The IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs The IBM KidSmart Aims Early Learning Programme • To extend IBM’s education grant programme into the critical pre-school years, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. • To help develop the role of IT based learning in pre-school education • To help bridge the digital divide Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs IBM is committed to supporting early childhood education • The KidSmart programme provides technology and professional development to pre-schools around the globe • More than $106 million has been invested over 11 years – 55,000 Young Explorer units have been donated in 60 countries – 110,000 teachers and over 10 million students are participating worldwide Denmark Czech Republic Brazil Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs The IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme • Encourages the positive attitudes necessary to life-long learning • Prepares young children to enter the digital world • Works in partnership with Ministries of Education • Trains teachers to use IT effectively to support children’s learning • Offers an on-line resource for teachers and parents : www.kidsmartearlylearning.org Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs The Young Explorer is a powerful combination of computer & leading software The computer is housed in brightly-coloured, child-friendly Little Tikes furniture Pre-loaded award-winning educational software in 27 languages helps children : to learn and explore concepts in maths, science and language as well as engage in creative thinking to learn important socialisation & collaborative learning skills The programme is effective in supporting the learning and integration of children with special educational needs There is a web site to support teachers and parents (available in 8 languages) / www.kidsmartearlylearning.org Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs KidSmart in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) : • 18,000 Young Explorer computers • in 11,000 pre-schools • in 31 countries • benefiting over 2,000,000 children Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs KidSmart – total unit numbers in Europe : 2011 334 232 402 38 574 847 500 30 1416 38 961 436 938 1166 524 1306 1014 208 227 204 364 499 727 999 380 Pakistan South Africa 134 1317 510 UAE 420 544 362 Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs KidSmart in EMEA - 2011 In association with our partner organisations we have : Trained 35,000 early education practitioners Established 60 flourishing practitioner networks Supported over 60 parent involvement programmes Ensured that there are high profile links to kidsmartearlylearning.org on 4 key European and 20 National education servers in 18 EMEA countries Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Independent evaluations: KidSmart promotes early learning The KidSmart programme leads to substantial improvements in teaching and learning It has shown significant positive outcomes for children and teachers in disadvantaged communities The use of the Young Explorer units has increased the self esteem of practitioners, who have become much more confident in using computer technology overall. Children’s motivation for learning increased following the introduction of the Young Explorer unit The unit supports and extends children’s learning in a very enjoyable way Children tend to persist longer in trying to resolve problems than when using other media Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Findings from independent evaluations Critical importance of : • a frequent adult presence alongside the children at the computer to enrich the quality of learning • professional training which addresses the appropriate use of technologies in the education of very young children. Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Evaluation findings • Children work better when collaborating at the computer in twos or threes than when alone. Their interactions with each other at the computer become increasingly sustained over time • Children's motivation for learning increased following the introduction to the ‘Young Explorer’ • The ‘Young Explorer’ supports and extends children's learning in a very enjoyable way • Children tend to persist longer in trying to resolve problems than when using other media • In the UK a promising impact on the motivation and concentration levels of boys have been noted Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs 2007 : His Excellency Dr Hanif Hassan, UAE Minister of Education, admiring a new Young Explorer unit in Dubai Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs July 2010 : IBM Ireland CGM, Peter O'Neill, and Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, at the KidSmart 10th anniversary celebration in Dublin Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Kinderet : A manual for trainers of Early Childhood Educators in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) In Bulgaria, England, Portugal, Spain and Sweden published by the European Commission In the European context the continuing