Incorporating technology in the classroom motivates students and prepares them for 21st century skills they will need to participate in a digital society (Rubin, pg. 133). Below are some ideas for using technology with students.
Use these publication resources for school newsletters, flyers, and brochures.
Padlet is a digital platform similar to a blog or website, but anyone who is given permission can add information in real time. Students can upload reports, pictures and links. They can type in comments. The site is easy to use.
I use Storybird with students to create books. It is simple enough for the youngest learners. Students can choose pictures to add to their writing, but they have to choose from Storybird’s templates.
Newsela can be used to find leveled versions of nonfiction texts. You can write instructions for students and level the same text for different readers.
Think about an online makerspace and you will have Tinkercad. You can create 3-D digital designs and circuits. You can design with codes.
Create interactive presentations. The first one is free.
Teachers should also take advantage of their local libraries for links to E-books, magazines, and articles for kids.
Rubin, R. (2016). Foundations of Library and Information Science (4th edition). Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman.