Family Time: Utilizing Technology For Learning

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 12, 2015 4:17:02 AM

Child with tablet lying on floor. Girl playing laptop computerFamilies can make great gains in academic skills by using technology for learning. Laptops, electronic book readers, I-pads, desktops, cameras and televisions can become powerful educational devices if used wisely.

Technology Assisted Learning

Technology can be a powerful tool that enhances a school site or home school instructional program. Below is a helpful list of ideas that are easy to implement in a home-based learning environment. Kids of all ages can learn with:

1. Online Books

Students can easily access thousands of books online. People of all ages love online books. Online books help books come to life! Vivid colors and a chance to interact with the book brings excitement to reading. Younger children can greatly benefit from read aloud books that often have funny voices or musical enhancements. Readers of all ages can even learn another language by reading online books and pressing the read aloud icon.

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2. The Internet

The internet is the information super highway. Children can use the internet to research ideas and find answers. They can also take reading comprehension tests or timed math skills tests online that are automatically corrected with the push of a button. This saves teachers and parents valuable time, as the quizzes are self correcting!

3. Technology Assisted Writing Programs

Using technology assisted writing programs motivates children to write. Children’s writing comes alive when they use online writing programs. Children can add pictures and artwork to their online writing projects.

4. Digital Camera

Children enjoy using a digital camera. They can even take pictures of their own artwork and insert it into their writing pieces or research report. Children can take pictures at museums, the beach, and family vacations. They can even take pictures of the ingredients when they are cooking with their parents. This helps children to develop a concept of measurement with real life experiences.

5. A Global Positiong System (GPS)

A GPS or global positioning system can teach important mapping and coordinate skills. During family outings and vacations, kids can input the destination address into a GPS and watch the maps as they travel. This helps students to learn about geography.

6. Email

Writing becomes exciting when students can send a receive email! How would grandma like to receive an email from her grandchildren? Parents can teach kids how send friendly letters via email their relatives and friends. Remind children and teens to use vivid verbs and descriptive words in their writing.

7. I-pads, Tablets and E- Readers

Reading, researching, and listening to educational songs and music are all things that can children can do with these portable devices. Families can take these devices almost everywhere.

Online Books and Instructional Guides

Online books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Educators and parents can utilize online teacher’s resource guides to help with planning instructional lessons. These content-rich planning guides include engaging ideas to assist with instruction in math, literacy and more. Big Universe offers a multitude of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at Big Universe.

For more information about making using technology for writing visit Making Writing Exciting.

Thirty-six activities and lessons (Lessons 37-72) teach students information literacy, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. Includes: Defining Types of Information; Sharing Information; Defining Media; Creating Newsletters; Defining Technology; Blogging. 16 graphic organizers & assessments.
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Ages 9-12, Ages 13+
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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