training of early childhood educators in terms of information and communications technology (ICT) remains limited and is in need of development. The KINDERET project has therefore been structured according to five main objectives, namely to: •identify and understand the theoretical and practical needs of kindergarten teachers with regard to ICT education •establish plans for the training of educators, in the application of ICT •develop interactive learning materials for educators in order to support the established plans for continuing training in ICT •implement pilot training schemes and promote transnational collaboration between tutors and students through the use of ICTs •evaluate the pilot training schemes Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Strong impact in Europe, the Middle East and Africa KidSmart is widely acknowledged as a catalyst for curriculum development and learning innovation in EMEA 16 KidSmart case studies from 15 countries highlight the impact of the programme on children with a wide range of special educational needs. They are available for download in 19 languages at : http://blog.eun.org/insightblog/2009/10/kidsmar t_case_studies_and_trav.html 15 Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs 16 Case study: Slovakia The Mokrohájska kindergarten is for children with a range of disabilities, including polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and fractures following serious injury. Many suffer from speech defects and have problems with concentration. Staff were keen to bring KidSmart into the kindergarten in order to implement new teaching methods and to help the children feel comfortable with computers, which will play an increasingly important part in their lives. KidSmart is now enthusiastically used by the four to five year olds, with staff focusing on basic mathematics, speech therapy, enrichment of vocabulary and general knowledge acquisition. Its programmes link into the kindergarten’s curriculum and staff agree that they are entirely suitable for this age group. Improved levels of concentration and collaboration between children Children have become used to the computer and keyboard in a very natural way and tend to work in pairs to solve tasks. They thoroughly enjoy projects with pictures and print their work to make exhibitions for their parents. Using the software programs has increased their vocabulary, while helping them understand logical thought process and physical orientation. They have also enhanced their maths skills. Children using the unit are progressively left to make decisions on their own and staff have noticed that this is improving the learners’ levels of concentration. Their concentration span is also lengthening, so they stay focussed for longer. These developments are important milestones for many of the children. Teamwork and co-operation have improved as the pupils often collaborate on projects. Some children who have problems using the mouse, because of their physical disabilities, rely on their peers to help and they tackle tasks together. “In today’s information, communications and technology-based society, it is important that children have a chance to work with PCs at a young age,” says Maria Knotekova from the school. “For those with physical disabilities, the PC will probably be the key for them to access the workplace. “ 17 Case study: Berlin The kindergarten “Käpt’n Browser Integrationkita” in Salvadore-Allende-Straße in Berlin has 125 children between 3 and 7 years old. 27 of them have special educational needs, including Down’s Syndrome, hearing impairment and a wide range of physical and learning disabilities. For some years the kindergarten has been developing a stronger focus on the integration of ICT into teaching and learning and was delighted to qualify for a place in the KidSmart programme. Their Young Explorer unit is freely accessible to all children and currently stands in a teaching area for a mixed age group of 15 children, 4 of whom have special needs. The teachers work collaboratively to build their ICT competences and develop new ideas for using technology in creative ways to build children’s skills, knowledge and social confidence. One of their recent projects has been to make a radio play based on the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. Everyone contributed to writing the play and each child took part, either taking a role or playing the accompanying music. The production was recorded and saved along with the children’s drawings and photographs on the KidSmart computer. A number of CD Roms were produced so that families could also enjoy the play together at home. For children with disabilities, staff have found that the KidSmart unit offers enrichment opportunities and enhances their capacity to cater for individual needs. Henrik, aged 7, suffers from Down’s Syndrome. Normally he is easily distracted from any activity and is always on the move. However, experience has shown that he is often able to concentrate for at least 15 minutes on a single learning activity when working on the KidSmart unit and becomes deeply engrossed in the ‘game’. Communication and a sense of success .. Justin, aged 4, is hearing impaired. A special computer program helps to teach him sign language. He enjoys learning with the KidSmart Early Learning Centre because a lot of the programs depend on visual communication. His communication with other children has also improved significantly because they love to learn sign language on the computer as well ! Marvin and Noah, aged 6, are both children with learning difficulties. They are really keen to work with the ‘Millie’s Mouse Skills’ software because these activities enable them to succeed and they can repeat the games as often as they wish, building their sense of independence, control and self-esteem. "KidSmart offers access to ICT to every child - No child is excluded due to his or her disability!" said Lila Voss, Head Teacher at the kindergarten. 18 Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Travelling Toys: promoting culture exchange…and IT skills • IBM designed this one-month project in October 2008 as a contribution to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue – 50 teachers and 550 pre-school aged children (between 3 and 6) from disadvantaged communities in 13 countries throughout Europe participated – Designed to encourage cultural exchange and increase IT communication skills among young learners. • How Travelling Toys worked: – Children exchanged a toy representing their country with groups in four other regions. • The UK, for example, sent Paddington Bear (along with instructions for Moscow making marmalade sandwiches) and received Olli the squirrel from Finland (who had met Santa Claus on his way from the north) in return. – The children used the internet to talk to their peers in their partner countries by sending and receiving electronic ‘postcards’ between the toys. – During the toy’s “visit,” the children learned about each other’s cultures and about themselves, including many features of daily life, language, music, dance, food, imaginative thinking and travel. • For teachers, Travelling Toys enabled them to introduce a new level of creativity into their work, and helped them use collaboration to stimulate children’s learning; they gained an increased understanding of the skills needed to integrate information technology and communication effectively into early education. Helsinki Travelling Toys : 29 September – 24 October 2008 Austria : Kuh Elsa Baxter Betriebskindergarten, Vienna Message from Berlin : Eurer Elsa geht es gut. Sie hat heute zum Frühstück Kakao getrunken und zum Mittag gibt es Kaiserschmarren mit Pflaumen, das wird sie sicher aus Wien kennen. Belgium : Papa Smurf As representative of our school, we are sending "Papa Smurf” along. Smurfs are very small creatures who live in toadstools deep in a Belgian forest. Saint Martinus school, Brussels Finland : Olli I am Olli-the-Squirrel, and I come from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. I come from Haaga Kindergarten, and I was sent to this trip to represent a group of 6-year-old pre-school kids from Haaga KG. My best friend is the Troll of the Woods. I live with him in a forest behind Haaga Kindergarten. Children have visited the Troll many, many times, and the Troll asked me if I wanted to go on a journey to get to know how human children live, what kind of games children play etc. He also wanted me to remind you that it is important to take care of our environment, care for animals, plants, and trees, as well as other human beings. Haagan päiväkoti, Helsinki Germany : Brummel (the Berlin bear) Ich möchte Euch von meinem Wohnort „Köpenick“, der Kindertagesstätte, den Kindern und Erziehern erzählen. Hier ist eine menge los! Die Kinder werden Ausflüge machen, auf Entdeckungsreise gehen, gemeinsam mit den Händen singen, malen , spielen und gemeinsam eine Menge entdecken. Hab ich Euch etwas Lust gemacht, dann kann’s losgehen! Käpt’n Browser Kita, Berlin Ireland : Sinéad The doll we sent you from Ireland is called Sinéad Hello!! The name of our school is Scoíl Bhríde. It (pronounced Shin-aid). She is an Irish dancer. Irish was built in 1954 in a little village in the west of dancing is a very old tradition in Ireland and has Ireland called New Inn. New Inn is a really quiet become even more popular in Ireland and round the and peaceful place to live. world since Riverdance. Have you heard of it? Perhaps you can teach Sinéad your traditional dance while she is Poland? We can teach Benio a few Irish dancing steps too!" Scoil Bhríde National School, Ballinasloe, Co Galway Italy : Hannibal In the photo we send, you can see us with "Hannibal", a nice horse with whom we have just made a ride in the park of our school. Hannibal is ready to travel, reach your place and stay a time with you! We look forward! Scuola dell’infanzia Andersen Vimercate, Milan Netherlands : Teddy Hello ! We are from the Da Costa school in Hooggraven. Our school has almost 170 pupils from 4 up to 12 years old. We have three kindergarten groups with children from 4 up to 6 years old. Our group is called the Bear group. The other two Kindergarten groups are called the Elephant and the Monkey group. Because