This afternoon I ran a session on Integrating Technology into your Pre-K – 3rd Grade Classroom. I ran through a few examples of how we use technology for communication and in the classroom at Collegiate ,and then reviewed some of the great iPad apps I’ve been testing out. Thanks to all of the participants for your great questions/comments. Below are my slides and links to resources that we discussed. Please post questions in the comments!
Point 1: Build a Personal Learning Network
Join the Independent School Educator’s NING
Point 2: Communication: Newsletter
Use a Content Management System – We use Whipplehill’s Community Groups to build a newsletter with photos and news stories for your parents.
Point 3: Use a blog to communicate or have your students write and publish information
Post videos at vimeo.com and embed them in your blog.
Point 4: Geography: Use Google Earth to show your students the world!
Point 5: Problem Solving: Scratch
Scratch is a free program that is an excellent introduction to programming for students. You can tell stories, create games or work on challenges with your students. Here’s a great site to start learning scratch.
Point 6: Communicate with Video
Create videos that show students gaining mastery of jumping, playing or teaching another student a skill they have learned. Post these videos at Vimeo and embed them on your blog. You can use a flip video camera (I recommend putting them on tripods)
Point 7: The iPad
We looked at the following apps:
What did I miss? What are your questions?
What is your favorite resource for Lower School Technology Integration?