Today, I'm linking up with Kathleen over at Growing Kinders to share some of the technology resources I use as well as some resolutions I have to incorporate technology more in my classroom!
Make sure you check out the blogs each day leading up to the New Year for other linky parties and resolution posts! A different blogger will host a linky party and giveaway for the next 5 days!
First, I am going to start with some websites that my kids LOVE and some that I hope to introduce to them in the coming months! Click on the pictures to take you there!
To practice telling time, we play STOP THE CLOCK over and over again! They love it!
I haven't used the Highlights website in my classroom yet, but I can't wait to! We have the magazines in our classroom library, so I know they will LOVE this website!
Do your kids have to practice typing? This is a great tool if they do!
I take my class to the computer lab once a week for about 40 minutes. We do all sorts of things like practice spelling words, take AR tests, make Power Points, research, type, etc. If my kiddos stay on task for the first 20-30 minutes, then I will let them have "free" time to play games at the end. Funschool.com has a ton of interactive and educational games!
Here's an example of a Power Point my students made last year.
I also love a little video here and there... give me 2 minutes of free time and I sure can get a lot done, ha! So, I've been trying to find You Tube videos for the different concepts we are covering. Thankfully, when I forget to go searchin' my teammates usually have my back and email me the cute ones they find! I definitely want to incorporate more of these fun music videos in the New Year!
You can even find lots of read alouds on You Tube which are great!
My largest New Year's goal in regards to technology is getting some sort of Smart Board in my classroom! I had every intention of submitting a grant for one this year, BUT with the adoption and my health scares, I just didn't have the time. So, this year I'm either going to submit a stinkin' grant, or I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy one myself! I've got to get one ASAP!
How about you? Do you have a white board in your classroom? As soon as I get one I'll be on the blogs searching high and low for good resources!
Make sure you link up with Kathleen over at Growing Kinders to share your technology tips and resolutions, and there's a pretty smokin' hot giveaway you can enter as well!