lock prekindergarten aged children into a webpage or website.
There are many great websites that are appropriate for preschool/prekindergarten aged children. The problem is that they begin clicking on everything and end up out of the site you have chosen. When working with a large group in a computer lab setting it is too hard to monitor every child to keep them in the correct website. I would like to see a program that would allow me to lock the children into certain sites or webpages so they do not end up off task. Many of the children I teach have never seen a computer and don't understand even the basic concepts of being on a website.
Jonathan Julian commented
Many browsers can be run in "kiosk-mode"
It looks like Opera has the best support for what you need - locking the child on a single site.
In the past, I've tried setting the browser to Fullscreen mode, but even then, kids right click on things, ads pop up... it can be a mess for 4 year-olds who just want to practice their letter sounds on Starfall.com. This kind of a program would be a godsend.
Most classroom computers are locked into using IE.
Charlie Gerancher commented
I have used several products that can monitor machines, deliver content to an entire group of machines at once, and lock the machines either into or out of specified content. NetSupport School is the one I am most familiar with, but NetSmart's Synchron-Eyes is very similar.
Google "kiosk browser mode"
Joe Scala commented
Which browsers are installed or can be installed on classroom computers?