Gadgets and Goals: Fluency, Accuracy and Confidence in Reading

Download Outline as of 10/20/2013, subject to change CUEFall2013Zykanov

Use digital voice recorders to build reading fluency and accuracy.  This fun and practical project raises student confidence and independence. Student work samples and reflections will be shared.

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Use of digital photography and video in elementary classrooms is a habit every teacher should develop.  When teaching kindergarten I took photos of students doing math and science activities.  I used the camera on my iPhone which I kept handy through the day.  I posted the photos (after ensuring I had full parent permission) on our class website.  I would show these photos to the students and we would have a second  chance to think and talk about the activities in the photos.  This practice built language and academic vocabulary in my students by allowing them to revisit and review with engaging visuals. (more…)

Document Camera

Document Camera

Document Camera

Document Cameras are becoming more common in schools.  The document camera adds usefulness to a digital projector and classroom computer. The document camera, quite simply, is a camera that captures and displays whatever is placed underneath it onto the class projection screen. It quickly makes the overhead projector a thing of the past.  In my classroom I use this device in nearly every lesson. In fact, if it were to fail, I would have to quickly rethink how I present material to my class.  It is very useful. Continue reading