Tech Tools For Early Learners
J2 Training - Joan Gore & Janet Corder
Let's try it out!
- On your device, open quizizz.com.
- Click Join a Game.
- Enter the Game Code the teacher provides and click Go.
- Type in your name and click Join Game.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
The Latest from Quizizz!
- Read Aloud on browsers: Earlier we had read aloud only on the apps. Now it also works on browsers (on desktop/laptops as well as mobile device browsers). This can be found in the Settings menu on the https://quizizz.com/join page. You can access it by clicking the cog icon while playing a game, or just go to the student settings page: https://quizizz.com/join/settings.
- Flashcard mode: This is a new mode that has been added for students. You can find it on the "Activity" page for students. Just go to https://quizizz.com/join (while being logged in) and click on the "Activity" link at the top of the page. (This page shows all the past activity of a student.) Click any quiz that you've completed, and you'll see 2 buttons "Play" and "Review" (Review is the flashcard mode). Just click it to see the new mode. They are planning to change that button to say "Flashcards" (or something similar).
Are you ready to have some fun?
- On your device or laptop, open kahoot.it.
- Enter the Pin number projected on the screen and click Enter.
- Type in your name and click Join Game.
- Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Kahoot! recently announced the upcoming release of a new mobile app (IOS and Android) that allows the students to view the questions and answer choices on their device.
The first item to note in the mobile app is that your students will now see the questions and answer choices on the same screen. This provides the ability to give your students a “play at home” option. This new option is called Challenge
ABC Book with Shadow PuppetEDU App
To create an ABC Book:
- Each student is assigned a letter of the alphabet to illustrate. They must write the letter and draw a picture of something that begins with that letter.
- After students have completed their illustration, the teacher takes a picture of each drawing.
- The teacher then has each student record the name of their letter and what begins with that letter. Example: "A is for alligator".
- You will want to create a beginning an ending slide for your book, such as a class picture or a sign that says Mrs. Smith's Class Alphabet Book.
- When the book has been recorded, you have several sharing options to choose from within the ShadowPuppetEDU app.
Click on the "ideas" icon within the Shadow PuppetEDU app for integration ideas. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Sequencing - Tell about a process or event by using transition words (e.g., schedule for the day, timeline of historical events, etc).
- Summarizing - Take a picture of the book cover. Students record a summary of the book.
- Reading fluency - Students record themselves reading the text.
- Creative storytelling - Students work together to develop a story, take photos, and record a narrative.
- Self-published authors - Students write, illustrate, and record original stories, poems, or ABC books.
- Readers theater - Student draw pictures to match their assigned part of the story. Order the pictures and have students record their lines.
- About Me presentations - Makes for a fun beginning of the year activity.
- Show and tell - Students share interesting things related to the curriculum being studied.
- How-to tutorials - Create step by step directions for how to achieve a desired outcome (e.g., how to make cookies).
- Community & culture - Create slideshows of community workers or leaders, holidays around the world, or cultures and customs.
- Math word problems - Students create word problems such as, "In this photo there are 3 red blocks and 2 green blocks. The total number of blocks is 5 because 3 plus 2 equals 5."
Click on the Join Session button.
Type in the Pin Number the teacher gives you.
Wait for the teacher to begin.
Nearpod also has an App for most devices!
Let's Play Bingo!
Click the Free space.
Click the answers to the problems as they are called out.
Shout Bingo if you win!
Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.
Spelling City & Science4Us
Science4Us is an interactive standards-based science curriculum that provides foundational skills for K-2nd grade students.
