|Rotation Station Name Cards|
Now for the independence part. I'm loving the "I Can" posters I'm seeing on Pinterest. I want to incorporate that into a rotation station where the kids can choose from a variety of activities that will all have academic value but are not necessarily tied to a certain content area. The reason for that is the limited technology available and the fact that I really want them to have independence and choice.
Below is a short list of incredible websites that I'm planning to incorporate. With training, I'll add Word, Powerpoint, and some other hands-on programs that students can use to work independently. At the beginning of the year, I will add the icons to the home screen as they are taught and children have experience with the programs. Keeping choices to a minimum and then adding more as we go will help to keep teacher assistance minimal.
I think I'll keep a timer at the computer station along with a binder ring of children's names (click here to get the Rotation Station name cards with a-stinkin'-dorable DJ Inkers clipart) so that they can easily take turns and manage time independently.
I have to find a way to make one computer work while meeting all those technology standards required by the state! I hope our district can find the funds to help beef up our technology capabilities otherwise the kids will not have a fighting chance in the real world.
A Few Great Academic Websites
|Starfall: Great for early literacy skills!|
|ABC Mouse: Specifically for PK & K but great for lower level learners in 1st Grade.|
|Fuel the Brain: Lots of wonderful activities all across the curriculum.|
|Storyline Online: Actors reading aloud for children. Wonderful!|
|Magic Tree House: 20 years worth of great literature for kids come alive here.|
|KerPoof: Incredible site for digital storytelling!!|
|America's Story: Wonderful activities take children back in time to learn about famous American Figures.|