Technology in the Classroom

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.

 

ILA- ReadThinkWrite

Use these publication resources for school newsletters, flyers, and brochures.

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/printing-press-30036.html

 

Padlet

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.

https://padlet.com/features

 

Storybird

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.

https://storybird.com/

 

Newsela

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.

https://newsela.com/

 

Tinkercad

Think about an online makerspace and you will have Tinkercad. You can create 3-D digital designs and circuits. You can design with codes.

https://www.tinkercad.com/#/

 

Prezi

Create interactive presentations. The first one is free.

https://prezi.com/

 

Local library

Teachers should also take advantage of their local libraries for links to E-books, magazines, and articles for kids.

http://www.warrenville.com/

 

Reference

Rubin, R. (2016). Foundations of Library and Information Science (4th edition). Chicago,               IL: Neal-Schuman.

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