Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Elementary Classrooms and Educational Technology

We have shared a lot of “big picture” blogs with you lately, so we narrowed our focus to one content area this week.  In coming weeks, we’ll focus on specific content areas, one at a time.  So far, we've highlighted math and science. This week, we focus on ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS.  In the post below, you’ll find TOOLS, RESOURCES, and IDEAS related to the ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM and EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY*.  


Keyboard Shortcuts
This is a very handy list to help your students (and yourself) use your devices efficiently.  The most common shortcuts include:
And in case you were also wondering, “how the heck do I ‘right click’ on a Chromebook,” here ya go:

From math and science to language arts and typing practice, there are countless Google Apps for elementary students.  If you would like your students to have access to any of these, just email Greg.

For those of you using iPads with your students, here’s a brief list of great educational iPad apps for elementary learners in a variety of subjects.


This page has a TON of links -- while it’s all pretty great, look at the section on “Successful Chromebook Practices.”

There are a LOT of links on this page -- again, don’t be overwhelmed!  Check out the sections on “Classroom Uses of the iPad” and “Especially for Special Education.”

Here is a free, view-at-your-leisure webinar on empowering elementary learners with technology.  The slideshow provides even more resources with examples of their use.


Update a traditional spelling test with a Google Form (click above for a sample).  In addition to spelling practice, students will also get typing practice.  Since Google Forms automatically create a Google Sheet for the responses, you can see the whole class at a glance.  You could take it one step further and grade it using Flubaroo, which would save you time!

This website “rounds up” great lesson plans for educational technology in the elementary classroom.

Twitter has become pretty popular with teachers at Warrior Run -- faculty all over the district use it to share what’s happening in their classrooms and what they’re learning beyond them.  What if YOU (and your students!) used it to connect with other students, other schools, other states, other countries?  Here’s a great explanation on Twitter in the classroom, and here’s a list of 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom.

* Please note, just because technology is new, doesn’t mean it’s always better.  If traditional flashcards work for you and your students, keep using them!  But if StudyBlue could work for you, ask some of your kids to give it a whirl.

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