- Easy method for curating digital content
- Webmixes (curated sites) are saved in the cloud, so they are accessible anywhere
- Visually engaging for students and educators
Symbalooedu Tutorial Webmix
National Geographic Webmix
Ebook - Read to Me
B&N Online Storytime
E-Book Set 2
Apps for Autism
Reading & Technology
Virtual Field Trips
Beginning the Writing Process with Young Students
- Literature response templates for Jan Brett books
- Sample Prompts for Literature Response in Primary Classrooms
Writing Study Group of the NCTE Executive Committee. 2004. NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. October 2009. Web. http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/writingbeliefs
Download free Geoboard task cards:
Starfall - learn to read with phonics and learn mathematics
Funbrain - games, videos and books for children
PBS Kids - sing-a-long songs, sorting and counting games, watch videos and more
Sesame Street - choose from hundreds of the show's video clips and play games that help them learn letters, animal sounds, rhymes, colors and more
National Geographic Kids - animal cams, science experiments and more
The Kidz Page - more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities
Scholastic - learning activities for preK - 12
Exploratorium - teaches science and art in new ways
iPads for Early Learners
Khan Academy Kids
Novel Effect is now available on Google Play and Android!
More Favorite Apps
- Pic Collage for Kids (free)
- Peep and the Big Wide World (free)
- Math Duel ($2.99) (Google Play - $4.99)
- Collins Big Cat Book Apps (free)
- Drawing Desk (free)
- Charades! Guess Words with Kids (free) (Google Play Store)
- Chatterpix Kids (free)
- Alien Assignment (free)
- Sock Puppets (free)
- Sock Puppets Complete ($3.99)
- Squiggle Fish ($2.99)
- Endless Alphabet ($6.99)
- Endless Numbers (free)
- Endless Reader (free)
Grandma Loves Bugs ($2.99)
- The LEGO® Movie 2™ Movie Maker (free)
- My Story Book Maker (free)
My Story School eBook Maker ($4.99)
- Who Lives in the Forest? ($1.99)
- Teach Me: Kindergarten ($1.99)
- Teach Me: 1st Grade ($1.99)
- Teach Me: 2nd Grade ($1.99)
- Apps Gone Free (free)
- Apps by Duck Duck Goose
Let's take a look at a few of our favorites:
AR Flashcards (free) - Animal/Alphabet Flashcards
1. Download and print in color the Alphabet Flashcard from arflashcards.com
3. Open the AR flashcards App and press Get Started.
4. Hover you device over a flashcard. Make sure your sound is turned on. Touch the image when it appears and and you will hear the name of the animal and the letter it begins with.
Ideas for using AR Flashcards from Karen's Technology Locker:
-shuffle the flashcard and have students alphabetize them
-shuffle the cards, lay a limited number out, have students build beginning or ending sounds
-shuffle the cards, lay them out and have students spell their name (you may need two decks of cards)
-print two sets of cards and play memory
-identify the number of syllables in each animal word that is on the flashcard
Color Alive by Crayola (free, in-app purchases & book purchase) - These coloring pages will entertain and enchant youngsters as well as the oldsters! You'll love the selfie feature! You can purchase pages within the app or buy the coloring books from Toys R Us, Walgreens, Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics or Amazon. The coloring books (Enchanted Forest, Barbie, Mythical Creatures, Skylanders and Minions) come with 7 crayons including a special color. When the special color is used on the page and then scanned with the app, effects like ice blasts, fire and pixy dust appear. *Google Play Store
2. Download the Quiver Vision App from their website.
3. Have students color a picture related to your curriculum inside the Dot. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
4. Open the Quiver Vision app and watch your picture come to life! Touch the purple circle to see more image.
- Download and print any of the coloring pages from the quivervision.com. Some of the sets of pages require you to make an in-app purchase.
- Download the Quiver App from the Apple or Google Play store.
- Have students color one of the pages. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
- Have the students write a creative story based on their pictures.
- Open the Quiver app and watch your picture come to life!
- Tennis shoe - "When my tennis shoes came to life..."
- Hot air balloon - "My hot air balloon took me to..."
QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom?
The easiest QR Code Reader is I-Nigma and is available for most devices. Newer versions of iOS do not require a QR Code Reader. Just point the camera app at the code and it reads it!
Pinterest has thousands of QR Code Activities!
Practicing Teens (Math)
ABC's Matching - Cut the codes in half and students match the letter to the picture. If the code does not scan, they do not have the correct match.