Temple Beth Am Day School • January 2018
The collection of activities teachers provide students during Center Time or Station Rotation can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only a limited number of computers or tablets in the classroom. Whether you use centers for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or exploration, it’s great to know about online resources that are perfect for independent and cooperative activities. Learn to leverage technology to give learning centers a boost, especially when it comes to setting the course, providing content, supporting creativity, and capturing responses. Tony Vincent shares a variety of resources for K-12 teachers and students. All resources are free, so you can get to retooling your learning centers right away!
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Tips & Ideas
Take a screenshot on an iPad by quickly pressing and releasing the Home and Sleep buttons simultaneously.
Share a YouTube video with Watchkin.com. Paste any YouTube video's URL into Watchkin.com and then get a new link. These links work great in a Symbaloo, Blendspace, or QR code.
Chop up a YouTube video and turn it into an activity that's perfect for a station using EdPuzzle. You'll need to create your video assignments on a PC and students can view and respond using the EdPuzzle app (after using a Class Code to join). EdPuzzle has a great YouTube channel with helpful tutorials to get you started.
Unite for Literacy has simple picture books for students. They can read the words or click the button to have the words read to them in English (and other languages).
Looking for an app to provide content at a station? Don't waste your time searching the App Store. Instead, search through curated apps at Participate Learning.
Want to copy app icons to paste into your task cards? You can copy or save any app icon from AppShopper.com. Just search for the app and you'll be able to save its icon.
Draw and Tell HD is a free app where students construct a background and add stickers. Then they can record their voice and move stickers to create digital puppet shows and explainations.
Search Amazon for "earbuds with mic" to find cheap headphones with a microphone. These can help cut down background noise in recordings.
Lock students into a single iPad app using Guided Accesss. Read how to activate and deactivate Guided Access.
Monitor noise levels with your computer's microphone at bouncyballs.org
Padlet is a free website for collecting and sharing text, images, videos, and files. The teacher must sign into Padlet to create a wall. You can set the wall so that students do not have to log in (posts are anonymous) or require students to log in. Here are the settings I recommend when creating a new padlet wall:
- Input a title.
- Input a description.
- Choose a grid layout.
- School down to Address and change the end of the Padlet's URL if you plan to have students type in the address.
- Click Save and Close.
- Click Share.
- Turn off Remake.
- Turn on Moderation so that you can approve posts before they are visible to everyone.
- .Click Save and Close
- Your new wall is ready to go! Send students to its web address. Click ... and choose Share or Embed to get a QR code.
Tony's Teacher Task Cards for Today
Download the task cards above as PowerPoint slides, Google Slides, or as a PDF. You're welcome to take and modify them to make them work for you.