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Computer programs for nursery

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by WendiH, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. WendiH

    WendiH New commenter

    I am a dinosaur looking for help to evolve into an effective teacher of early computing! In my nursery, we have one desk top PC for the children to use. It was recently up dated and all the programs I was used to using have gone - no longer compatible. (All except infant tool kit, so the children have been doing a lot of mark making!!) I have been given the go ahead to buy some new software, but don't know where to begin. Ideally I would like something to introduce mouse control, as most are familiar with a touch pad. Something that moves items on screen perhaps?
    Any guidance would be welcome!
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Ditch that idea. Teach literacy & numeracy. If after teaching literacy & numeracy you find that there is spare time then teach literacy & numeracy.
    colpee likes this.
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Hello @WendiH

    This is a general help forum - for example if you are having problems using the site.

    Try posting in the Computing and ICT subject forum where you might get some responses to your query. :)
  4. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    I am very retired now but had great success running a variety of Ace Monkey (Birchfield), Sherston (pricey but classy), My World and other programs. The children used them unsupervised on a couple of machines in nursery but also had weekly lessons in the computer suite. I have a list linked to a progression sheet in my ICT Coordinator's toolkit if you are interested?
  5. TheaPine

    TheaPine New commenter

    I am also retired (April 2015) but used to cover PPA time teaching all Primary ages. I agree with the above - and would add Moles which came from Resource Education (which I see has also retired!) it was designed with 6 levels requiring skills from just hovering the mouse over the mole popping up from the hole - right up to holding the mouse button down while moving the mouse. I also used the fabulous website Poisson Rouge, some of which is still free (but I see it is only £30 per year and I would think well worth it) and 2Simple 2 paint a picture and other programs from them.
  6. WendiH

    WendiH New commenter

    Thank you, I did say I was a dinosaur!!!
    marlin likes this.
  7. WendiH

    WendiH New commenter

    OOOH! yes please, if it is not too late to ask - been a bit distracted with some interesting characters in my class who were a bit more immediate than IT research!! Thanks
  8. WendiH

    WendiH New commenter

    Thank you for this, has given me a new direction to explore. Happy New Year and enjoy the retirement!
  9. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You're welcome, but I see your post was moved to Computing and ICT by the TES team for you :) Glad you've had some helpful responses! :)
  10. WendiH

    WendiH New commenter

    thanks, I did wonder when I came to repost it - I feel much relieved as I thought I was worse than I imagined!!!
    marlin likes this.
  11. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    @WendiH, I sent you a private message but haven't heard from you, I will need an email address to send you the stuff you wanted - you might look on the TES resources as some of my documents ended up on there.
  12. badpower

    badpower Occasional commenter

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