Being a former first grade teacher, I know the difficulties of integrating technology into the primary classroom. In the past I allowed my students who completed their assignments the option of playing Jump Start on one of the three desktop computers in my classroom (I called this my “Technology Center”). As much as I thought I was incorporating technology effectively, I was actually using technology as part of my classroom management. Now that I am more proficient with different devices and available programs, I see the vast array of opportunities to integrate technology into Math and Language Arts Core Instruction. Let me show you some options that you might consider as well!
I love this resource because of its simplicity and engagement. Students are sure to find the games appealing, and you will find them purposeful. In addition, all of the games are tied to Common Core State Standards in ELA and Math. Teachers just need to select Teacher Guides and drill down to a specific grade level then subject. There you will find all of this site’s resources already aligned to specific CCSS indicators.
Here is a common core standard with a game, interactive, and printable already aligned! The hard part of alignment has been done for you! Try it!
This website was created by Greg Nussbaum, a teacher at White Oaks Elementary School in Virginia. He conceptualized academic content in a digital format that was both rigorous and engaging for students. He wanted all students to enhance their learning by using the internet in an interactive way – truly this resource accomplishes that feat. Drill down by grade level, subject area, and off your students will go to a highly engaging activity!
This fun resource is dedicated to early childhood education. There are resources for everyone. To start with, students have access to hundreds of interactive games to help them learn. The games are created in multiple formats so differentiation based on need is streamlined. In addition, teachers have access to over 1,000 activities and over 200 lesson plans to stimulate student achievement. Why reinvent the wheel? Using this resource will be highly engaging for students and ultimately save you time from looking for 20 different lessons you need for various subjects – they are all right here! Try it!
Don’t let the “Premium Feature” lull you into thinking that you will have to pay for these resources. ALL teachers can set up free accounts for their classes. The only drawback of the free accounts – there are ads (something you can live with!). However if you choose to go with the Premium Version here is what you will be getting:
Ok I know this post will be hard to connect to for some viewers either due to teaching assignment or interest. However, we ALL have been touched by those students who have extremely low skills and need foundational supports. So here’s the challenge – Pick an underperforming student or students, maybe they have IEPs or maybe they don’t, and have them use one of these resources in a targeted area needed for growth. Would your student(s) respond to this resource in a positive way AND would their targeted areas of growth improve? How could you measure that growth so this resource didn’t become part of your classroom management plan or “Technology Center”?
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