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Technology Integration Ideas for the Elementary School Teacher

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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Scrapblog

Posted by Computing for Kids on September 13, 2010

What is it? Scrapblog is an amazing tool for students to create personalized scrapbook type pages.  Scrapblog is a web based multimedia scrapbook.  You don’t have to register to start creating and there is no software to download.  You can start your scrapblog with one of their design themes or just use a blank page.  You can upload your own photos or use images from popular photo websites. The interface makes it very easy to move and resize objects.  You can add objects, backgrounds and borders and change effects, such as opacity and reflection.  You can even add video.  It also has a tool to crop your photos into different shapes.  When you are done, you have the option to purchase prints, share your scrapblog on their website (for free) or with social networks and photo sites.

Why use it?: Scrapblog is a fun way for students to demonstrate what they have learned.  For language arts, students can illustrate a personal narrative.  In social studies, students can make a Scrapblog of a period in history.  For science, students can show a scientific process in action.  In math, students can visually explain a word problem.  Click HERE to see more ideas for using Scrapblog in the classroom.

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