Saturday, October 20, 2012


W.K.6.  With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

eBook or Traditional Book ?– Select a traditional children’s book and then download a copy of it on your eReader.  Read both versions to the class.  Let them compare and contrast the different styles.  Which one do they prefer?  Why?

IPads for All – Place an iPad on the copy machine and make a color copy of the keyboard.  Glue this to the inside of a pocket folder.  Write letters or words on index cards and place them in the pocket.  As children select cards and “type” letters and words they will become familiar with the keyboard.
Individual Laptops – This idea is similar to the above activity.  Glue a copy of a keyboard to the bottom of a file folder.  Tape a clear sheet protector on top.  Insert high frequency or vocabulary words so children can practice typing.
Dragon – Download the free “dragon” app and demonstrate it to your class.  Talk slowly and clearly, tap, and the text will appear.

Storyboards, Document Cameras, Interactive White Boards -  What techie tools do you have?  How can you take advantage of technology to motivate children to read and write?

Teaching in the Digital Age – Brian Puerling’s book is a great resource for technology activities.