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Laptops in first grade

Aug 5, 2013 7:34am

How do you use laptops in your first grade classroom? We are hoping to use laptops to assess our first graders at then end of each math topic but our administrators would like to know how else we plan to use them . . . at this point I am not sure how to respond because I have never used them to any great extent.

  • Technology
  • Pre K-2
  • Assessment / Collaboration / Common Core / Differentiation / Digital Literacy / Engagement


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    • Aug 7, 2013 4:09am

      I use laptops a lot for centers. Websites like RazKids (reading and comprehension) and Starfall (phonics/beginning reading skills) are a great tool to ensure you are reinforcing skills you have taught!

      • Aug 11, 2013 10:35am

        I teach computer lab where we have 1:1 laptops for K-6. Even the kindergarten use Word, PowerPoint, KidPix, and more! I made mouse worksheets for them to drag and drop items. In Word, they download a page with the title, "What Can Birds Do?". We discuss it and then they write a sentence like, "Birds can fly." Then we even add a clip art bird!

        All the grades absolutely love PowerPoint. We make drawings using shapes; insert clip art; and even the youngest creates animations - we use a shape and create a balloon (make it any color they want) and then we animate it to "fly" up the screen - the squeals can get pretty loud on this one! They get so excited.

        They also love my "build a robot" exercise in PowerPoint. The slide has a finished robot so they know what it will look like. The pieces are on the screen and they move them where they should be. Then they can use shapes and create their own robot.

        I love that they are actually starting to learn these programs while they "play". Each successive year, I build on what we did the year before.

        • Feb 15, 2014 7:19am

          I have a grade 2/3 classroom. I teach my children basic computer literacy; the proper way to turn it off and on, changing font size, and how to get to the websites that we use. I teach math and science to my 2/3 class, so I teach them how to get to the sites they like to use when we have our netbooks for a period in the day.

          • Feb 27, 2014 8:49am

            There are some great resources online at, including some fun (and informative) videos in which students can insert their faces and become the star. There are also story books with this same technology, which is great for reading time. Educators get free access:

            • Apr 28, 2014 1:21am

              Our school bought a program that's called I-ready math and language arts. It's common core based and works with children at their level. Some kids are still in kinder with certain concepts, some in fourth grade. We also have Accelerated Reader and Read Live. Both are wonderfully effective programs. Currently my top group is writing their journals in word, using advanced google images to illustrate their writing. They do reports on the non-fiction books they read right now. We also use Spelling City and Scoot pad during workshop. Student growth has been amazing with these tools.