Happy Digital Learning Day

If there’s one thing that I love, it’s getting all techy and nerdy. Seriously. I obsess over all things fun, interactive, digital and new. I am…

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If there’s one thing that I love, it’s getting all techy and nerdy. Seriously. I obsess over all things fun, interactive, digital and new. I am always on the hunt for new ways to engage my students in learning. I want to share some easy tips that you can use to get your kids using digital learning tools as well so that we can make the day fun and exciting for everyone!
An easy way to add digital elements to your teaching is by using games or apps that will give you instant formative assessment data quickly while also putting technology into the hands of your students.
Some sites/apps that I love using with my 5th graders are…
Kahoot-This website is great! You can use it on computers, tablets, or phones. You can search for public games or you can create your own custom games. We’ve used these to review PBIS expectations, prepare for a math test, review classroom rules and procedures, and even change up our exit ticket responses at the end of math. The students love playing Kahoot. I’ll definitely be using it to help us prepare for the OAKS science test this spring.
Quizziz-This site is similar to Kahoot but it’s less teacher-directed. That has its benefits and disadvantages. It’s great to use for homework or independent work time. 
Plickers-Do you have a hard time using technology because you don’t have a lot of it to work with? This site is right for you. Students are given cards with custom codes on them. You just need one device (it can be your cell phone) and you can get instant feedback on students responses. They think it’s super fun!
EdPuzzle-I love this site because you can search tons and tons of videos and embed quizzes into them! This is a fun way to change up your instruction so that you can still assess student learning but it feels a lot more fun for the students.
 I love doing this! I use a few resources regularly for this. I’ll have my students watch a video from Scholastic Study Jams before I teach a concept. This gives them background knowledge and boosts participation in the content. I have them all watch it during a designated period of the day.
I also use videos to preteach math content. This is helpful because the students are ready to start practicing right away during our math block. Less time is spent learning the procedure and more time is spent with teacher guidance while practicing the procedure. I find many of these videos on YouTube or Khan Academy. 

Love partner work but hate the noisy, off task chaos?! This is for you! I love using digital partnering. This gets students typing and working instead of hanging out and wasting time. 
Right now, I have my gifted students working on a project with other gifted students across the country! They have digital meetings and are collaborating on a shared document! It’s super fun and gets the students really excited! 

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4 comments

  1. Can I be in your class, Myranda? Please? I love all your suggestions–especially the one about digital partnering. How do you make the necessary connections? Bookmarking this post. 🙂

    1. Thank you!! I have made connections with other teachers in my grade level and we've set up projects together by chatting through the logistics on Google Hangouts! I think that an easy way to create these connections is via grade level Facebook groups , searching the "iteach5th," "iteachela" or similar hashtags on Instagram, or teaching conferences that you attend!

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