My Top 10 Tools for Elementary Educators


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My Top 10 Tools for Elementary Educators

  1. 1. Tech Tools for Elementary Teachers Maegan E. Slaten
  2. 2. Why Use Technology? • Technical Skills • Motivation • Engagement • Puts students in an active role • Increased self-esteem • Accomplishment of more complex tasks • Attention to audience
  3. 3. Tool 1: • • Description: Literally a “3 – ring binder for the web” which allows you to collect websites, photos, documents, etc. into an easy to navigate “binder”. • Usage in the Classroom: – Collect websites for students to use during the computer center (especially great for younger students) – Allow students to create a LiveBinder to collect information for projects – Create digital portfolios for students – Create a customized “virtual textbook” For my “Live Binder” for this presentation: •Go to •Search “msedtech26” (choose “Authors” from the drop down)
  4. 4. Pros: • Free • Easy to use • Works on any computer with internet connection • Binders can be shared • Can be public or private Cons: • Must install a “bookmarklet” • Runs on pop-ups • Must have internet access • No customized links for sharing LiveBinders
  5. 5. Tool 2: • • Description: Categorized book lists that can help you foster a love for reading in your classroom by suggesting books for students. • Usage in the Classroom: – Find books for students based on their favorite hobbies, toys, movies, etc. – Use author interviews to help introduce books – Use the provided lesson plans to help you teach with popular children’s books
  6. 6. Pros: • Free • Easy to use (for teachers and older students) • Web-based (so it works on any computer) • Lots of great resources Cons: • Internet connection required • Not user-friendly for younger students ReadKiddoRead
  7. 7. Tool 3: • • Description: A website that teaches students about internet safety in a “kid-friendly” way • Usage in the Classroom: – Share videos at the beginning of the year to introduce the importance of internet safety to your students – Print internet safety posters to hang in your classroom – Students can play the games the throughout the year to reinforce safety skills – Share the site with parents so that students can play at homeFor more internet safety sites:
  8. 8. Pros: • Free • Kid-friendly • Easy to use • Web-based • Lots of great resources • Different sections for different age groups Cons: • Internet connection required Netsmartz
  9. 9. Tool 4: • • Description: A software application that allows users to make free voice and video calls over the internet. • Usage in the Classroom: – Video chat with other students across the state, country, or even world. – Chat with favorite authors – Collaborate with other teachers – Correspond with students outside the classroom For more ideas: to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
  10. 10. Pros: • Free (from computer to computer) • Easy to use • Works on any computer with internet connection • Works on any operating system Cons: • Fee to make calls to phones • Software must be downloaded • Must have internet access • Users need microphone and/or web cam Skype
  11. 11. Tool 5: • • Description: A suite of software applications that can increase productivity, creativity, and collaboration amongst students and teachers. • Usage in the Classroom: – Students can use Google Docs to create and collaborate on documents. – Teachers can collect, read, and organize blogs by other educators in Google Reader – Use Google Forms to create quizzes, check-in questions, polls, etc For more ideas and resources:
  12. 12. Pros: • Free • Easy to use (for older students/teachers) • Web-based • Great collection of tools • Encourages creativity and collaboration • Accessed from the same login Cons: • Not as “kid-friendly” for younger students • Takes some time to learn • Must have internet access • Google account required • Simultaneous editing can cause items to be overwritten Google
  13. 13. Tool 6: • • Description: A web-based creativity suite where anyone can build and deploy engaging and interactive web applications. • Usage in the Classroom: – You can create games for your students based on their interests and needs. – Students can create their own games for themselves or others – Use the already created games as part of your computer center or as a whole-class activity on the interactive whiteboard
  14. 14. Pros: • Free • Customizable • Web-based • Tutorials provided for easy setup • Builder is user-friendly (for older students/teachers) Cons: • Builder is not as “kid- friendly” for younger students • Takes some time to learn • Must have internet access Sharendipity
  15. 15. Tool 7: • • Description: A site that not only has virtual field trips for a variety of subjects and ages, but also has software that allows teachers to create their own virtual field trips. • Usage in the Classroom: – Use the provided virtual field trips to “visit” and experience places they might not normally get to visit. – Use the software to create your own virtual field trip – Allow students to design their own virtual field trip using the software For other virtual field trip options:
  16. 16. Pros: • Free (to use the already created field trips) • Field trips are well- made • Sorted by age and subject • Free trial for builder software Cons: • There is a fee to download the full version of the software ($25 for single- computer license) • Must have internet access Tramline
  17. 17. Tool 8: • • Description: A full interactive technology literacy curriculum that teaches students technology skills while practicing skills from the core subjects. • Usage in the Classroom: – Students can practice technology skills while reinforcing skills from math, reading, science, and social studies – Allows students to work at their own pace and provides scores for each of the exercises so you can see how they are doing.
