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Stand out Tech Tools for the Classroom

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A typical week entails working with a wide variety of age groups ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.  Emphasis is placed on creating standards aligned technology experiences that foster collaboration and creativity while cultivating important digital literacy skills. Listed below are stand out tools that I commonly use in the classroom. Not only do these tools represent multiple modes of learning, they have been student approved as engaging ways to demonstrate knowledge.

Productivity/organization

Microsoft Teams, a new interactive, chat based workspace for streamlined digital learning and teaching.

Assessment

Formative– Online tool allowing you to deliver assessments. Student assessment data is displayed in real time and feedback can be provided immediately.

Edpuzzle– Assess students using online videos. Select a video that aligns with your content, annotate the video using text or voiceover, and add a question set. Edpuzzle generates reports based on usage.

Presentation

Sway- Housed in our Office 365 set of applications, Sway allows students to create multimedia presentations.  Using simple drag and drop functions, Sway is appropriate for students in grades 1 and up.

Digital Storytelling

Story Bird– Create online storybooks using Story bird’s library of artwork. Students can collaborate on stories, share them via email, and provide feedback to their peers. Teachers can easily create assignments using Story bird’s planning tools.

Math

Prodigy Game– A curriculum aligned math game geared for students in grades 1-8.  Prodigy provides real time reporting along with embedded in-game formative, diagnostic, and summative assessments.

Cross Curricular

Kidblog– Blogging is being used across the district in all subject areas. Provide students with a platform to communicate, provide and receive feedback from peers, and connect with other classrooms.

Code.org– A full coding curriculum allowing students to practice computer science, math, reading, and science skills. Easy to implement and engaging for students.

Scratch.mit.edu- Allows students to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Creations can be easily shared with an online community.

Smart board

Smart Exchange– Ready to use lesson plans and resources for your Smart board.

Digital Skills

Email Exchange- Teach students how to tailor their writing to a target audience.

  • Students are writing to an authentic audience.
  • Students can practice focused writing skills.
  • Students are practicing a real word skill.

 

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Free Online Games to Teach Typing

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Keyboarding is important. Really important. Considered a crucial 21st century skill, typing is expected of children at a younger age and for a variety of purposes. From online test taking, to creating documents and communicating, solid typing skills hold a variety of benefits.

  • Increased productivity Students who are skilled keyboardists can complete projects and papers more efficiently.
  • Keyboarding involves reading. Aside from letter recognition, spelling and sentence structure will also expand.
  • Keyboarding improves memory and hand-eye coordination.
  • Good keyboarding skills promote independence.

Teaching students how to type at an early age  is a solid investment. Not only important for the classroom, proper keyboarding skills can ensure student success in the workplace. How can we hone our student’s keyboarding skills at an early age? A wide variety of free web-based tools are available to help younger students become master typists.

  • Big Brown Bear– Big Brown Bear teaches touch typing skills while promoting letter recognition. Difficulty increases as students achieve mastery.
  • Key Seeker– Ideal for kindergarten students, Key Seeker teaches typing, letter recognition and differentiating between right and left.
  • KeyBoard Climber– Help the monkey get to the top of the tree by quickly typing the letters on the screen.
  • Typing Ghost– The objective: destroy the ghosts by typing the words.
  • Key Man– Similar to Pac-Man, students can devour the food by typing words and letters.
  • Keyboarding Bubbles– Simple, yet effective, Keyboarding Bubbles challenges the user to type the letter on the bubble.
  • Barracuda– Help the Barracuda keep the river clean by typing the words in the box.

These simple keyboarding games are ideal for small sections of time or technology centers. Students will enjoy the practice in a familiar gaming format.