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6.4: HOT Skills

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    What are HOT Skills?


    HOT skills include: Sorting Colored Blocks openart-image_fbEhcbjl_1715479768089_raw.png

    • Analyzing
    • Predicting
    • Planning
    • Patterning
    • Sequencing
    • Sorting
    • Organizing
    • Remembering
    • Rulemaking
    • Breaking down tasks
    • Evaluating

    (For More Information SEE: The T in STEM: Creating Play-Based Experiences that Support Children’s Learning of Coding and Higher Order Thinking)

    How can early childhood educators begin to expose young children to technology and strengthen HOT skills without using technology?

    It is important for children to have many opportunities to work on the development of HOT Skills in hands-on and play-based ways before they are asked to use Hot Skills with technology.

    The NAEYC suggests 5 activities that don’t rely on the use of technology.

    1. Block Play: Provide a variety of blocks (color, shape, size) for children to create patterns and sequences. Older children can create more complex patterns that must be analyzed to “decode” a secret message.
    2. Reading: Read developmentally appropriate books that provide opportunities for predicting what might happen next in the story and remembering details.
    3. Storytelling: Have children work together to write a story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Have the children create pictures that tell their story and have other children put the pictures in the right sequence.
    4. Art: Have the children create a system of directional arrows, stop, and go signs (e.g., a pink arrow means “go right” while a green arrow means “go left”).
    5. Game Design: Have children draw a map on grid paper for a “robot” (one child) to follow using their directional arrows and symbols. The children will need to count each square so they can tell the “robot” how many “steps” (squares on the grid) to take in each direction; in other words, a “code.”
      child playing with a robot made out of blocks
      Figure 6.4: Exploring technology with robots (Photo by Robo Wunderkind on Unsplash)

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