  18. 18. Pros: • Web-based • Self-paced lessons • Sorted by age and subject • Age appropriate activities • Integrated into core subjects • Appropriate for students in K-8 Cons: • It is not free ($15 per student) • Must have internet access EasyTech Curriculum
  19. 19. Tool 9: • • Description: A group of educational websites with hundreds of short Flash-based movies and activities for students in grades K-12 covering a variety of subjects. • Usage in the Classroom: – You can show the videos and do the activities as a class using an interactive whiteboard. – Students can view the videos and do the activities as a computer center – You can use the accompanying lesson plans to help you plan your lessons using the BrainPop resources. – Use BrainPopESL to help English Language Learners work on their vocabulary
  20. 20. Pros: • Web-based • Age appropriate movies and activities • Sorted by age and subject • Separate site for younger learners (BrainPop Jr. for K-3) • Integrated into core subjects Cons: • It is not free (but there are free trials) • Must have internet access • Must have Flash installed Brain Pop/Brain Pop Jr.
  21. 21. Tool 10: • • Description: A site that has NUMEROUS resources for teachers and students such as lesson plans, printables, articles, educational videos, interactive whiteboard lessons, computer games, book wizards, interactive e-books, and even a classroom webpage builder. • Usage in the Classroom: – You can show the videos and do the activities as a class using an interactive whiteboard. – Students can view the videos and do the activities as a computer center – You can use the accompanying lesson plans and resources to help you plan lessons.
  22. 22. Pros: • Web-based • Age appropriate activities • Sorted by age and subject • Integrated into core subjects • Research-based resources for teachers • Most of the content is free Cons: • Some content requires paid subscription • Must have internet access • Site can be a bit overwhelming so it takes some time to learn all of the resources Scholastic
  23. 23. How do I find MORE tools to use in the classroom? Through a PLN (Personal Learning Network)
  24. 24. Setting up a PLN Using Twitter and Delicious • Twitter – A micro-blogging tool that can be used to share and receive information and resources • Delicious – A “social-bookmarking” site that allows you to collect favorite websites, tag them, add notes, and access them from any computer. These two tools can help you develop a PLN: • Receive ideas, tips, and tricks from people you follow on Twitter. • Collect your newly found resources and ideas with your delicious account.
  25. 25. How does this work? Let me show you MY PLN (where I found most of the tools presented today)
  26. 26. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 1. Go to 2. Click on “Sign Up”
  27. 27. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 3. Fill in your information. Be sure to choose a professional user name since other educators will be seeing this.
  28. 28. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 4. Login to your newly created account using your user name and password.
  29. 29. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 5. Type to navigate to my Twitter page
  30. 30. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 6. Click the follow button to follow me OR Browse through the people I follow and decide which ones you would like to follow.
  31. 31. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 7. Keep expanding your network Use Twitter’s Suggestions OR Follow friends your friends follow
  32. 32. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 8. Organize your resources 9. Go to 10. Click “Join Now”
  33. 33. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 11. Login using your Yahoo ID (if you have one). If not, click “Sign Up” and fill out your information.
  34. 34. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 11. Once you’re logged in, you can add people to your network. Suggestions: • UATIM – UA’s Technology in Motion • Mes285 – Me • StevenAnderson – An EdTech
  35. 35. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 12. ON YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER, install your preferred buttons/bookmarklets by clicking on “Tools” at the bottom of any page and following the instructions listed for your browser.
  36. 36. Steps to Setting Up YOUR PLN 12. Gather and organize your resources 
  37. 37. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
  38. 38. Thanks for having me! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.