This is a wonderful article posted on the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Website. If we are to stay connected to our students, we must understand and appreciate the digital world they live in.
Project Based Learning puts the responsibility to learn on the students. The teacher becomes “the guide on the side”. This is a great way to connect with the 21st century student. Check out the following website for more information. http://www.bie.org/videos
This week I tried out Story Starters by Scholastic. My kids and I had a ball writing about the favorite sport of a friendly spy who can see the future. This is a great site for fun writing prompts for the younger kids. If you have an interactive white board you can write the story collaboratively and guide them through the process. Lots of fun. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts.
Kids love to have you read books to them, and love to read books online. Check out this website that will take you to 10 sites for children’s stories. I have tried some of them out in my classroom, and the kids loved them! I can’t wait to try out the rest.
Check out this great article by Paul Barnwell with advice about using technology in your classroom.
www.quizlet.com is a fun website where you can create flash cards for review and practice. There are also thousands of cards made by other teachers available for you to use. Along with the flash cards, there are fun games you can play. This video shows my second grade class playing a game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to match a definition with a vocabulary word. They love this game! http://youtu.be/yDPhO53c2dM