Happy New Year, teacher friends! Is one of your professional goals for the new year to integrate more technology into your instruction? Today I’m sharing some simple tips to help you motivate and engage your students with technology in the new year.
Add a listening center to your literacy stations. Storyline Online is a free site filled with dozens of popular children’s stories read aloud by celebrities. If you have iPads or laptops/Chromebooks with a camera, you can opt for QR codes that link to online stories. I made my listening center into a bulletin board so my students could easily walk up to it and scan a story of their choice. Don’t have time to make your own QR codes that link to stories? There are many pre-made ones on Teachers Pay Teachers, like THIS free one.
Incorporate a writing/digital storytelling center into your literacy routine. Storykit is my favorite free iPad app for digital storytelling. Students can create storybooks with text, audio, and photos/illustrations. They can either upload photos from their camera roll or draw their own illustrations using the app’s drawing feature. Check out THIS post for more digital storytelling apps.
Download a few engaging sight word apps onto your classroom iPad(s). Check out THIS post where I shared several of my favorite free sight word apps.
Download some fun apps for each topic you’re teaching in math. Not sure where to begin? I use THIS site often to find quality apps for my students. You can also check out these blog posts where I’ve reviewed my favorite free apps for place value, addition, geometry, time, and money.
Lastly, QR codes are one of the easiest and most engaging ways to add a little technology into your routine. You will need to download a QR scanning app onto your classroom iPad(s), such as THIS free one. If you’re new to QR codes, I would recommend trying out some freebies first to get your feet wet. Click HERE or on the image below to try out this free base-10 QR code scavenger hunt. You may also want to check out the “QR Codes” tab on my blog for more ideas and freebies for using QR codes in the classroom.