Best of Blogs: Teaching With Technology

By Scholastic.com Editors on June 9, 2014
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Whether you have a one-to-one ratio of laptop to student, or you spend a few minutes a day hooking up your one iPad to your whiteboard, technology is in your classroom. Browse through this sampling of great ideas from real teachers with real teachers' budgets helping you use that technology to get optimum bang for your buck.

 

 

Fun, Interactive Ways to Display Student Work

Lindsey Petlak

February 12, 2014
PreK-12

Get some great ideas for displaying student work that will make you look like a high-tech genius, but don't require high-tech skills. The best part is that all the projects bring parents and students together for interactive fun.

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3 Ways to Rock Your Classroom Library!

Erin Klein

January 14, 2014
PreK-12

From reading logs, to organized lists, to leveling your library, Book Wizard Mobile turns time-consuming tasks into feats of wizardry — like magic!

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Digital Moviemaking Projects for Geography Globetrotting

Alycia Zimmerman

December 11, 2013
1-8

Want your students to get excited about learning geography? Check out three ways you can use digital moviemaking to make learning about the world hands-on and relatable. 

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Bring Common Core Alive With Tellagami

Kriscia Cabral

October 3, 2013
1-12

An important goal of the Common Core State Standards is to get students involved in discussions about their learning. The Tellagami app is a great way to engage kids in this type of sharing what they know.

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My 35 Favorite Free Apps for Teaching

Genia Connell

December 20, 2012
PreK-8

Here they are: some of the best, teacher-tested apps available. Find out what they are, how to get them, and why you will love having them in your arsenal of favorite technology tools.

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Valuable Teacher Tool: The Smartphone!

Shari Edwards

November 28, 2012
PreK-12

From camera, to scanner, to timer, chances are your smartphone offers the most useful features to get you through your busy day. Get tips for making the most out of your biggest little technology tool.

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Launching Independent Reading With Storia

Alycia Zimmerman

September 26, 2012
PreK-8

Get a quick tutorial for bringing Storia, Scholastic's eReader, into your classroom. Having introduced Storia into her classroom earlier, this third grade teacher has developed strategies to make optimum use of the eReader.

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QR Codes in the Classroom

Christy Crawford

September 11, 2012
1-8

Whether you have limited space on which to display student work, you want to make student sharing more interactive, or just want to wow parents at your next open house, QR codes is your new best friend. Learn how to distribute information with a simple, free app.

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Inspiring Students With Real-World Learning and 21st Century Skills

Megan Power

May 15, 2012
1-8

The first step is to shift your thinking from a tools-first approach to a learning-first approach. Then follow these easy steps for seamlessly integrating technology into your classroom.

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Four Tips for Keeping Your E-reader Program Organized

Jeremy Rinkel

April 30, 2012
6-12

Now that you have a classroom of students using e-readers, here's help in setting up a system to keep track of which device is where, and what needs charging when.

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Discover Socrative – The Free Student Response System

Stacey Burt

April 20, 2012
3-8

Put away your pen and paper and create compelling quizzes that allow you to assess student achievement. Here is step-by-step help in using the free student response system app, Socrative.

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Tech Tools For Teachers

Mary Blow

April 12, 2012
PreK-12

From a file sharing system that allows you to eliminate hauling your computer with you, to an organizational tool that synchronizes all your notes and memos, these tech tools have you covered in and out of the classroom.

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Free iPad Apps That Will Transform Your Teaching

Addie Albano

April 17, 2012
6-8

All in one spot, this collection of teacher tried-and-true FREE apps, such as Fotobabble and Puppet Pals, will engage students with literacy activities as well as a variety of cross-curricular projects such as Building Titanic and Science 360. Get them all!

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Unlocking Videos in the 21st Century Classroom

Brent Vasicek

March 5, 2012
1-12

Videos make for great teaching tools. Teachers know that, but accessing those videos within the classroom can sometimes prove to be an exercise in frustration. The frustration ends here! Get great tips for unlocking videos at school.

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Creating a Tech-Savvy Kindergarten Classroom

Sharon Taylor

January 20, 2012
PreK-K

Kindergarteners are too young to use sophisticated 21st century tools is so last century thinking. Get great ideas that reel young students in with your iPod, computer, interactive whiteboard, and more.

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My Top Four Tips for Computing With Kids

Alycia Zimmerman

November 9, 2011
3-8

Here are four typical and widespread problems encountered when using computers in the classroom (as in multiple machines, multiple tech problems), and, happily, four painless and effective solutions.

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Social Studies for 21st Century Middle School

Shari Edwards

March 20, 2013
6-12

Find out what happens when seventh grade students in a Kansas middle school combine social studies with social media.

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Comments

I want to get Ipads and a smart board for my classroom. I'd like to write a grant to get them. Do any of you know of any such grants I could apply for?

Thank you.

Hi Klav - here are a couple of posts, one with grant writing tips and the other on the different techniques a teacher used to bring more laptops into her classroom. They may inspire a few ideas.

Grant Writing by Meghan Everette
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/05/grant-writing-and-professional-development-get-results


One-to-One Laptop Classroom by Alycia Zimmerman

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/10/tales-one-one-laptop-classroom-newbie

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