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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!

No Internet Access?

Posted by Computing for Kids on February 4, 2011

If you don’t have consistent Internet access, but want students to have the opportunity to use computers for learning, there are many software programs that can be used… no Internet access required.

Kidspiration is for students in K-5. It is graphic organizer that is designed for visual learning.  It can be used for all subjects and includes many templates for students to use.

Kidpix is an engaging, easy to use drawing program that has so much potential across the curriculum. Students can type content and illustrate it and can create slides for a slideshow (a good introduction to PowerPoint).

You can also download Tux Paint (it won’t require Internet access once downloaded). It is similar to Kidpix, without the slideshow option…and best of all it is free.  There is also Tux Math and Tux Type.

The Pixie suite of programs offers a paint program with text options, clip art, voice recording, and includes activities that are standards-based curriculum.  Students can create podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations.

Of course, there is always PowerPoint.   PowerPoint allows students to demonstrate what they know as they create a slideshow on any content area.  Adding images and animations gives students the opportunity to express their creativity as well.

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