Apps very useful for your iPad:

Air Video Free
Adobe Photoshop Express
Mecury Web Browser
Pandora Radio
Virtuoso Piano
Wolfram Alpha
Keynote Remote
Studywiz Mobile
USA Today
World Countries
History: Maps of World
VLC Remote
Office2 HD Free
Recorder HD
Constitution for iPad
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool
WordWeb Dictionary
Draw Free for iPad
Diet and Fitness Tracker
NPR for iPad
Art Puzzles HD
Jam Pad (Keyboard App)
Go SkyWatch Planetarium
Draw for iPad
Doodle Buddy for iPad
3D Medical Images
Globe for iPad
Bedtime Stories Collection HD
Google Earth
Free Books for Education
Classical Music Lite
Toy Story Read-Along - Free
Alice for the iPad-Lite
Calculator XL
NYT Editorss Choice
Wikipanion for iPad
eTextbooks for the iPad
Dragon Dictation
MCS for iPhone
Sundry Notes
The Weather Channel Max for iPad
Pages - $9.99
Keynote - $9.99
Numbers - $9.99
Office2 HD - $5.99
Convert Pad
Touch Physics HD
Contig (Math Game)
MathBoard (Math Skills)
Intro to Math by Montessorium
TapTyping - typing trainer
The Elements: A Visual Exploration - $13.99

Here is the link for the ipad userguide:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Laptop Review

This is the powerpoint laptop presentation that I present to both our Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten children each year. This is just a good basic visual review for everyone.

Laptop Review for Kindergarten Students from Kelli Anderson on Vimeo.

Introducing laptops to Senior Kindergarten

Today I will be posting a video of how we begin each year introducing the laptops to our Senior Kindergarten boys. I will be leading the presentation at 1:30 central time today, and then I will post the video of the presentation. Visit again to see for yourself.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Change of plans

I'm not going to post the Vimeo of the introductions to ipods to the Pre-K teachers. I think it will be more informative to you all if I post a video of the children actually using them for the first time. The Pre-K teachers are all very excited to get these into the hands of the children. I think we will all be surprised about how much they already know. So many of them already play with their mom or dad's iphone at home. These ipods will strengthen their fine motor skills and expose them to more technology that is used in the world around them.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Introduction to ipods with our students

Today, I observed our Lower School Technology Coach use the ipods for the first time with a third grade classroom. The boys loved it and already knew so much about the ipod. Our school purchased an ipod cart this year and we will be using it with all grades Pre-K through sixth grade. Tomorrow, we are going to introduce the ipod cart to the Pre-K teachers. I am hoping to use my flip camera and record the introduction to them. I will post it as a vimeo on the blog so be looking for it. As soon as I figure out all the apps we might use for the Early Childhood students on the ipods I'll be sure to post a list of them for you to check out.