K-8 Technology Teachers

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K-8 Technology Teachers

K-8 teachers looking for ways to integrate instructional technology into the curriculum

Members: 22
Latest Activity: Dec 10, 2013

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Do Constructive Classrooms use Technology?

Started by Nita Shori Aug 20, 2011. 0 Replies

Adopting a constructivist approach to pedagogy is perhaps one of the most important, but often forgotten, things in the classroom. Creating a classroom of exploration, creation and self-initiated…Continue

Tags: technology, instructional, constructivism, inquiry

iWork v. Office

Started by Meg King-Abraham Aug 19, 2011. 0 Replies

My new Mac Lab doesn't have iWork: Pages, Keynote, Numbers. It thas Office: Word, Excel, Power Point. Am I okay without iWork?

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Comment by Margaret Evans on June 10, 2011 at 3:07am

My district has finally moved technology class into the elementary level!  I am one of two teachers that will be teaching K-4 computer skills.  I would appreciate any and all suggestions, ideas, or lessons for this new adventure.

Comment by Nita Shori on June 10, 2011 at 6:08am
I find K-5 extremely receptive to technology. Plus, there is so much out there in terms of instructional technology that can be used with students. Let us try to bring some ideas together here.
Comment by Meg King-Abraham on June 28, 2011 at 7:52am
Will begin a new job in September, teaching Social Studies K-8 in an iMac lab with a Promethean board. I look forward to sharing resources and ideas.
Comment by Jackie varjao on July 13, 2011 at 8:44am

Hello all,

I am a doctoral student researching collaboration in online teacher certification programs.

If you got your certification online, please get in touch:)

I really, really need your help.

thanks

Comment by Miranda Adams on September 16, 2011 at 8:54am
Currently in my 4th grade Math & Science classes I use student response systems; a class blog (Learning Is Sweet) and Edmodo. I am looking for ways to make assessments painless for my students and myself. I have played around with google docs but I am looking for more ideas on how to use those in 4th grade as well as more ideas on using Edmodo (which my kids LOVE).
Comment by Ms. Purti Singh on September 17, 2011 at 8:55pm
we have been using wallwisher and the students really are enjoying as a begining tool intergrating ICT. I have also used -voice thread , this could be one way to assess students on their skills.
Comment by Maria Smith on January 25, 2012 at 5:54pm

I am a kindergarten teacher and I am looking for ways to make technology more interactive in my classroom.  I am working with very little resources (no SMARTboard yet).  I am looking for some things that is beyond just signing them all to do interactive games.  I know resources are out there, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Andrea McKichan on January 26, 2012 at 4:36am

Maria,

The Kindergarten students I teach really love Little Bird Tales.  We did one as a class and then I set them up to make their own.  They need a lot of guidance, so getting a volunteer to come in would be a good idea.  Little Bird Tales is a site that allows students to create artwork and write and/or tell about it as a story. 

My next project with them is to use Lego Designer, a free download.  They can create Lego structures using a template or starting with a blank page. 

 

Comment by Nita Shori on January 27, 2012 at 1:39pm

Andrea, Both 'Little Bird Tales' and 'Lego Designer' were new for me. Thanks for sharing.

Maria, I like Pixie 2 for Kindergarten. We used to have Kidpix until last year, but we don't any more. Pixie 2 is probably slightly harder for them to grasp in the beginning, but once they get it, they flow really well with it. They can draw and do voice-overs to narrate what they have drawn. They can create more than one picture (for instance, one for every season of the year), record their voices behind each and then either view it as a slideshow or convert it into a movie.

Comment by Heather Davis on January 28, 2012 at 12:53am

Hi all,  Glad to find you.  While August is still a bit distant I really want to begin discussions that will help me process all of what I am going to need to know etc.  In August I will move from being a classroom teacher with 37 years experience to being an Integrating Technology Specialist Grades 2-5 with no experience.  I am a bit overwhelmed and my mind is spinning.  Anyone got any suggestions on how to make this jump especially psychologically?

I realize how different it is going to be to not have my own class anymore and basically not teach but be a consultant.  Where do I start to make the transition.

Just to add to the overall challenges I am moving from China where I have taught for eight years to Guatemala.

Would appreciate any ideas or words of wisdom.  :)

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