I teach 2nd grade and work at a school with limited technology. The computers and wifi didn't work well in my classroom this year and were never fixed because I don't teach a grade that took SBAC this year. I created a integrated global unit of instruction with a major focus on oceans and their impact on people around the world. We Skyped with marine experts around the world as a big part of our yearlong research. I've include a link to a short news clip of or last Skype with Mission 31 and Fabien Cousteau. It was AWESOME! Already planning for next year!
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A few years ago, a 2nd-grade teacher and I used a field trip at the beginning of the year with 2nd graders to get them to write. We asked students to share cameras to get pictures then write complete sentences to describe one of the pictures, using capital letters and periods. We then put the photos into a power point. Students recorded their sentences, and then we showed the PPT at open house. Kids were so proud! STEP TWO was to write procedures in a group. They had to decide what they wanted to explain, take pictures of the process and then write sentences for each step. Again, they recorded to build that oral language. In teams, they completed the same procedure of recording into a ppt. STEP THREE, they created their own stories, recorded and built their own ppts. We had a computer lab and school cameras to work with. But you could change this procedure to adjust to your own technology resources.
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Here is a weekly program that uses Skype and can involve another school from another part of the United States or another country for that matter.
I was fortunate enough to have iPads for each of my students. I would assign various assignments that required students to use research skills to complete assignments.
We do units on various topics. We are fortunate enough to have 4 carts of 30 iPads in which teachers can check out. For one unit, we did a unit of literature cause and effect then flipped it with informational text on research on boa constrictors. We did The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash as the literature CCSS, and for the informational text piece we used various sites to find information on boas. We used the Book Creator app,, Poppet app, and Post Card Lite to create the projects.I then do a mock up of the entire project including pictures and standards then send them out to the staff to show what was done so they can experiment with technology as well. I have examples of these if you would like to see. Good Luck!
With a class set of iPads, I am able to use a variety of tasks and projects with the freedom to create the presentation method to deliver understanding of the learning objectives.
Our school is not rich in technology so when I am able to integrate computers I always tie the lesson to content we are studying in class. One great way is to provide students with guided research worksheets. I create Web Quests that center around a central theme (such as the three branches of government). I include links to videos on Brain Pop as well as links to Ben Franklin's Guide to Government. The students like the self-paced aspect of the learning. I always wrap it up with a RAFT writing assignment.
I used blogging as a way to teach my kinder second language learners how to develop both listening and speaking skills. This also allowed me to model sentence structures. You can look here www.kidblog.org/kinderCUE .
We use Tumblebooks during Daily 5, Typing Web to teach the kids how to type in computer lab and at home, IXL for math practice, and I'm planning to use XtraMath this fall to practice fact fluency. I also teach my students how to type a poem and a story once they get better at typing after using Typing Web, and I teach them how to create PowerPoint presentations for their fall conferences, and for informational book topics. Long story short, I use technology any way possible and the kids LOVE it.
I trained to be a teacher of English from 1994 to 1996. At that time our training school did not have technology based programmes. When I started teaching I tried to integrate technology in my teachings but it wasn't easy because of the lack adequate infrastructures. Most of the time the only machine I use is the tape recorder to teach songs.
I taught 4th grade. I'm taking some time off to work as our district's Technology TOSA. Here is a link to my class blog that will give you lots of ideas: http://begoodhumans.blogspot.com/.
You are also welcome to Like/Follow my Facebook page: BPS Technology Integration. Good luck!
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