Hey everyone! I am linking up with the wonderful Kathleen from Growing Kinders for a resolution linky party...all about technology! That's my favorite topic (did you know that? haha!).
Before I get to my resolutions, here are some ways we use technology in class...some I've used for years, others are more recent acquisitions. All are vital to my teaching at this point!
Computer Projector and Document Camera
and speakers...sometimes. The computer projector comes from my school, we have a bunch and I am very, very lucky to be able to use mine every day. I've been doing this for years and really would be a wreck without it!
We project interactive websites, graphic organizers, student work...just about everything we can project!
And that's thanks to the document camera. I actually have two cameras I alternate between because both are great. The one shown above is the IPEVO (I know I've blogged about it a couple of times in the past--it's a great little affordable camera). I bought it because I wanted access to the camera every day, without having to share it (how unteacherly of me!!). I love it!
I also use the Luna Projection Camera from Learning Resources (I blogged about this one last year)...
Our school has a cart of these wonderful computers and our class uses them as much as possible...and when we have them, we'll use them in all subject areas. Such as the stopwatch you see above...we used it for a science experiment this past fall.
We use websites, word processing, videos, pretty much anything you can do with the MacBooks.
Ok, on to the resolutions!
Well...have I told you this yet?? I finally got my iPad!! I absolutely adore it and have been using it for home/school, rather than lugging my precious MacBook Pro (I'm always worried something will happen to all my files when I bring it to school!).
I've only just started using the iPad in the class with my students. I've downloaded Storia and we've listened to a few stories...we've given Spelling City a whirl (we unanimously prefer the app to the website in our class!), and am on the hunt for more. Apps. And iPads, as a matter of fact!
Do you have any apps to share with a new-to-apps girl? Anything you love for your upper-elementary and/or EL newcomers?
My other resolution (besides finding more apps) is to get my iPad hooked up to the computer projector, so we can enjoy the use (and beautiful retina display!) together as a class
My final technological resolution involves Powerpoint, oddly enough.
I've become very comfortable in using it to create printables for my class and store. Comfortable enough, in fact, that I'd like to teach my students to use Powerpoint when they finalize their nonfiction writing pieces later this winter.
We always word process these writing pieces and it's a great experience, but I have a bigger vision for this year! I want to teach the students to use Powerpoint and build their nonfiction pieces to look as a kid's nonfiction text would look...you know with the sidebars, fact boxes, photographs? Not as a slideshow, but as a work to be printed.
I know it would be so much easier for them to manipulate this on Powerpoint. But it's going to take a bit of work to teach the whole class, so that is one big techy resolution for me this January!
Oooo...do you think I should make a video tutorial for my students? I wonder how that would work?
Well, if you have any advice/suggestions on apps, I would love to hear it. Thanks so much for reading :)