My Professional Learning Network

I know we have all heard, “It takes a whole village to raise a child”!  As an educator, I like to think of it as, ‘It takes entire learning community to educate our children’!  We need each other.  And everyday through self-assessment and reflection, we are driven to be a better person, educator and community member.  And much of the knowledge and information we need to cultivate is right at the tip of our fingers through the use of technology.  In this site, you will find helpful information regarding technology and links to technological insights that you can use in everyday teaching, parenting, community building and outreach.

Here are some great ways to integrate technology in your classroom:

  1. Computers-great websites for kindergarten
    1. abcmouse.com
    2. ABCya!
    3. funschool.kaboose.com
    4. IXL
    5. starfall.com
    6. TumbleBooks
  2. Ipod Touch
    1. Free apps for the iPod Touch include abc PocketPhonics, BrainPOP, iTouchiLearn Numbers, Kids Math Fun-Kindergarten, Read Me Stories, Sight Words Flash Cards, and Shape Puzzle.
  3. Interactive Whiteboard
    1. SMARTBoard, ActivBoard, eBeam, Mimio, and Webster are some examples of interactive whiteboards
    2. For interactive whiteboard activities you and your students will love, check out SMART ExchangeTeachers Love SMART Boards, and Internet4classrooms.
  4. Leapfrog Learning
  5. Cloud-based learning
    1. Wixie is a cloud-based tool students can use to paint pictures, write stories, and record their voice to explore the curriculum and demonstrate mastery. Wixie includes tools teachers can use to find, create, or assign new activities and assessments and then evaluate student work and view student progress toward standards mastery.
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew_BxJQKzR4&index=1&list=PL4RnYEciDS7S-HnCY4ckJ-I6nfyRT7A6E

What are other teachers doing in their classrooms?  check out other teacher blog posts

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/sharon-taylor/creating-tech-savvy-kindergarten-classroom/  Great and simple ways to get your classroom tech savvy!

http://web.learnbop.com/blog/11-ways-to-incorporate-blended-learning-into-kindergarten Eleven useful tips to integrate technology into your kindergarten classroom!

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/kindergarten-technology/  Kindergartners use computers to kick start their learning!

There are many types of technology available that appeal to various learning styles. Try to find the ones that will benefit both you and your students. Take a look at sites, https://www.donorschoose.org/ , that offer teachers opportunities to acquire more technology for their classrooms.

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