Technology fun I’ve had the first days of school…

Just got through our first full week of school – seems to be moving right along. Kind of feels like we never left!

I learn about so many fun technology tools (websites, apps, gadgets, etc.) that I get overwhelmed. I learn about a new tool and I want to use it right away, but I can’t always think of exactly how to do that. I am really going to try to incorporate more of these new, fun tools into my lessons this year, instead of sticking to what I am comfortable with. With that said, the technology tools that I’ve used so far this year ARE things I am comfortable with, but I am sharing them with you in case they are things YOU are not comfortable with – we will grow together 🙂

I think I have used all of these tools with my 5th grade Media Technology class. We have taken a survey using SurveyMonkey. I asked them questions such as “do you have a cell phone,” “what are some of your favorite apps,” etc. I have used SurveyMonkey for book award voting in the Spring. You could totally use it to create teacher and parent surveys. You can create tests with it. Great tool – you can use it free (not many people can answer your survey if you are using it for free) or you can pay to have more access. I pay a monthly fee.

5th graders also created a PRESS PASS using the badge maker in Big Huge Labs. We printed out their press passes to wear when they are doing interviews and such around the school. I LOVE this site. I am also letting them explore the rest of the site after they visit the digital camera “station.” This class will be filming and editing our news show so they are learning how to use various technology (video camera, digital camera, FLIP camera, etc.) to do that. After they learn how to use the digital camera, they can upload their photos and explore Big Huge Labs. I do have an Educator’s account for Big Huge Labs that we are using.

During the very first class session, students introduced themselves to the class. They had to find a partner and answer certain questions (name, any siblings, favorite sport, favorite thing you did this summer). We (I am teaching this class with our Technology Integration Specialist) took their answers and created a class Wordle. After showing them the class Wordle, we had them create their OWN “about me” Wordle. We saved these and will print them out to display in the Computer Lab.

Other things I’ve done this week that incorporate technology in a very simple way:

*Showed Wild About Books on the SMARTBoard via the iPad to my kindergarten classes

*Created an orientation video for the library to show the basic “nuts and bolts.”

*2nd – 5th were showed a quick “here’s how” for the Library Catalog (DestinyQuest) and they are off and using it like little library pros.

Till next time,



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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1 Response to Technology fun I’ve had the first days of school…

  1. I’d love to see your new orientation video and how-to library catalog video. I can’t wait for my new iPad to arrive and show e-books via the SMARTBoard. I bet the kids loved it! You amaze me with all that you do. I’m praying for your mom. My mom had a bout with cancer two years ago but has overcome it all. Stay strong 🙂

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