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Easy But Powerful Uses of Technology in Elementary

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Workshop Overview


Attend this presentation to see a wide variety of ways technology is being integrated into the reading and language arts curriculum in an upper elementary classroom. We will share everything from book templates, to choral reading to podcasting of reader's theater, to poetry café movies. We will also share some of the ways we use technology to make our jobs easier, such as using Powerpoint to record students reading aloud and using OneNote as a lesson plan book. Some items we will present, others you will be able to try for yourself.


Workshop Programme




Reasons to Integrate

  • Ease of drafts and revisions
  • Engaging
  • Collaborate
  • Connect with peers and family far away
  • Real audiences
  • Life skills



  • Content podcasts
  • Student podcasts





In using locked templates as a starting point for a project, students need to be taught upon opening the document that it will be [Read Only].

  • Book templates
    • Buddy books based on Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    • Poetry books (word process, print, fold and glue)
  •  Blackboard
    • Discussions
    • Writing groups feedback
  • Wall Wishers
  • Wiki Penpals



  • Oral Fluency in Blackboard
  • Book club role pages-give students the option of doing repeating assignments at home in Word
  • Shelfari


Portfolio Reflections and Self Assessments

  • portfolio reflections for End of Year Student Led conference
  • midquarter self assessment


Community Building

  • Introducing Me for beginning of the year bulletin board.
  • Dear "New Student," A way to welcome students who begin midyear
  • Birthday Circles and Books- "I am glad you were born because..."


Workshop Materials 

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Item Description Link Notes
Voicethread Book Report http://voicethread.com/share/20548/ Students wrote their reviews, drew the pictures and then took photos of the pictures. 
Voicethread  BFG Book Report 


Poetry Cafe Movies  Students' oral readings of poems they wrote illustrated with photos or pictures they drew  http://www.sas.edu.sg/gallery/09-10/Q2/IS/Computers/Sedro/index.html  Students often voluntarily record again and again until it sounds just right to them.
Reader's Theater Podcasts Students practice and record short reader's theater plays to increase speaking fluency. http://www.sas.edu.sg/gallery/09-10/Q2/IS/4th_Grade/Peterson/09%2011%2005%20Funny%20Fairy%20Tale%20Podcasts/index.html Recorded with Blue Snowball mic using Garageband for Macintosh.
Workshop Evaluation Survey Please help us improve our workshop by completing this brief survey.  Select  Grade 5 RLA Tech Integration as the name of the workshop. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229WQBJ23GZ  


Note: it is recommended to make all files PDFs if possible to ensure compatibility. Avoid formats like ".docx" "xls" etc if possible; unless the workshop is specifically dealing with the relevant program to edit those files.


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