Digital Learning Day is always an exciting day in my classroom. It is a day where every child in my classroom is given the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment. Even though we live in the digital age, it is often challenging to find ways to integrate technology into everyday life in the classroom. Lack of equipment, time, and knowledge are some speed bumps that get in the way of using technology effectively and efficiently in the classroom.
Here are a few examples of some of the activities I love to use in my Kindergarten classroom to promote digital learning:
1. Extended Lesson – How To Make 10 – Kindergarten – Operations and Algebraic Thinking – In this lesson, students will watch a video, play a memory game, manipulate images, and solve equations to help reinforce the concept of making 10.
2. Fruit or Vegetable L.K.5a – In this lesson, students will manipulate images in a graphic organizer to identify the differences between fruits and vegetables.
3. Skype – Using Skype, a software application that allows users to video call someone over the Internet, we contact a Kindergarten classroom in a neighborhood school. Students from my classroom take turns showing the other students the different types of shapes that are found in our environment. For instance, my classroom has square tables, a circular clock, and triangle shaped erasers. The other students will then show my students what types of shapes are found in their classroom.
4. Addition and Subtraction – Kindergarten – Operations and Algebraic Thinking – In this lesson, students will solve True and False questions, manipulate images to solve math sentences, and use their mouse to match number sentences.
The goal of digital learning in my classroom is to give every student the opportunity to have a multitude of technological experiences that will help him or her become successful in whatever career path or life choice he or she chooses. Effective use of technology in the classroom can improve the overall education each student receives. I would like to send digital kudos to Edcite, a remarkable company that is at the forefront of this effort.
Josie Fixler is an elementary school teacher who currently designs Common Core math content for Edcite. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Education from York University and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University. After teaching at elementary schools in the greater New York area, Josie began working with curriculum developers to design elementary school content. We’re honored to have Josie’s expertise and contributions on Edcite!