1. Do you have students who cannot type quickly? Wouldn't it be great if we could just let them type by talking? After all, they are good at talking! Well now you can! If you hop on over to the ITRT website and click on Jennifer Harrison's EDTech Digest from last Monday, she has a video on just how to do this. Watch her video and then print out this cheat sheet for a quick reminder. To get your copy of the cheat sheet, just click on the image.
2. Kids seem to know quite a bit about devices these days until something goes wrong. Then all of a sudden, they can't fix a problem. One problem they seem to have a HUGE issue with is rotating screens. Just when you thought you new how to fix your Windows machines when the screen was rotated, we move to Chromebooks and the process again is baffling. No problem, here is the solution for what to do if a student rotates a screen on their device. Push Ctrl + Shift + Refresh.
3. The best STEAM lessons require students to problem solve and breakouts are all about problem solving! For the next few weeks I will be sharing a different digital breakout you and your students can work on together. This week's is called 5 Little Pumpkins. Can you break out? Don't forget that your ITRT can come in and do a physical breakout with you at any time as well!
4. Another STEAM idea involves bringing in some playing cards and using them in all sorts of math games. When the games are over, let your kiddos see if they can build a structure out of the cards. I am amazed at how many children these days have never done this!
5. Friday at the Movies - What a great story starter this would be!!
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler