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Some interesting ways to incorporate technology

Sometimes the technology can get the better than us.  Whether it be an updated system, or the latest installment of an app, or maybe there is a new program that is better than the one you just started using.  It is OK.  You are not alone. So many teachers, parents, and even students experience the same feeling.  It is just too hard to keep up, especially when the school systems are requiring that we (as teachers) use more and more technology in the classroom.  Well here are a few easy tricks to get the technology in there, without having a learn a whole new way to teaching.

1) PowerPoint game/quiz review shows.   Face it, reviewing a lesson before a test can be boring, here is a chance to make it fun.  Teachers have been creating reviews lessons using PowerPoint to mimic popular game shows like Jeopardy, Who Want to Be a Millionaire and Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader? There are free templates online for you to download and make it your own.  This is a great way for those who are not too tech-savy to use an already established program.  I have done this many times, and have even used Prezi to create a few review games.

2) Just Tweet It! Students mission, to summarize a lesson in 160 characters or less.  Not only does this avoid having students repeat themselves over and over and over again, but it forces them to get at the real core of the lesson and what is being taught. This is good for end of the unit/lesson discussions, but also for a quick book review.  You have came them break up the main points of the standard book review to individual tweets (ex. main character, plot, etc)

3) Blogging from a characters perspective.  This is a fun one.  If you have ever had students write letters from the viewpoint of a character you have multiple options now to incorporate technology.  The most popular choice being Blogging.  Instead of letters, the students will post, and can add images and videos as well to enhance the post.  There are blog sites that can be used specficially for the classroom that protects the students from unwanted attention.

4) Surf the Web. This is an oldie but a goodie.  Webquests have been around for a while, and ultimately what it does is guides students to search the internet for specific information.  An idea is have students become curators for their own museum on a particular topic.  But since it is for a museum the students must determine what artifacts belong in their museum.  This hits many common core areas of study but also touches on technology and digital literacy since they must evaluate the sites for validity.

Again these are just a few options for you to ponder while you try to find ways to get that technology in the classroom.

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Apps for Math

So in honor of my mother, who was an amazing math teacher for over 30 years, I decided to focus this post on apps that can be used to build math skills.  Each of these have been tested and approved by educators, I some were recommendations from teachers in my district.

promo-graphic-290x140[1]CardDroid Math from Whitneyapps are flashcards that are customizable. Choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or mix two. Built-in sets for pre-school and elementary math facts and skills.  Allows you to choose from recently used sets to better server groups with different learning needs or styles.  Tracks accuracy, speed and problem areas.  And the best part there are no ads associated with this app. Only for Android at a cost of $0.99.

mzl.oudgkzlc.175x175-75[1]Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard, by allowing you to create video tutorials, animated lessons, and comment on photos. Perfect for any subject but specifically good for math to help explain formulas and show how to solve equations.  Create a mini lesson to share through email, Facebook or Twitter, or embed into a website or blog.   Help your students with homework by working through an example problem.  Share the link with students to view before or after class. This is a free app and requires an iOS.

sushi_monsters[1]Sushi Monster is sponsored by Scholastic and focuses on meeting the Common Core State Standards that will help increase math fact fluency in the areas of addition and multiplication.  With 12 levels of play kids will have no problem being entertained. This is a free app and requires iOS.

 

equivalent_fractions[1]Equivalent Fractions a game developed by McGraw Hill offers quick and easy ways to practice and reinforce fraction concepts and relationships.  The object is similar to solitaire where players try to match equivalent fractions on cards showing halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, etc. When cards are matched, they disappear and points awarded, with the cards behind coming forward and accessible.  The game ends when cards are matched and not more pairs can be made.  Players  can earn extra points for making two or more matches in a row.  Players must clear the board to earn all possible points. Available on iOS and Android for $1.99.

Motion-Math-Hungry-Guppy-a-mix-of-dots-and-numbers_sm[1]Motion Math: Hungry Guppy easy –  drag bubbles together to add them, then feed the dots to your fish. Hungry Guppy encourages learners to develop a strong sense of addition and understand what numbers represent.  There’s 15 levels of gameplay for 3-year-olds to 7-year-olds and bonuses to customize your fish with new colors. Requires iOS and is $3.999

 

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