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The Best End of Year Memory Book with Technology Themed Foldables


End of Year Memory Book - with a Technology Theme  13 Flip-flap activity pieces with technology themed graphics

End of Year Memory Book's are a great way to wind down the school year with students and give you something to do after state testing is over. I started with writing prompts to get your students reflecting about the school year and where they are going. 
I designed the foldables in this lapbook with technology themed graphics. I've had a PPT file filled with computer screen, ipad, camera, and other random computer graphics that I use when making worksheets for my own classroom. I decided it is time to share them with all of you! 


Here is a photo of all of the graphics included in this resource. I covered my counter top with them. Nearly limitless layout possibilities!

This is one option for how to set it up. With this setup I didn't have space for the autograph book or either of the writing prompts.



Here are some up close views of the foldables. Imagine the possibilities! Most of these can be turned into nearly everything. In the PDF file I put the "directions" somewhere around most of the foldables (as opposed to right on them) so that you can disregard them if you choose to. I hope you and your students enjoy. 

End of Year Memory Book - Paperless Digital E-Book

17 Digital Activity Slides

Cover of Ebook
  • Summer goals
  • Star Moments
  • Field Trip Memories
  • Memories
  • The most important things I learned
  • My greatest improvement
  • Favorite books
  • Favorite Songs
  • Class Best Friends
  • What I want to be when I grow up
  • Adjectives for this year
  • Bucket List

End of Year Memory Book - with a Technology Theme  13 Flip-flap activity pieces with technology themed graphics

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5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research Only


In the elementary classroom it is so easy to slip into only using technology for research (and required progress monitoring). I get how awesome it is to be able to google anything right there in the classroom. Kids need these skills, and I still want them to do this- often!


In the elementary classroom it is so easy to slip into only using technology for research (and required progress monitoring). I get how awesome it is to be able to google anything right there in the classroom. Kids need these skills, and I still want them to do this- often! The point of this post is to present some other ways technology should be used weekly, and to provide solutions for the challenges. 

The #1 Misconception: I surveyed a large group of my technology teacher friends, and they all came back with this misconception about how classroom teachers view technology integration- Technology is just a "sit and get" tool.

While gaming in the classroom is fantastic for learning and developing problem solving skills, the challenge is in assessment. Shift your thinking to using technology as a way for students to show what they know- and not just by typing an essay. Here are some tools I love for everything from formative assessment to full project based learning tools: *click picture to go to website

1. If you have an iPad in your classroom, grab the app StoryKit. 
5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research Only5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research OnlyStoryKit allows students to create their own ebook. They can even publish it so you can add it to your school's media center database. Imagine the possibilities!








5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research Only
5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research Only2. For any vocabulary assignments, or as a reflection activity after ANY unit, a Wordle, uploaded to a class 3. Padlet, would be a great way to practice communication and collaboration. Have your students look at each other's Wordles on the Padlet and provide feedback. Could lead to a great conversation about how and why the biggest words were chosen. 

By the way, Padlet is an awesome resource for "turning in" assignments if you use digital tools to make things. Nearly anything can be uploaded, and as long as your students label their uploads it is really easy to stay organized. If you make an account on Padlet you will always have administrator rights and you will have your list of Padlets on a "dashboard" to go back to whenever you want. 


5 Tools for Moving Past using Technology for Research Only4. Oh how I love tools that can be used with any age group. Blabber is so quick and easy to use for even your youngest students. One idea for how to use it is after a student reads to self, have him/her make a Blabber that answers a reflection question about the reading. Then upload it to a Padlet ;-)





These tools are a great place to start. If you take the time to show your students how to use each tool, they will be able to work through their assignments independently, and be totally engaged! 
Elementary Technology Website

5. If you're looking for a website with pre-designed technology lessons, then click on "technology" to be taken to my class website. It is a work in progress (aren't they all?) so if you have lesson ideas you think should be included please let me know and I will work on it. 

Do you have any tech tools you use daily/weekly in your classroom? I'd love to learn about them. 
In the elementary classroom it is so easy to slip into only using technology for research (and required progress monitoring). I get how awesome it is to be able to google anything right there in the classroom. Kids need these skills, and I still want them to do this- often!


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Adding Technology to your Daily ELA Rotations


If you're like most teachers, you're always looking for ways to make your station rotations more engaging and independent for student use. I am going to share with you a resource for adding technology to these rotations- in a way that feels natural and isn't "just for the sake of using a tech tool."

I am so excited to share a resource I found. If you're like most teachers, you're always looking for ways to make your station rotations more engaging and independent for student use. I am going to share with you a resource for adding technology to these rotations- in a way that feels natural and isn't "just for the sake of using a tech tool."

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Ok so the Apptastic Daily 5 Website is split into the same sections that you're probably using in your classroom. Each section lists several technology tools (websites and apps) that are ideal for that station. The idea here has 2 purposes: some tools are for providing learning experiences, the other tools are for assessing what the students have learned at these stations.

I will use "Read to Self" as my example. Using one of the Digital Literature Tools, students can use a computer or mobile device to read independently. After they have completed their reading, on the Read to Self page, they can choose a tool (or you choose it) to show what they have learned. So let's say they read a story on Read Me, and then use Educreations on the iPad to illustrate a scene from their reading. They (or you) can take a screenshot of their illustration to keep for your records. There are really easy ways to upload the picture (you can use padlet, or if your iPad is set up for email, they can send it to you with a little guidance).

This will have to be used one step at a time. The students will need to know how to use the technology tool before they can be expected to use it independently while you're working with your guided reading groups.

Think of it as another way to get artifacts to show that you are using technology purposefully in your classroom. Take some time to work your way through the Apptastic Daily 5 website. Choose 1 or 2 tools to start with, and before you know it, your students will be engaged in showing their work at the stations.
If you're like most teachers, you're always looking for ways to make your station rotations more engaging and independent for student use. I am going to share with you a resource for adding technology to these rotations- in a way that feels natural and isn't "just for the sake of using a tech tool."


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