Google Earth with a placemark for Potterville Elementary:
Quizlet: I created a scatter matching game for long and short vowel sounds.
This could also be used in the test format.
Interactives for Clasroom Content
The site that seemed to have the most relevant ideas, lessons and tools for lower grade levels (1st) was Illuminations.
I found lessons, book lists and interactives.
I think that Google Earth is a great interactive tool to use and I am sure that I am only touching the surface of ways it can be used after this beginning look at it. I often show my students places that are a part of our learning on the map (pull down above the whiteboard or online.) One example: I always read aloud The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White. The story starts in the wilds of Canada, moves to Red Rock Lake in Montana and to Boston and Philadelphia. It would be fun to show the travels of the swans with Google Earth. We study bats and butterflies. Google Earth can help children learn about migratory paths, where animal habitats are. I think it will lead to more understanding and discussion.
This is my first time trying Quizlet. I have a lot of apps on iPads for flashcards and spelling so I wanted to focus on long and short vowels and beginning to recognize the patterns that produce them. I plan to experiment further with this. I think it might be useful and usable. I have used Spelling City in my classroom for a year and a half. I have the kids use the missing letter, matching and hangmouse games to practice their spelling words. They enjoy using them.
The lesson and book list noted above is using manipulatives (cube trains) and literature to count on and count back. It is not a technology interactive but it is indeed interactive! I do believe that students need to have a variety of ways to interactive with what they are learning.
The Grouping and Grazing interactive would be good in a math center. It deals with grouping and counting by 5s and 10s and then adding on ones. It also allows students to add and subtract with groups of cows, making and breaking groups of 10 in the process. This is content covered in the later part of the year for us but when students work on iPads they can work at higher levels when appropriate and some children could definately tackle this sooner than others.
I have found interactive tools to be a positive and useful addition to my classroom and I look forward to finding more that work well. As always, it is important to find a balance and be conscious of not only learning goals but of the little human beings who need to learn and grow in so many ways.