I just received an email from TeachersPayTeachers with tips on integrating technology. Imagine that, I’m writing a blog about technology in the classroom, and they send me some new information! The article offers different ways to incorporate technology. I am familiar with all of the ideas that are presented, but I have never had the chance to use them in the classroom. I want to share the ideas they gave me and see if any of you have experience with them. One of the main reasons I have not had the opportunity to use them in the classroom is due to money restraints. However, I would still love to hear about successes, or even failures, in using these products!
QR Codes – The teacher who used QR codes in her classroom would place them on her worksheets and have it take the students to a website or video. Of course her students loved using their cell phones in class! While most of my students do have personal cell phones, I have no experience adding these to worksheets. Does anyone know of any easy ways to do this?
Lumens LadiBug High Definition document projector – I have seen these used, and they are definitely cool! My school actually has several that we can use, but I unfortunately do not have a projector 😦 I also am only teaching in my classroom twice (the other three classes are in an inclusion classroom), so I don’t have the means to justify having one installed. The LadiBug allows you to zoom in on certain parts of the text and show the class anything you’re reading from (book, directions, article, objects) without having to make copies. Has anyone had the pleasure of using one of these?
iPod Shuffles – I have used one of these personally, but never in the classroom. Again, with money constraints, I’m not sure if it’s possible to order a classroom set of these. I do like the idea of recording a book on tape using a program on the computer, and then uploading it to the iPod, though. This could be used as a listening center, or even a way for students to practice their fluency. The TeachersPayTeachers article mentioned using GarageBand (a Mac program), but the only recording device I have used is Audacity. It is very easy to use, however I had difficulties transferring the files to a CD. Perhaps using some sort of mp3 player would be more efficient. Thoughts?
SMARTBoard – I envy anyone who has one of these in their classroom. Not only are they useful, but they look so cool! Anything to keep my students engaged is something I want. I do sentence corrections with my students using an overhead projector (fancy!), but I would love for students to be able to use a SMARTBoard to show off their skills. So many different learning types could be accessed through the use of a SMARTBoard. Any tips on how to snag one of these for….free?
I’d love to hear some feedback on all of these different tools. Again, I have seen them in use, but have never used them in my classroom. Thank you to TeachersPayTeachers for enlightening me on some additional uses of them!