So it's been 12 days since I last posted...where have I been? Oh you know the usual: creating engaging lesson plans, having my end of the year evaluation meeting, drinking tons of Sprite, wondering why my students aren't engaged that much (4th quarter senioritis?), getting upset by this, filling out "thank you's" that should have been sent out two months ago for baby gifts, grading, watching my daughter laugh for the first time (love!), feeling dehydrated (¿el Sprite?), drinking more Sprite, responding to a family emergency, trying to have a social life, having a wonderful chat with @K_Griffith, binge watching Jane the Virgin, and trying to get caught up with today's technological advances...
Let's talk technology
When this new push for technology integration in the classroom rolled along, I wasn't necessarily under my desk hiding. I would never hide under my desk (OK, once, when I took a nap during planning, and that was like a year ago, and it was incredibly uncomfortable). In fact, I was pretty excited. I mean, technology is the wave of the future! But, I have to be honest, what I was "hiding" from, was how exactly to incorporate it effectively into the classroom. I needed to research and learn about programs and software apps that are out there that would be beneficial and educational for my students to use. Because, as you know, lessons need to be structured, or else chaos ensues...
While Googling and visiting awesome blogs (see "Great Resources" column on the right), I have come up with a list of technology applications that I certainly want to try out! As I do so, I will post about the efficacy of them according to my experiences in the classroom. If you try some out, please comment on how well (or not so well) it went for you in your classes. I really want to incorporate tons more technology in the classroom next year, but I need to make sure it's purposeful—interactive online notebooks?! Oh yeah, that's going to happen!
The List (Free Activity builders)
Have you tried any of these out? Have a favorite app that's not listed? I would love to know what technology tools you use in your classroom! Let me know by leaving a comment below and/or tweet me!