December 27, 2012

Technology Resources & Resolutions

I'm linking up with Kathleen over at Growing Kinders to share some of the technology resources I use and some of my technology resolutions for the new year.


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 Board

 I 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.

Activotes

 I 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.

Computers

I 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.

iPads

A 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.

 

Technology Resolutions:

MP3 Players

I 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 Website

Every 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.

Check out Growing Kinders to see her technology resources and resolutions and enter her giveaways!

10 comments:

  1. I just found your blog through the tech linky and I am your newest follower :)!

    Sent From My iPad

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  2. cute blog! Love your technology. I wish we had some updated technology.

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  3. I agree! Your blog is cute! I'm a new follower...I too found you through the linky.

    I'd love to feature you on my "New Blog on the Block" posts...email me a few things about yourself if your interested. colormekinder@gmail.com :)

    colormekinder.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! That is so nice of you... I'll email you soon :-)

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  4. I just found your blog through the linky party! Cute blog! Did you design it yourself?? I really need to try to figure that out! I'm your newest follower!!! You are doing GREAT so far!!! I love it when I find other teachers my age! :)

    Amanda
    mrsrichardsonfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. Nice to meet you! I did design my blog. It was a lot of trial and error, so thank you for the compliment!

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  5. I love that your kiddos can use Comic Life and Keynote. AR is fine for what it is but it's not really using tech cause it's all multiple choice. It's about remembering details from BOOKS! Yay BOOKS! Read all the time, even if there's no test available!

    What kind of mp3 player did you try? We use (and I have personally another version with more memory) little Sandisks. Cheap and they work! Of course we are using Overdrive to checkout out audiobooks from the library. Have to match up recordings to books but hey. No cost on our end for the recordings.

    And how cool that you can put personal apps on your iPad. One day I'll get a personal one instead of just school. Until then I'll just love the school one and my Macbook at home. Our classroom teachers don't have them yet (I'm the librarian ... had to use bookfair money to get it but the kids love it!). They're getting them sometime this year but the district is getting very selective about apps ... rumors are the same 10 on all of the devices. I'm sort of doing my own thing until someone tells me I can't. But I get access to passwords the teachers don't. They can't add apps even if they are free. :{

    Love the blog design, btw. Trial and error is the way to get techy. Says the one who got her sister-in-law to do all the actual design work on her blog. She's a photographer so she was faster at all the Photoshop stuff. ;)

    PS Born in Utah but only lived there long enough for my Dad to finish med school. Well. And my undergrad at the Y. A Texan now for a long time!

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    1. Sorry. That turned out to be practically a book.

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    2. Thanks for your comment! I will have to look at the Sandisk MP3 players. I had some off-brand ones (can't remember the exact brand) that were not very user friendly. The kids could never figure out the buttons and had a hard time scrolling through to find the right book. The little screens kept cutting off too much of the titles.

      That's crazy the school limits apps like that! Now I feel very lucky that they let me do what I want. They even gave us an iTunes card to get us started.

      I went to the Y too! I;m actually from Washington, but stayed here after college.

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  6. Ohhhhhhhh I love love love your blog! I have just discovered it and it's exactly what I have been looking for! You seem so organized and I understand about having matching boxes and containers! I've just ventured into the blogging world and I'm loving it as well! I'm having a giveaway for when I reach 20 followers and it's a huge pack!

    www.misspeachsclass.blogspot.com.au

    Sally xx

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