Hello! My name is Valerie Gross. This is my twenty-fourth year teaching elementary school. I have worked with mostly second, third, and fourth graders. I am currently a third grade teacher, and I am working towards earning my certification to become an elementary librarian. During the summer session, I took a technology integration class, which enlightened me to the variety of useful technology tools there are for elementary students. I am excited to share my top five favorite technology tools that will enhance students enjoyment creating and presenting curricular based projects in the classroom and in the library! (1 minute intro.)
Why use these tools? Because elementary students love using technology! My third graders love to use a variety of computer tools to create videos, word documents, and presentations. Utilizing these tools keeps students interested in the presentation process, which in turn, helps them retain the information being presented! That is a win, win situation!
I love this text tool! Using this free site,students can show comprehension across curricular areas. The directions are easy to understand and educators can limit access of the Wordle site to students. Wordle allows you to create, save, and print word clouds similar to this one. It is limited in how the words are created and presented (colors, styles, alignment, and shape).
How can you use this tool to show students knowledge? Wordle is a creative way for students to show comprehension of subject matter in any curricular area. This tool can be used by third grade students to show comprehension of language arts concept 3.4 by creating synonym and antonym word clouds. Upper elementary students can create word clouds which show words that represent traits of main characters from books being read. Students can also use Wordle to create text documents that give clues for animals, places, and events that other students will use to infer and guess what is being described.
Displaying information can be done in a fun and creative way. Educators and students will enjoy creating infographics with the tool Piktochart. A tutorial session or two will be needed in order for third through fifth graders to use this site. Piktochart is free, but limits your access to the tools provided, unless you want to upgrade for a yearly fee. As is seen here, Piktochart can be used to create introductory student informational posters. What else can this tool be used for?....
Piktochart is great for fifth graders to display their cross-curricular knowledge by using researched and collected data from science or social studies content to create a variety of informational posters which contain examples of studied styles of math graphs (Objectives: math 5., Science 5., Social Studies ) Upper elementary students can use this tool to create science environmental posters to promote conservation practices.
Narrable is a free audio tool students and educators can use to add sound to pictures. This is an interactive way which allows students to tell what they know about subject matter taught. Photographs must be yours or retrieved from the internet. A tutorial will be necessary to explain how second through fifth graders use the tool. These two photos depict a third grade matter question- “ Is the first picture showing a liquid or solid being poured from the container? After investigating with a ProScope , students respond to the question, based on their prior knowledge and data. Students can record their responses which are connected with the downloaded Proscope picture , showing the proof of their responses. A fun and cool way to show comprehension! How else can this tool be used ?
Students can use Narrable to create book summaries with their origianal illustrations of their chosen books’ key details. This activity lets students show comprehension in sequencing, summary writing (which would provide the script for the audio of this activity), and ability to pick out key This resource is an excellent tool to create sequenced expository responses. Think about having the pictures of the child creating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stored in Narrable. Second grade students can place them in the correct order and then verbally explain the process of making the sandwich. What a great way for second graders to show comprehension for language arts standard
Using Barcodes in elementary classrooms and libraries is a great way to capture students’ attention! I-nigma is a layered reality tool that allows you to create Barcodes and link them to text codes and video and audio resources. The app is free, but needs to be downloaded on an appropriate technological device. This I-nigma code is linked to a book trailer about the 2014 Newberry Winning Book Flora & Ulysses. What a fun way to get students interested in reading!
Who doesn’t love great technology tools! I can’t wait to share these fantastic resources with my new third grade students. I know they will enjoy them and their comprehension products will be thoughtful, creative, and interesting! (1 minute)
Can I answer any questions? (approximately 5-10 minutes) Thank you for your time! I hope you all enjoy exploring and using these student engaging technology tools!
1. Technology Tools That Help
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Hearts. [digital image].Retrieved from http://www.clipartbest.com/2-hearts-clip-art/.
2. Why Use
Media Arts Center San Diego (photographer).(2012, April 19). Youth Media Project at Burbank Elementary-Spring 2012 [digital image]. Retrieved from
3. Text Tool
4. Excellent tool for……
Dr. Noah Lott (Creator).(2012, August 24).Vocabulary Words Are Important! [digital image].
Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&license=1%2C2%2C3%2C4%2C5%2C6&text=vocabulary/.
Apionid (Photographer). (2013, May 23). So Many Books, So Little Time. [digital image]. Retrieved from
Technology is Sweet. n.d. Ryan Walters Piktochart.[digital image].
Retrieved from http://technologyissweet.edublogs.org/tag/piktochart//.
6. Great for……
Joe Gunawan (Photographer). (2012, October 11). Bees-Sony A99.[digital image].Retrieved from
7. Audio Tool
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Visual Photos (Creator). n.d. Pile of salt being poured from a salt-cellar.[digital image]. Retrieved from
8. Super Resource For……
Crossett Library (Creator).(2011, December 14). Book cover of The Song of the Day Birds and the Night Birds. [digital image]. Retrieved from
Judy Baxter (Photographer).(2005, November 5). Tavarisi’ PBJ Sandwich and Paragraph.[digital image].
9. Video Tool
Eofdreams (Creator). n.d. Computer. [digital image]. Retrieved from http://eofdreams.com/computer.html.
Cloudswave (Creator).n.d.Powtoon picture.[digital image]. Retrieved from
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10. Useful tool for……
Salina Canizales (Photographer).(2009, February 24).Cesar Chavez
Memorial. [digital image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/
Tim (Photographer). (2004, May 30). Tornado and Lightning. [digital image]. Retrieved
11. Layered Reality Tool
Flora & Ulysses Book Cover. Digital image. Http://www.danverslibrary.org/?page_id=1236.
Peabody Institute Library, n.d. Web. Http://www.danverslibrary.org/?page_id=1236>.
12. Mrs. Hembree(Creator)n.d..Students created QR book codes.[digital image].
Retrieved from http://bellbulldogreaders.edublogs.org/2012/05/18/a-taste-of-hollywood/