Boom Cards – The perfect answer to self checking technology in kindergarten

May 30, 2017

Have you heard about Boom Learning?  It. Is. So. Cool.  No more printing, cutting, or laminating. I love bright and shiny new laminated centers just as much as the next guy, but let���s face it, it can be a lot of work. Boom Learning is awesome. You can use it on your I pads, chrome books, laptops, pretty much anything that has a screen. The best news is this new resource is available at your favorite go to teacher stop. Teachers Pay Teachers!!! It is a new platform that uses teacher made resources for your students. The students access ���decks��� which are basically digital task cards. Boom will give you reports about how many the kids completed correctly and how fast they finished. Each child in your class can work on the same deck or on different decks. This is a perfect way to differentiate in the classroom. All the kids can be working on Boom and they can all be working on different levels. Because in 30 years of teaching I have never had a class where everyone is working on the same level. Not sure you want to create a membership? No worries. You can download a...

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Using Google Classroom in Kindergarten

May 7, 2017

Let’s talk about Google Classroom. Going digital in kindergarten and first grade can be a powerful tool for differentiatng your kid’s learning.  Big myth buster- you don’t need to be a 1:1 school to do it. Most teachers in the upper grades have been using Google classroom for ages, but it’s not as popular in the lower grades. Not many of us have taken the leap to digital. I’ve actually heard people say you can’t use Google in kindergarten (Gasp!) They couldn’t be more wrong! Myth buster #2 Kindergarten students CAN use Google Classroom.So how do you get started?A little background. Just recently Google changed it’s policy. You used to have to be part of a school district that adopted GAFE (Google Apps for Education). Guess What??? Not any more, you just need to have a gmail account and so do your students, that’s bascially it. This opens the doors wide open for homeschoolers. It honestly could not be any easier.  All the kids in a GAFE district will have an “email” and password. I put email in quotes because it’s not always an actual email. My kids can’t send or receive messages. It only works on the school platform.  (...

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