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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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Learn Science through Apps

I paid tribute to my mother in an earlier post and now I feel I should pay my father the same respect.  After being a science teacher my father moved into the administrative side of the education world, but he still enjoyed visiting the science classes to not only see the students but to bother the teachers as well.  So in honor of my father here are some science apps that can help entertain and teach.

Happy Little Farmer for  iOS $1.99

happy little farmerFocused towards the pre-school aged learners this app educates children about the cycle of fruits and vegetables.  Through 15 activities the students will work around the farm to help grow crops and keep invaders out. There is also a treasure hunt throughout the game, by collecting all objects the user can create their own customized rabbit house.  This is a great app to use as an introduction to life cycles or as an additional resource.


Smithsonian’s National Zoo for iOS and Android $1.99

SmithsonianRainy day out…why not visit the zoo?  The Smithsonian National Zoo app is the perfect way to visit the zoo without leaving your own home.  View the live feed cameras to visit the giant pandas gorillas, tigers, lions and flamingos;  making learning about animals fun with features that educate children about hundreds of animals from the systems they inhabit, to the sounds they make; test your animal knowledge using the animal index.   This app can also be used when you visit the zoo as well, with interactive maps, transportation schedules, and animal demonstration alerts, your day at the zoo will a fun-filled adventure.

Frog Dissection for iOS $3.99

FrogSqueamish and the sight of blood? Not sure if cutting open a frog is really “your thing.” Middle school students will love this alternative to the actual physical dissection.  Students will learn about the tools used, as well as the anatomy and the organs of the frog.  Quizzes follow at the end of the lessons.



Nearpod for iOS Free

NearpodA free app that helps bring the classroom to life through  interactive mobile presentations which allows the teachers to create and customize to fit their classroom needs.  By creating multimedia presentations the teachers can share the content with students and control the students activity through the app.  Students can receive curriculum based assignments that they can submit through the app which will then allow teachers to monitor and activity and measure the results. 


NASA App for iOS and Android Free

NASAThe NASA App showcases the large collection of the latest NASA content, which includes images and videos, news features and stories, satellite tracking, tweets from top scientists, NASA television, and Third Rock Radio. Perfect for grades 4 and up to help with research and projects.

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