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Technology in the Classroom

Ways to integrate technology into reading and math centers/rotations

Ashley Alicea

on 18 August 2015

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Both can be loaded onto your devices to create small group listening/reading centers.
Audio Books & ebooks
Audio Books, ebooks, and recorded stories to inspire the reading adventure.
Listening Centers
Reading is a timeless skill that takes children on adventures without ever leaving their seat! While reading comes easy to many, it is a skill that is a "chore" for a lot of other children out there. eReading in the digital age inspires a love of stories that might otherwise be beyond their grasp. It presents material in an engaging and interactive way that appeals to all learning types. What will inspire your students?
There are TONS of ways you can integrate technology into your ELA instruction on an individual, small group, or whole group levels!
How to integrate technology into reading and math centers/ rotations
Technology in the Elementary Classroom
Books can be downloaded onto Apps like iBooks, Kindle, Booksy, or Scholastic Storia. Those books cost money, but can be purchased with iTunes or amazon gift cards. The nice thing about ebooks is kids can tap unknown words for the definition to appear. Also, many Storia books are interactive and come with games, questions, and videos! Pages never fall out either and can be enjoyed by children for years to come WITHOUT wear and tear. Tumble Books is a school subscription based system that allows classrooms to access animated picture books (that are popular and have quizzes too)

Free alternatives are always out there though: Audio and ebooks can be downloaded from major libraries that subscribe to the Overdrive system for free! Wegivebooks.org has TONS of free ebooks too!
Audio books and Recorded Stories
Writing in the digital age may look a little different, but with a bit of instruction and educational guidance, it can make your students lol with joy!
Mathematical minds unite! As our children move into the 21st century, so does their collaboration and problem solving skills. Technology is the link that offers everything from immediate feedback to collaboration and beyond! You're teaching them the skills they need to survive in the digital age.
Audio books are available for download through iTunes, audible or OverDrive libraries (amongst other places).
There are also LOTS of recorded stories that you can download via You Tube for free.
Centers: With the aid of a Belkin RockStar, a single iPad/iPod can be transformed into a listening center for up to five headphones!

In centers: Have the children record their own audio versions of picture books through iRecorder (iPad/iPod) or Voice memo (iPod Touch). Save these on the devices for other children to listen to or younger "book buddies" to enjoy.

In small groups: Create unique stories round robin style by "passing the mic". Give the groups a prompt, allow for collaborative time, and then have them create a story by passing the mic around the circle. There's even an App for that- Story Wheel.
Blogging is a 21st century skill that your children will love. Kidblog.org is a wonderful site for your kids to expand those blogging skills! Wallwisher.com is also a simple way for your children to respond to teacher created prompts.

Individual or in small groups: Have children type a response to a teacher made entry on Wall Wisher or keep a journal in kidblog.

ScootPad is a wonderful FREE service that aligns Common Core questions to the child's level. At the same time, the kids will be improving on typing and critical thinking skills! There is an even an App for that (the iPad that is) but can also be done via scootpad.com.

Individually or in working pairs: Children can type vocabulary, spelling, or sight words into a word cloud using a word cloud site like tagxedo.com or wordle. Teachers can even make the font super tiny, print out of these clouds and pair it with a magnifying glass to create a "search and find" center activity.
QR Crazy
Quick Response codes: They are like barcodes, but can store information up/down and side to side (so you can fit more information onto them).
QR codes are wonderful (and quick) self-checking tools to use in centers, individual, and whole class instruction! You can create them on the web simply by typing into a box and hitting enter... and voila! Use a variety of websites (I like delivr.com/QR-Code-Generator), just google search "QR generator" and you'll find one for you :)

Quiz-quiz trade cards can be created and children scan to find the right answer. EOG questions can be placed on one side of the card and when the children scan the code on the back, they'll not only get the right answer, but step-by-step instructions can be included for the correct way in solving the problem!

Fan-N-Pick mat can be redesigned to include a "Scan, Check & Praise" corner. Used just like the Kagan Fan-N-Pick, but add QR answers on the back of quiz-quiz trade cards to create a self-checking center.

When I require children to do a specific website or want them to watch a certain web-based video, I create a QR code using the web address of that particular site and display it through my projector. Children point their devices at the board and scan (it even works from the back of the room). Website based centers get started quickly with no confusion!
Marvelous Math Sites
With so many options and varieties of Apps and websites available, there really is no way to go wrong! In small groups, individual or (with a projector connector) whole class... the technology possibilities are endless!
Math Apps & Apptivities
Videos, Podcasts, ShowMe's and more...
You name it, chances are there is an "app for that!" They engage our 21st century learners fun way... so why not embrace it?
Splash Math- Comprehensive math review (there's a version available for a variety of grade levels).

Number Math Free App- Reviews basic math skills (greater than/less than, ordering, rounding, etc) with levels available from junior to advanced, Plays sound if child misses a question.

Math Word Problems- an interactive tool that includes manipulatives that helps the children solve the problems.

