Thursday, July 25, 2013

Week 5: Tune into Technology

I'm back for a fifth installment of Tune into Technology hosted by iTeach1:1 and Learning to the Core.

Organizing Key Areas of Technology
Laptop/Doc Camera/iPads- My district has slowly been trying to increase technology within our classrooms.  WAHOO!  To store these devices, the district purchased the black cart featured below.  The bottom of the cart has a great open space for locking up technology, but it's not ideal for keeping it organized. 

Enter...Pinterest!

This would be perfect for the bottom of the black cart so that every iPad would have a proper place to be stored.

Headphones- At first, I had students keeping headphones in Ziploc bags with their student number on them.  By the end of the year, the numbers had faded and the headphone bin had exploded.
Enter Pinterest!

This was a huge success this year and everyone was able to find their headphones even on the last day of school!

Managing Technology
Designated Time- Ideally, my students spend most of their time using technology during literacy stations.  Therefore, I've designated that certain stations will use an iPad to complete their task.  Just by doing this alone, I've eliminated the race for an iPad.  

Colored Cases- Each iPad in my room has a different colored case.  This is a great way for students to keep track of what iPad they were working on.  The only time that this is a problem is when we've had to lend our iPads out.  The district purchased the same colored cases for each teacher.  Therefore, I solved that problem by taking a picture of the nameplate above my classroom door to help ensure that our iPads make a safe return.

Enjoy,

8 comments:

  1. I'm jealous of the colored cases! Love the headphone storage idea. Thanks for linking up.:)

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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    1. Thanks for hosting! I've really enjoyed it!

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  2. Ohhhh...how awesome is the headphone storage and colored cases?! Brilliant! Thank you for the amazing ideas!
    AlisonRockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. No problem! I'm glad you like them.

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  3. Great headphone storage ideas! I've been brainstorming this summer about how I was going to organize that for my students.
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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    1. It was finally a method that I was happy with and it actually worked! :) Good luck with your future ideas!

      Amy

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  4. I, too, love the headphone storage idea! I'm your newest follower, and look forward to following your posts! ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. Yahoo! I'm happy to have you! :)

      Amy

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