I am a huge fan of using technology in my classroom! I've decided to join the "Technology Tuesday" bunch and share with you some of my favorite tech tips!
I found one of the best resources this year through pinterest of course! If you have not checked out ScootPad, click on the link and head on over right now! ScootPad is an online learning platform for students to practice common core standards in Math & Reading. The best thing about ScootPad is its FREE!!!
First you create your class/group. Each child will have a username and password. I kept it simple and just used their names. Once logged in students can write on their classroom wall, "friend" their classmates, change their mood, and earn points for rewards by completing math and reading practices aligned with Common Core Standards. You can go in and edit which standards you want for each unit, select the % rate they have to meet before moving on to the next level and monitor their progress for FREE! It really is amazing!
You students can work to earn "coins". You can set up prizes to give once they reach a certain number. For example, for every 100 coins they earn they get free time with our iPad, for every 500 points they earn, they get a free homework pass and so on. They can even earn coins and earn things from Amazon.com. Parents can also register to keep track of their child's progress. I recently had a child earn 3000 coins and they got to pick a prize from the Amazon website (parents pay for it, read the guidelines carefully). It has been a wonderful incentive in my room.
There is also a homework feature where students can complete their homework online. I don't use this for the simple fact a lot of my kids don't have access to the internet at home but I've heard wonderful things about it.
Each time we log on as a class, I have question posted on our "class wall" and they have to answer it before they move on. If they are working hard, I'll give them free time to "post on the wall". It's like their own version of facebook! They LOVE it!
Here is what "my dashboard" looks like.
Not only is ScootPad a FREE website, there is also a FREE app for iPad and Andriod tablets! My kids get on ScootPad all the time at home! Its so great to see them working so hard! Here is a link to their advertising poster online. Click here to download the PDF for more info.
Does anyone else use ScootPad? What are some of your favorite technology sites?
Oh I've been having some issues sizing my pictures. When I click on my first picture to size it, it always lets me. After that, the sizing box doesn't appear. Is there a way to fix this? It drives me crazy that my pictures are small and not the same size. Help please if anyone can!!