Virtual Manipulatives, kid klok, Base Ten Blocks, Meerkat Math, Hungry Fish, Zoom, Sushi Monster
Number Line Math (k-2), Common Core Number and Operations in Base Ten (k-2)
How do we know a child has grasped a skill? They can reteach it (and actually know what they are talking about!) In cooperative groups or whole class, children can create videos, Power Points, showMes, or Prezis that reteach topics learned in class.

ShowMe is a free website and App that records what the children draw on its white-board like screen. It also records their voice over that accompanies the drawings. It publishes their finished recording to a URL which can then be posted to a website or e-mailed. In a single class period, a math topic can be taught, reviewed with a Prezi, and posted to a classroom website for the children to reference when they are doing homework.

Podasts & Vodcasts (video podcasts)- These are videos or voice overs that review the lessons learned in class. We learn about a topic in class, reteach it in a video, post it to the web, and the children can reference this if they need help on homework. The children have to work together as a team to create clear, concise videos with "math language."

Picture stories can be made as a class collaborative project or in small groups. These can be comprehensive or skill specific. You can write a story as a class, have individuals or groups illustrate the pages, scan it into the computer, and put the pages together in a PowerPoint. Have the children record a narration and you have an instant class classic :)
ScootPad- (and there's an App for iPad) is a FREE services similar to Study Island, but the questions are Common Core and leveled to the child's grade and ability. You can enter your entire class, assign objectives for them to do, and receive a detailed report of their progress. Plus it's something they can do at home too.

Study Jams- This website presents math and science topics in a creative way. There are multiple topics that have "cool" karaoke songs, which can be loaded onto the iPods or iPads for the children to listen to independently. Most topics covered have slide shows, interactive questions, step-by-step instructions, or videos that help explain difficult curricular areas (for grades 3-5)

Dream Box- www.dreambox.com/teachertools- Interactive math games (especially beneficial when played on an Interactive Whiteboard.

Kidsmathgamesonline.com- Free site with lots of different games and interactive activities to practice skills (with cool problem solving challenges).

mrnussbaum.com- Lots of games for all curricular areas (and they are iPad friendly) Also has printables and drills.

www.fuelthebrain.com- Math, Science, and ELA games designed for k-3,

www.k-5mathteachingresources.com- Great math site for CCSS activities and recommended literature books for connection to math concepts.

www.mathchimp.com- Free worksheets, games, and videos based on CCSS
www.mrmaffesoli.com- CCSS worksheets by standard by grade level.
Apps with Apptitiude
Reading Rotations
Centers or rotations are already a daily part of classroom routines everywhere and technology can be integrated into these cycles easily. Even if your classroom doesn't do centers, many aspects of technology can be incorporated in small group or whole group settings without too much disruption to your daily structure.

Through daily 15 minute rotations, students will get exposure to specific math and reading skills while integrating technology at the same time. The short rotation periods prevents children from getting overly "bored" yet is still able to review several skills throughout the week period! Your SMART board, Promethean Board, or Mimeo can even be turned into an interactive station!
*Use a service like symbaloo or fav7.com (which bookmarks 7 websites to put on your home screen for easy access).
There are TONS of Apps and Apptivities out there that'll keep those little minds (and hands) busy during centers! Here are some of our favs:
There's an App for that!
Grades K-1ish Apps
Grammar Jammars- Phonics Jams! (good for the big kids too :)
Super Why- writing, reading, spelling, rhyming
Meet the Vowels- vowels, sight words, & colors
Bob Books
ABC Tracer/ ABC phonics
Time Reading- Fluency App
Read Me Stories
i Write Words and Little Writer
Grades 2-5ish
Tools 4 Students- editable graphic organizer that can be
Kidioms- Interactive idioms for children
Chicktionary- Word Creators/ generators
Sentence & Story builder- breaks down the parts of
sentences and stories.
Reading Comprehension: Solar System- nonfiction
passages w/ questions
Story Lines- Telephone with pictures
Don't forget... your Interactive White Board can be an invaluable small group tool too! Websites become VERY cool when children can use it via the SMART board! Activ Software for the Promethean Board even includes a "record the screen" feature so the children can record what they are doing (a lot like ShowMe does).
scoot Pad practices CCSS skills at the child's own pace (with detailed reports to the teacher)!
iRecorder and Voice Memos record stories.
Flashcardlet tests vocab
Mad Libs is a kid fav!
Tech Tidbits
Need to get started with technology but don't know where to start? Or just plain overwhelmed? Blogs are the perfect solution! The right ones offer "snippets" of information a little at a time. A 21st century infused classroom is just an e-mail away! Here's some of our favs to get you started:
*Technically Invisible Blog
*Edu Techer (App)
Splash Math
Kid Klok
Chicktionary practices word skills
Some ELA sites worth mentioning (again):
* Tumble Books- interactive reading $500/yr
*bookadventure.com- Free- take quizzes on books (AR alternative)
*fav7.com- Create a homepage with up to 7 weblinks
*studyjams.com- Grades 3-5- songs/lessons for math and science
*www.bookwink.com- Grades 3-5- Video book talks and reviews
*www.tagxedo.com or Wordle- Make word clouds
*Live Binders- search for almost anything
*www.wordhippo.com- Kid friendly dictionary/thesaurus
By Ashley Alicea & Julie Huber * WJ Gurganus Elementary
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