Technology Resources I Use:I feel very lucky to work at the school I do. We are blessed with so much technology! I love using it and I feel it really helps to close the gap for my students. I work at a high poverty school and many students don't have access to computers at home. They get opportunities at school to become very proficient with technology though.
Promethean BoardI LOVE my Promethean Board! I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. I have flipcharts prepared for most lessons and the students are so much more engaged when using the board. It also helps my team stay on the same page. We share flipcharts with each other so we can make sure we are teaching the same material.
ActivotesI feel so lucky to have Activotes in my classroom. They are like little clicker devices that work with the Promethean software. I can project a question on the board and students can vote which answer they think is correct. The results are then graphed for the class to see. I immediately know if the students are getting it, or if I need to reteach.
ComputersI have 3 desktops in my classroom and a teacher laptop. We also have a mobile lap with 15 laptops that comes in for a good majority of the day. Students also go to a technology class once a week to work on computer projects. Students use computers to take AR tests, Fastt Math, and work on programs like Keynote, Comic Life, Kid Pix, etc.
iPadsA little over a year ago the teachers at my school got iPads. I fell in love with mine! It's nice because we can put school apps and personal apps on it. There are so many useful apps out there! One day I'll do a post of my favorites, there are too many to name right now! Our school also has a mobile lab with 30 iPads in it. My class gets them for an hour twice a week. My class always looks forwards to Tuesdays and Thursdays because those are our iPad days. I cannot describe how sad they get if we have to cancel them for whatever reason. You'd think I just told them their puppy died or something. Seriously sad faces.
MP3 PlayersI really want to find a better solution for all my audio books. I've invested in a good amount of CDs, but it's hard to keep them organized and easily accessible. I've tried some cheap MP3 players, but I haven't found any that I really like. I'd love iPods, but they are a bit too spendy for me. I used to use my iPad, but I'm maxed out on storage so I had to take my audio books off. So now I'm back to using CD players. I have a huge CD binder with all the discs in it, but it takes a while to sort though them. Are there any MP3 players you use at your listening centers that you love? I am open to suggestions!
Class WebsiteEvery teacher has a class website through our district. I'm pretty good about keeping it updated, but I want to try to improve it this year. We're not able to do any html or anything, so it's hard to get it looking really nice in my opinion. I've redone it a few times, and I want to spend some more time playing around with it to get it looking exactly the way I want.
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