I began my teaching career after being a graphic designer and working for a textbook publisher. That experience taught me how important technology is in the real world. Over the years I have continued to try to find new ways to use technology and changed how my students learn. I love discovering new ideas and trying out different ways to best reach my students, regardless of their learning needs. Technology integration not only engages my students but it also gives me the opportunity to differentiate their learning in a variety of mediums. At times, this can feel somewhat overwhelming but there are many creative ways to bring technology into everyday lessons. Here are 10 creative ways I integrate technology into my own classroom.
Morning Check In Using a Interactive whiteboard
Morning check in allows teachers to know which students are present and what their plans are for lunch. Having them raise their hands and check a seating chart can be time consuming and not always easy to fit in at the beginning of the day. Using a template on the interactive whiteboard makes each child responsible for his/her own check in. The first week of school take a picture of every student. Use these pictures in a Notebook file that states their lunch choices as well as, a morning activity. Each morning students drag their pictures to show they are present. This allows students to practice using the interactive whiteboard touch daily and helps them be accountable.
Recording student Reading
When students read they don’t always realize what their voice sounds like. Talking about fluency and expression with students can be a hard concept for them to grasp. Using an iPod or iPad you can easily record their reading to play back for them. Using Voice Memos or other similar apps you can record a student reading aloud. Catching them using expression in their reading gets them excited to read aloud. When you record them more than once they can hear the difference in their own voice and learn to recognize what it means to read with expression.
Sharing examples of student work
When students get the chance to see what their peers are doing it is a great way to set expectations and boost confidence. However, it is not always easy to hold up an example and expect the rest of the class to clearly see it. If you have access to an Apple T.V. or an application such as Reflections you can use your iPad and projector to show work. This magnifies the student work and clearly lets every child see what you see.
Taking a movie of your students
There are times when I catch my students doing something I want to show to the rest of my class. Reading to another student, or listening intently to someone else are some examples. Recording these moments provides you with an opportunity to model behavior and learning for other students. After making sure the role model is comfortable with their image being on the projector send the movie to the computer or use the Apple TV to show it to the entire class.