Tech with Little Prep

Recently, I saw this.  It led me to think, how I could do better incorporating technology into our classroom.  The implementation of the Common Core and 21st Century Skills challenges us to incorporate critical thinking, collaboration, and technology into our daily learning.

I wish I could say that this has come easily.  Instead, it has led me to think about how I could "tweak" or change what I already do.  Here are some ideas:

  • Turn on the video function of your camera on your mobile device.  Record your students retelling a story, sharing, or explaining their thinking to a math problem.  (Don't forget to share the content with your class.)
  • Let your students use the camera to take a picture and write about it.  
  • Use the Notes app on your mobile device to document student learning.  Simply print afterwards.
  • Use Voice Memos; located under Utilities, on your mobile device to record your students reading.  
(Sorry, my knowledge is only limited to Apple devices as that is what I have and use.)

Click here to listen.

Here is a sample of what I have done.  Each week, my students read to me a decodable passage which they have practiced for homework.  Using the app, SuperNote, I recorded them and took notes about the reading.  Afterwards, the child heard themselves read.  As we listened, we had a mini-conference about the reading.

Over time, I will have many samples of reading growth to share with families as well as my colleagues about how my students read.  I can use this data for report cards and progress monitoring.  Best of all, it did not take much more time than it usually does to hear them read to me.  

The options are limitless.  It does require some thinking our your part.  But, it is possible to add technology into our day.  What have you done to incorporate technology into your teaching?

Happy Teaching!
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  1. Thanks for the heads up on the app! What a great tool for the classroom (and beyond!).
    Thanks again :)

  2. That's really interesting. I need to get my head around that :) Thanks for the idea.
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  3. Thank you for the great idea and the app to use.

  4. Your blog is amazing. I am so fortunate to find you. I am a fellow California blogging friend. I love all your technology. It inspires what we as teachers need to instill into our students for the future. I am your newest follower!
    Kindergarten Milestones

  5. I love your blog! So glad i found you through the CA linky party! I'm your newest follower! I love your idea for Supernote. I'll definitely try that out next week!

    Lucky to Be in First

  6. Your blog is great. I am a California blogger as well. I am your newest follower.


    A Basket Full of Apples

  7. Thanks for the awesome ideas. We just received 2 iPads for our classroom and I am trying to find different ways to use them. This will be a super idea!


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