Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creators of digital media, and helping them practice collaboration skills that will prepare them for the future. Click on the video to watch the clip!
As we integrate technology into our classrooms, we must also re-think how we organize our space.
I always recommend that teachers rearrange their classroom so that all of the students are facing one direction which makes it easier for the teacher to walk around and monitor students progress. By arranging your class stategically, you can scan the room easily and you will be able to see who is on task, who needs assistance and who is completely lost.
Also remember to try and assign the students the same laptop from the same laptop cart as much as possible. This will help with the time needed to sync the computers.
Finally, please remind students to keep their desktop clean and uncluttered and try to get them into the habit of keeping folders of their work in their document folder. Things take longer to sync if they are scattered all over the desktop!
At Walker, we have used Doodle Buddy in math. Using the stamping feature, we used it to help us learn to multiply.
Students were able to do several problems and screen shot their work to show evidence of their learning.
Brain Pop Jr. was another great hit. Students put on their headphones and watched the BrainPop Movie of the week.
This week, the movie was about Centimeters, Meters and Kilometers. Students watched the video and took the quizzes at the end of the video and talked about what they had learned.
Read on Site was another big hit. Students heard a sentence and then had to unscramble it making sure to put it back in the correct order!
Many students soon figured out that the word which had a capital letter was the first word of the sentence. Then, they also noticed if there was a period or exlamation mark, it was probably the last word of the sentence.
TicTacToe Phonics was a great tool that helped students build language skills in a fast paced game of tic tac toe. Students first played against themselves and then paired up with a partner for a quick challenge.