I teach 1st grade literacy with like level learners. My students are grouped by ability and as they grow (or don't grow) they are moved to the appropriate placement to take the steps needed to help them continue to flourish or get them the interventions needed.
This past year, my school was awarded a grant and received about 300 MAC books. Our district even sent in a tech person to teach us about MAC books and the different things they could do. After attending a few different trainings, I had learned nothing new that I didn't already know. I knew about google classroom and the ability for students to work within that. But for my young friends, I wasn't sure these MAC books would be life changing.
Of course, there's primary websites like Razz-kids, starfall, abcya, but they can do that at home. Dance Mat Typing is also helpful to help students work on their keyboarding skills. Don't get me wrong, I still use these websites, BUT I was looking for something to get students engaged and still be meaningful instruction. And of course I kept going back to, but my students are so inexperienced, lacking experiences other students have had, and unable to read.
So upon different searches, I found Danielle Knight's product Google Drive Toolkit. It has helped me create engaging, digital lessons for my early learners. The lessons I've done with them, they absolutely love!
Adding technology to my lessons has helped to increase my students engagement, as well as the pride in their work. Some of my lowest achieving students previously have really loved working in our online classroom. To find all my interactive products, you can check out my teachers pay teachers store under Momma with a Teaching Mission.
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Digital Learning Day 2016--Why Should You Try Something New? Because Your Students Will Thank You.
My students thank me all the time for the new “stuff” we are doing this year. Go ahead--take the plunge! Believe me, if you have access to any sort of technology (even one device), then do it. That one tablet or laptop can open up a window to a universe of instructional opportunities. Your students will want to get to that tech center.
Digital Learning Day, February 17, 2016, is ultimately about bringing equal opportunity to our classrooms, regardless of location or socioeconomic status. It is about the importance of having access to Wi-Fi and up-to-date technology in our schools. Many schools have technology that is not working or that is out-of-date. State and local governments are now focusing on getting it all fixed so that our school children can succeed in the 21st century.
Here's the challenge--On February 17, 2016, try a new lesson that focuses on discovery, analysis, and exploration. Give your students the gift of a new opportunity by using Google Classroom, MS OneDrive, or an App. And don’t forget to share what you are doing in your classroom on social media to celebrate Digital Learning Day with #futureready. To help you get started, we’ve teamed up to share an amazing selection of blog posts and classroom activities that are designed to propel you and your students into your digital learning adventure.