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If your students are using technology in your classroom there are many ways to show off their work to visitors. I make sure that every bulletin board in my classroom clearly demonstrates how technology is used by my students everyday.
Instead of exit slips to check understanding at the end of a lesson, my students email me what they have learned and any questions they still have.
- Each iPad in my classroom (this works with PCs too) is set up with the same email account.
- I post a question or quick task on the board.
- Students answer the question in an email and send it to me.
- I print out the emails, write a comment on the bottom, and staple it to my bulletin board.
It is clear to any visitor (our principal, superintendent, maybe even Mayor Bloomberg) that students use technology with ease in my classroom.
The Sticky Notes app has taken technology integration in my classroom’s Reader’s Workshop to a brand new level!
This free app allows you to organize sticky notes, customize the size of the note, change the font, text color, and the “paper” color of the sticky note.
In this example, the student writes the date and page number of where they stopped in their current book. The purple notes are for wonderings/questions, the yellow notes are for answers to their questions, and the blue notes are for connections. I allow students to “stop and jot” their notes using this app during our Reader’s Workshop time.
Not only does this save paper and eliminate all the post-its that end up on my classroom floor (or the bottom of my shoe), it integrates technology into our Reader’s Workshop while still using the traditional paperback books that fill our classroom library.
Students can also take a screen shot of their sticky notes and email you their work. This would make a great bulletin board item too (no more post its falling off!)
Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using Sticky Notes in the classroom!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using Sticky Notes in the classroom!
One more common core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!
I’m always looking for ways to help history come alive for my students. The Perfect Captions app is a great way to incorporate technology in your classroom in an engaging way. Students can add captions to demonstrate their understanding of what a fiction character or historical figure might be thinking. They can use a picture found on the Internet, saved on a student’s iPad or taken with their iPad camera.
Check out my lesson plan on using Perfect Captions in the classroom!
There are lots of flashcards apps for the iPad but I when it comes to customization there is one I absolutely love!
You might have checked out my presentation on using Dropbox with the Noterize app earlier this year. If you haven’t started using Dropbox I don’t know what to say… I can’t live without it!
Whole Foods supermarket has an app for children that promotes healthy eating. In a game that feels similar to Angry Birds, players sort a variety of healthy foods moving them across the screen to the appropriate sorting belt. Healthy eating tips are given in between each level. This would be a great starting point for discussions on food and nutrition, since the game introduces foods that might be new to your students.
Check out my lesson plan using another app that promotes healthy eating!
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