If you are fortunate enough to have technology in the classroom, you should be using these 10 resources. These are the easiest apps and sites that I have found for students to use, and the most meaningful for me in terms of content and data.
Resources for going paperless:
1. Google Classroom is an absolute must! Upload any pdf to Google Classroom and your students can annotate over it! AAAMMMAAAZZZING!!! They can type, highlight, and write on any pdf.
2. Class Kick is another way teachers can assign pdfs and have students annotate over them. If you don’t have access to Google Classroom, try this app! It makes using technology in the classroom easy! Classkick is a free app that shows teachers in real-time exactly what students are doing and who needs help so they can provide instant feedback. Using any content, teachers add drawings, text, images, audio, links, and videos to provide instruction or create assessments.
3. SeeSaw App is yet a third way to assign content to students. You can assign files, videos, drawings, and anything from Google Drive now! This app makes technology in elementary classrooms so easy for students. They can upload their work, and you must approve the assignment. Send parents a link to their students portfolio so that they can see their child’s work. They won’t be able to see any other student’s work, YAY for student privacy!!!
4. Digital ReadWorks is a great way to assign articles. They have an amazing, in depth library of fiction and nonfiction texts organized by skill, topic, and/or grade level. They are easy to assign, students will need to have a login, but the texts are well worth it.
5. Newsela also has tons of articles along with comprehension questions. They publish new articles daily to reflect current events and highlight holidays and cultures.
6. Front Row is great for math practice! You can assign lessons, or allow students to do the adaptive practice on your current math domain. All students need to get started is your class code and logging in is easy. You can check their “report card” to see how they have done. I usually require 20 problems (2 levels) during a math block. The video tutorials are so helpful when students are struggling with a topic.
7. Remind app makes communicating with parents super easy! Print out instructions for parents and then send them texts anytime you need to. You can also schedule texts so that they go out at just the right time.
8. Digital Task Cards are fun and easy! No more printing, cutting, laminating, and storing (and finding) task cards! Students get immediate feedback with these digital task cards and enjoy the competitive format. Check out how digital task cards work on Boom Learning! Boom Learning will give teachers who are new to Boom Cards, for one year, and at no charge, the ability to collect and maintain student progress reports for up to 80 students. This is a super cool feature because students get immediate feedback and you have digital access to data that you can analyze!
9. Digital Interactive Notebooks takes the frustration of copying, cutting, and pasting out of interactive notebooks. As long as students have devices, they can access their notebooks. Students love these notebooks, and you will love how much you can use and re-use them.
10. This Paperless Back to School Flipbook is easy to set up and parents will find it much more useful than your old handbook that gets lost in the hustle of back to school paperwork. You can send the link home as often as needed.
Are you going to be incorporating technology into your classroom next year? If so, have no fear! You’ve got this! If I can do it, you can too! And you can save soooooo much paper by using these tools!