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My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab


My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

Sometimes we (and the students) need a break from the constant academic work we do. Sometimes the students earn some free time. Either way, I like to have some websites on hand for moments like this where students can work independently and I can be hands-off. Introducing my favorite free sites to use in the computer lab.

Sites that need an account

Tips for the teacher: if you're a computer lab teacher and you have hundreds of students, making them all accounts on these sites can be time consuming. My advice is to bribe the school data manager with chocolate or something nice so she will format the data in the way that you need it and give it to you on a flash drive. You can bulk import the class lists into the programs. Then, all you have to do is add new students as they join the school. 
sumdog.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

abcmouse.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

teachyourmonstertoread.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

mobymax.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

typing.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab


Sites that don't need an account

Tips for the teacher: Give your students some guidance when they access these sites. An example of this would be to ask them to do 10 minutes of ELA, 10 of Math, and then 10 of their choice, etc. Set a timer in the room and let them know when it is time to switch. This cuts down on classroom management issues when it is a free day.
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My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

turtlediary.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

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My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

abcya.com
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab



Do you have any sites you would like to add to the list? Leave them in the comments. 
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab
My Favorite Free Websites for the Computer Lab

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26 Awesome Common Core Kindergarten Math Technology Activities

26 Awesome Common Core Kindergarten Math Technology Activities


The other day I was looking for math activities for kindergarten that align to the common core standards. Now I'm sharing them with you because I think you will find them to be really helpful. All 26 games are included in my Kindergarten Technology Lesson Plans and Activities.

One of my favorite pastimes is scouring the internet for digital games for my students. I know, I'm a little weird, but I like it that way. So, the other day I was looking for math activities for kindergarten that align to the common core standards. Now I'm sharing what I found with you because I think you will find them to be really helpful. All 26 games are included in my Kindergarten Technology Lesson Plans and Activities. 

I've organized them by topic below. My recommendation is that you link these to your classroom website for math practice at computer centers and at home. They are all completely free games and you students should be able to complete them independently as long as it is a topic you've already covered in class. 

Counting and Cardinality


Count to Tell the Number of Objects



Compare Numbers


Operations and Algebraic Thinking


Number and Operations in Base 10


Measurement and Data



Do you know of other well-fitting games you would add to the list?

The other day I was looking for math activities for kindergarten that align to the common core standards. Now I'm sharing them with you because I think you will find them to be really helpful. All 26 games are included in my Kindergarten Technology Lesson Plans and Activities.

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10 Student Approved Activities that Integrate Technology

10 Student Approved Activities that Integrate Technology


10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology

My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills. 

10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.


1. e-learningforkids.org has 13 activities perfect for early finishers in the lab. There are also great activities that can be part of your technology lessons. My students have fun trying to get all of the gold stars in the lessons. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.


2. AbcYa's Find the Technology activity is fun and challenging. Most people know about this website so I won't go into details, but there is a page for each grade level with subject area activities. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

3. Digital Math Manipulatives to help with any math activities. If your students are completing lessons on e-learning for kids or AbcYa, then allow them to use these math manipulatives as they work. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

4. Fun Brain's Grammar Gorillas activity brings ELA into the lab. This would be a good one to suggest if your students only have a few minutes of extra time. Nearly all of the games on the site would be great for early finishers. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

5. Code.org Studio Activities could be a whole unit of lessons, but also makes a fantastic activity for early finishers and differentiation. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

6. Games on Breakout Edu Digital are great for upper elementary students. Some of them require a google account, so if you have google classroom then you're already a step ahead for these activities. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

7.  Scholastic's Story Starters activity is ideal for primary to intermediate students. It could be an entire lesson, but also makes a great early finisher activity for your students who like to write. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

8. National Geographic Kids brings in science, which I love! 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

9. You really can't go wrong with allowing students to spend a few minutes on Netsmartzkids.org. The website has videos, games, and activities for digital citizenship and internet safety. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

10. Last but not least, typing practice with Dance Mat Typing, a favorite of my students. Progressively more difficult typing activities.
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

Don't have time to set this all up for your class or wondering how to do it? Check out the #EXTRAS menu on my curriculum website: https://www.k5technologycurriculum.com

Would you add any other sites to this list? Let me know in the comments.

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The Best Computer Lab I've Ever Seen

The Best Computer Lab I've Ever Seen


How I Set up My Computer Lab

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

My first year teaching technology to grades K-5 I didn't even put up vocabulary words! I know, I can't believe it either. I've grown so much as a teacher and I'm constantly inspired by the styles and layouts of grade level classrooms, so I made myself adorable, stylish, and functional classroom decor. 



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First, this is what a computer station looks like in my classroom: 



How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

I have a velcro name tag on top of the monitor. Students use a dry erase marker to write their name. I have them do this while their computer is logging in. I have a laminated "hand" that they put up if they have a question. My thought process here is that they can still work on their computer with both hands while they wait for me to come to them. 


Next, I made I Can Statements for the Technology Standards 

My principal loves seeing them and my students benefit from knowing the goal for the day/lesson. I made a set that I put on a ring at each computer station, and full-page posters for the front of the classroom. I give directions on the carpet by my interactive whiteboard before I send students to the computers, so I need my essential questions, I Can statements, and vocabulary words up there. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

As you can expect, I have another board for grades 3-5 in another section of the classroom. I LOVE the clip art on these, from Whimsy Clips that I custom ordered. It makes these posters so much more inviting than a black and white version. 
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How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
These vocabulary posters have been instrumental in my students taking responsibility for using the correct terminology in the lab. We focus on one or two words each week and I add them to this display. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
These 2 pictures are my Daily Messages. I display them through the projector so my students can see them, but also create a common board with everything for that weeks' lessons for each grade level.
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

 I love my shortcut posters and refer to them often. Students can refer to the bulletin board instead of asking over and over again how to do a shortcut.
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 The ABC display is colorful and teaches students about new types of technology. The kindergarten students particularly love them. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 A display for the lab expectations is a must! 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 Organizing my lesson plans and I can statements in binders has been a huge time saver. I just grab what I need and go. Heading to the 3rd grade PLC meeting? Grab the 3rd grade binder so we can talk about cross-curricular activities!
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 I was trying to figure out what to do with the space below the board. This "I am a digital age learner" set is perfect!

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