5 Fun Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom
Everyone’s talking about integrating more technology in the classroom.
But finding time to sift through tons of new tech tools and decide which to use can be difficult. So why not simply make the most of two powerful tools you’re already using?
Interactive whiteboards are an easy-to-use tech tool that gets the whole class out of their seats and engaged in learning. Pair your whiteboard with another great tool--Imagine Language & Literacy--to create simple, effective, technology-integrated lesson plans.
Here are five ways to do it:
- Add some tech to story time: Hold an engaging story time by using your interactive whiteboard to read an Imagine Learning English book on the big screen. You can read the book out loud to the class and invite students to come up and turn the pages for you. Or, give students an opportunity to practice their reading by inviting them to take turns reading the pages out loud and then coming up to the board to turn the pages. You can even take requests and read a student's favorite book as a reward. Stories are available in both Level 1 and Level 2 of Imagine Learning English. In Level 1, choose "Listen to a Story." In Level 2, choose reading fluency and comprehension, then choose the "Listen and Read" activity.
- Teach letter recognition while freeing aliens and building monsters: Get the whole class practicing letter recognition by playing “Free the Aliens” on your interactive whiteboard. Have students come to the board one at a time or in small groups. Then see how many aliens they can free before the time runs out. You can even make it a competition--just keep track of how many aliens each team frees. If you'd prefer to get the whole class involved at the same time, play “Build a Monster” on the whiteboard. Have your students race to see who can raise their hand and identify the letter first. The student who gets it right gets to choose the monster or robot piece. By the time each student has had a turn, you'll have built some pretty scary monsters. Both activities are available in Level 1 under letter recognition.
- Have a word-building workshop: Everyone can practice building words with affixes--just play “Affix Action” on your interactive whiteboard and have students take turns creating words and choosing karate moves for Ninja Nick to do. If you want to get students moving, have them watch the karate moves once, then do them along with Nick when you play the moves again. "Affix Action" is available in Level 2 under word recognition.
- Sing chants as a class: Play a chant on the interactive whiteboard to get the whole class moving and grooving to a song that teaches difficult concepts like plurals, pronouns, or homonyms. Have the students sing along with the chant a few times. Then, have them record their own version of the chant. You can even have students create their own dance moves to go along with the music. Chants are available in Level 2.
- Host your own game show with “Name that Word”: Your kids will love being contestants on “Name that Word.” Divide the class into two teams, and have students from each team take turns coming to the board to answer Freddie Flash's questions. Be sure to keep score for each team. Play until every student has had a chance to participate, then tally the final score and announce the winning team. Just go to Level 2, choose vocabulary, then click "Name that Word" to start the game.