Technology in the Classroom at BMS

Great ideas from your ITRT - Heidi Overfelt

SOLs start after Spring Break. Turn off electronic devices? NO!

Not all electronic devices hook up to the internet!

Let's find out what you can use to review for SOLs in your classroom....

SmartBoard Games for whole classroom review:

Jeopardy has been used for quite awhile now. Venture onto Smart Exchange to find some new games for your SmartBoard. I did a quick search and found templates for Risk, Hollywood Squares, Squish Ball, CandyLand, Baseball and more. Put in your own questions (or use released SOL questions) and you are ready to play!

To go to Smart Exchange:

CPS Clickers

I can help you enter the SOL released tests into ExamView or you can bring them up on the VDOE website. Then your class can use CPS clickers to answer the questions. This way you can use actual SOL questions and immediately target your review for what your students don't know. I will be glad to help you set this up. Just send me an email.

Want to be inspired to use CPS Clickers and Mobis? Go to this student made video promoting einstruction (and be amazed at what these students could do for a contest!)

Mobi Sets

Send me an email, and I will borrow a set of Mobi tablets from the SBO for your classroom. Then students can work as teams answering questions projected onto your SmartBoard. A set will provide 4 teams of students to work at the same time and compare answers. Once again, give me a chance to help set this up for you and show you how it works. Great for math students!

Watch it in action in this short video:

iPad/iPod apps

Some iPad apps run without using the internet.

Here's a great list:

  1. Pass the Past : produced in conjunction with VDOE for SOL review, this app focuses on the SOL history tests by grade level
  2. Master the Math : also produced in conjunction with VDOE for SOL review, this app focuses on the SOL math tests
  3. Tellegami/iMovie/Educreations : student made videos can be created and used to illustrate key ideas and then shown to the class for review
  4. PicCollage : make digital posters on review subjects using photos and text. Combine the images into a powerpoint to show to the class for review

So don't turn off all technology when you turn off the internet!

Here is the remaining schedule for PD classes this year:

Wednesday, April 30 : App Explorer: Play around with Digital Posters on the ipad with

Pic Collage, Skitch and Doodle Buddy

Wednesday, May 14 : App Explorer: Play around with Digital Productions on the ipad with Educreations, Book Creator and iMovie

IN the meantime...

ask me to come by. I will be glad to stop in for any issue.

I am at BMS every Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.

And always available via email...

Lately, I have had a number of meetings at SBO, so email if you can't find me.

I will make time for you.

Have a great break! You deserve it!