Saturday, July 19, 2014

Using Technology in Literacy and Math

Hello All! What do you think of my new blog design?!
I LOVE it!
The fabulous Lindsey was fabulous to work with on this design!
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I'm linking up (late) with iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core for their weekly technology linky party.
Technically you are supposed to link up on Tuesdays…but it doesn't matter…Who doesn't like a tech idea for the classroom at ANY time?!

The first week was about technology in reading and the second week was technology in math…
I have two little things to share…
I'm currently in grad school working on getting my Reading Specialist's degree (which is one reason I can't find time to blog-and the site is down for my discussion responses-so here I am).
One assignment was incorporating technology into literacy.
I don't know about you…but I love using for ideas.
One of my classmates found this on that site and I CAN'T WAIT TO USE IT!!!!

This is a Trading Card Creator… After you type in your name you are given this screen to decide what you are creating a trading card about -
IMAGINE the POSSIBILITIES! Not only can you use this in reading, you can use this for Social Studies (I'm thinking famous people, land marks, landforms, etc.) and Science (planets, vocab, animals, habitats, etc.), and Math (vocab, shapes, etc.).
I went ahead and chose Fictional Person to show how I would use it in reading. 
Every year we read How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. I chose the main character, Billy to demonstrate.
You can even insert a photo! 

Here's my card. Students are able to create up to 8 cards at once. Then when they are all finished, they have the choice to PRINT, SAVE, or SHARE.
I just LOVE this find!
So exciting, right?!

Next up is Math… We are fortunate enough to have a cart of 27, and two carts of 12-15 iPads for our building. I usually have a decent chance of being able to grab them at a moment's notice. Other than that, we have a schedule-I'm signed up for 3 days a week.
I like to use the iPads during guided math time. I find free apps on the subject matter we are learning.
Our district has an annoying and long process to get apps approved…Well my secret…which might get me into trouble right now… is that I download the free app onto all the iPads we will be using, knowing that when they update the iPads "weekly" what I put on there will be erased.
Ya know what? I'm fine with that! We don't stay on a math topic long anyway (that's another story).

SO-here are a few of my favorite free apps for math-
Telling Time (OH! I JUST looked the one up I used and now it's $.99! UGH-there are plenty of others)
I just search "free -whatever topic we are studying"
Here's the one the kids loved that I used when it was free...
Here's another one that's free for telling time.
Of course, I'm sure all of you are aware of Greg Tang's site. It's FABULOUS and FREE!
He allows free access to his games, books, and other activities! If you click on the screen shot below, it'll take you to his site.
I've used QR codes a few times, but haven't fully implemented them in my rotations yet. 

Go link up your techy ideas! I'm always game for new ideas!
ahhhhhh, felt good to blog! 


  1. Hi Carrie,
    Ohmyword- your new blog design is SO cute- love it! I personally love but have never seen this trading cards idea. I bet students would love creating those cards and what an exciting form to use for reading response activities. I mainly use only free apps too-- looks like you have found some great ones for math. Thanks so much for linking up!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

  2. I love your blog design!!! Thanks for sharing about the trading card creator! How cool!

  3. Carrie,

    I love this. I used it last year and had a blast. You can do some funny things with it. I suggest having the student make trading cards of teachers around the building.


  4. I LOVE your trading card ideas! I especially love the idea of using it for math/science vocabulary. I need to go check out those math apps and the Greg Tang site. Thanks so much for linking up. I love your new design, by the way!:)
    iTeach 1:1

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