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Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Elementary Education (2-6)

Ask your mentor teacher or media specialist what types of technology are available in the school and how you go about accessing them.  For example, can you check out digital cameras or a projector from the media specialist?  Second, read your school’s Acceptable Use Policy and find out if all the students in your class have permission to go online.

Teachers Using Technology in Classrooms

  1. Create a graphic organizer for a concept in Word or Inspiration.  Ask your mentor teacher or the media specialist if Inspiration is available in your school.
  2. Use a WebQuest that has been developed already to teach a topic.
  3. If you are lucky enough to be in a classroom with a digital whiteboard, ask your mentor teacher how to use it!
  4. Create a PowerPoint presentation to teach a topic.
  5. Use the Internet to look up interesting facts about the subject you are teaching.

Students Using Technology in Classrooms

1.      Have students take digital pictures of
         a. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, rhyming words
         b. Angles, patterns
         c. Different kinds of employees, such as classroom teacher, Principal, Art teacher…
         d. Daily activities, starting with the beginning of the day and going through the end of the day
         e. Types of clouds, types of trees, or types of flowers

Print out the photos.  Have students write about them and make a book or poster, or make a presentation using PowerPoint.

2.      Have students make a PowerPoint presentation.

While studying a topic, like animals, assign or have students pick an animal.  Have students research their animal and make a presentation on that animal.  Students can do this individually or in groups.

3.      Use the Internet to look up facts on whatever students are studying at the time.  Make sure you have sites for them to visit.  They can use the Internet for the exercise above also.

4.      Look up current events like weather on the Internet.  You also can do virtual tours of museums and different countries or places.

5.   Using Kidspiration, you can have students go and do activities with anything you are studying at the time.  There are templates, or you can develop your own. 

6.      Have students create a digital video such as:
         a. Newscast
         b. Documentary
         c. Interview
         d. Public service announcement
         e. Play
         f.  Performing a skill (kicking, throwing, playing an instrument)

7.      Have students create a classroom newsletter. 
Assign different groups a topic:
         a. PE
         b. Art
         c. Music
         d. Library
         e. Computers
         f. Reading
         g. Outside activities
         h. The lunchroom
         (you could go on and on)
Then have the groups write articles about these topics.  Have them interview teachers and students.  Next, they could create a newsletter on the computer.          

8.      Have your students correspond with another classroom on the computer through email or the Internet.  The other classroom can be in the same school or the same state, or in a different state or different country.  This also is a great time to talk about who you should and shouldn’t talk to online.  Teach the students what they should say and shouldn’t say.  Let them know that there are people out there who are dangerous.

9.      Have students do a scavenger hunt online.   Pick a topic that you are studying.  Go through and design a scavenger hunt where the students have to go on line to different websites and do things.

10.  Read a chapter book to the students.  Then have the students create a slideshow or movie by drawing pictures of what happened in the book.  They can use a computer to draw, or draw on paper and scan it into the computer.