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Many of the activities I do would like to do in the classroom require some technology.
I would like to do more fluency tracking/activities with the students. In order to do this, I would like a set of digital timers, one for each pair of students to work with. Students can build fluency doing timed readings with each other. The timed reading would be much more accurate if I had digital timers, then pairs could be more focused on listening to their partner read, than how much time is passing by because they are looking up at the second hand on the analog clock in the classroom. I have about 20-25 students, so a set of 12-15 timers would be great.
I have just implemented a new strategy into the classroom where students pose in order to illustrate a story (think of it as a live snapshot). Instead of drawing pictures or writing down an answer, students use their bodies to portray a scene in a story using facial expression, body position, etc. It would be incredibly neat if I had a digital camera to take pictures of their poses then loaded them into the computer to make a slide show portraying the stories we read throughout the year. I think the children would be much more motivated in doing these activities if they saw themselves portraying the story. To do this, I would need a digital camera with for the classroom. The digital camera could also be used to document other lessons and field trips.
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