Integration Ideas

The following learning activities will help your students develop critical skills in the 5Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking and Citizenship. 

Instructional Needs Technology to Meet Instructional Needs
Share student work with an authentic audience Create a digital story – students type and illustrate their stories, narrate photos, record themselves reading- Book Creator, The Story Creator, Adobe Spark
Access more free books & online texts
Interview an author/expert/explorer to connect students with a primary source and allow them to practice researching and interviewing
Give students a framework for reflecting on their reading and sharing reviews with others
Offer enriching experiences that may not otherwise be possible, provide a jumping off point for research and writing non-fiction Take students on virtual field trips:

Record/document student thinking in a variety of ways and compare learning over time
  • Use Google forms after each unit or key lesson learned to have students document their learning. Use the same form and response sheet each time, so it’s easy to compare learning over time.
  • Students record their thinking using Google docs voice typing.
  • Support ELD students and students who may need additional support building reading/writing skills
  • Dictate stories for digital archiving
  • Dictate reflections
  • Have text “read” to them
“Text to Speech” and “Speech to Text” – these can offer great support for students who are building their language and reading/writing skills.

  • Text to speech –
    • iPads, go to Settings/Accessibility/Speech and select text to speech options
    • Chromebooks – add SpeakIt! From the Chrome Web Store
  • Speech to text – just go to Google docs/Tools/Voice Typing on Chromebook or computer, or on iPads just click the microphone icon on the keyboard and enable dictation
Help students become global citizens – collaborate outside classroom walls, share writing with an authentic audience Students collaborate on global projects to learn more about the world and begin to see themselves as global citizens:

Help students analyze information based on location and geography using maps
  • Take a lit trip or build a lit trip using Google Earth and literature.
  • Students can research information and upload it to MyMaps to analyze data based on location
Demonstrate learning and communicate reasoning with others Use interactive whiteboard apps like SeeSaw or Educreations to allow students to demonstrate what they’ve learned and communicate their reasoning.
Create student- directed learning materials that keep kids engaged Teachers package lessons in hyperdocs, allowing students to be more engaged and in control of their own learning experiences. They are self-paced, inquiry-based learning modules that put students in the driver’s seat.

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