we are the bear group, we have chosen a nice bear called Teddy to travel to you Da Costa Hoograven, Utrecht Poland : Krakus We promise to take care about your little hors Hanibal. We have sent you our dragon. His name is KRAKUS. There is the legend that tells the story of the dragon who lived in our city long time ago. This dragon was living in the cave, close to the old castle…. you can read the rest of the story in the book that KRAKUS has with him. Samorzadowe Przedszkole Nr 175, Krakow Portugal : Gil We are very pleased to have the opportunity to meet you and to know something about you and your school. We live in Portugal, in a small village in the centre of the country, called Porto de Mós. Our kindergarten has 3 classes with 25 children each from 3 to 6 years. All three classes will participate in this project. Jardim de Infância, Porto de Mós Russia : Matrioshka Luba Kindergarten «Po Schúchiemu Veléniu», Hello, dear friends! We Nizhny Novgorod are very pleased to meet with you. It is very exciting to learn how you live, and also to tell you about us. We are happy that our toy, Matrioshka Luba (Lubove) will visit your kindergarten. She is not alone, but with her sisters. Try to guess where they are. Slovakia : Zaba the frog We belong to English / Slovak bilingual classroom and our symbol is the Frog, because we live close to the forest and we meet frogs often in our yard. We are 3-6 years old boys and girls keen to communicate with children from other countries. Materska skola Koliba, Koliba Spain : Paco Pepe I am Paco Pepe a dragon who comes from the island of Dragonera in the Spanish Balearic Islands. I’m a friend of Zaleo School. I will visit you soon. Escuela infantil Zaleo, Madrid UK : Paddington Bear Just to let you know: Paddington loves scones with marmalade, and if you can let us know Benio's favorite food we can plan cooking activity for him too Hargrave Park school, Islington Brummel enjoys the music of Mozart in Vienna – as do the children back home at his kindergarten in Berlin The children decide what to pack in Elsa’s suitcase. What sort of clothes will she need ? What is the weather like in Portugal ? What kind of money will she need ? Children in Moscow find Helsinki in Finland on their globe – with Olli‘s help Children in Portugal unpack Matrioshka Luba and her ‘sisters’ on arrival in Lisbon from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia See how tiny Portugal is compared to the size of Matrioshka Luba’s country, Russia Elsa learns to brush her teeth in Berlin Brummel on his way back. The children ‘see him off ‘ at the airport The airport staff are brilliant ! Child’s view of Brummel the bear flying home to Berlin from Moscow by the quickest route .. A copy of the project report in English can be found at : http://www.interculturaldialogue2008.eu/1648.0.html?&L=0 Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs “ The KidSmart programme has raised the whole profile of ICT in the early years (under 5s) in Inverclyde (Scotland). Getting the resources to go on-line is a major outcome directly attributable to KidSmart". "I had no notion that KidSmart would impact the way it has." Anne Rourke - Inverclyde Early Years Adviser "We received 3 Young Explorers as part of the IBM KidSmart Programme in October 2009 which we installed in Junior and Senior Infants and the Special Language Class. The Young Explorer and the installed programmes are extremely child friendly, allowing those who have little or no experience with computers to gain confidence and become more independent in using them. In our school, children with specific learning difficulties have benefited greatly from these computers, in particular a little boy with Downs Syndrome, and all the children in the Special Language Class." Ann Ryan, Principal, St Marks Junior National School, Tallaght, Dublin " The learners in Grade 0 found the programme exciting and challenging. The learners also used the computers with their peers. The activities exposed the learners to symbolic representation, language/number awareness, sharing and taking turns, explaining and describing, gross and fine motor control and extending their imagination, creativity and role playing. They have enjoyed participating in the activities and their perceptual mathematical and language skills and concepts have been enhanced. ... There is a definite need to implement this programme in all schools." Jeanette Herholdt, Principal of Sagewood pre-primary school, Midrand, South Africa Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Russia Moscow Department of Education : "Our surveys of pre-schools participating in Kidsmart show that the programme is a good starting point for teaching computer technologies to pre-schoolers. The programme develops creative thinking and helps children to learn important phenomena and concepts while playing. The programme improves childrens' self-confidence and self- sufficiency and encourages them to research activities, says Vlakdimir Yablonsky, Director of the Information and Analytical Centre of the Moscow Department of Education.
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