• Here are some lesson ideas that can usually be integrated into just about any class. It's a great place to start if you're trying to use more technology in your classroom.

    1. 6 Word Poem for a Digital Photo

    Find a digital photo or have students find a digital photo (that you can legally use) that connects to a lesson/concept you're teaching. Have students write a 6-word poem about the photo. This fosters creative writing skills and helps students learn to summarize concisely. To take things a step further, use a digital too like iPiccy to layer the text of their poem over the image. Then, share the images and poems with other students by posting them to a website, or simply projecting each one. Or, take things a step further and print these out and display them.

    2. Make a Movie

    The approach can be entirely up to you. Have students re-create a one minute scene from a novel being read. Or, have students create a talk show, interviewing a character from a book or a well-known historical figure. Or, how about a newscast? For example, an ancient Greek newscast reporting on the Trojan Horse incident. How about a commercial for a scientific invention? Or, perhaps a political commercial trying to get a historical president elected? Public Service Announcements often work well, as they integrate community service into the lesson.The important element here is to exhibit the films in your classroom. Why make a video if no one's going to see it? Students will light up if you have a video share-out "film festival" in your room. The easiest tools to use for this will be school iPads and the video editing app VideoShop. Create a YouTube account for the project. When students complete their films, you punch in the login to upload them to YouTube. Be sure to set privacy settings on the videos to "Unlisted," unless you have photo release forms on file.

    3. Digital Discussion

    Use a digital content management system, such as Blackboard, VoiceThread, or Edmodo. Have students take part in a group discussion revolving around a specific topic in your lesson. Assign students to make one new thread - and reply to at least 2 others.

    4.  Digital Recorded Presentation

     Have students use an iPad and one of the virtual whiteboard apps (such as Educreations or ShowMe) to create a recorded presentation. They can insert photos (and sometimes documents), record narration, and draw on the virtual whiteboard as they present. Again, these should be shared with the class.

    5. Student Assessment

    Use one of the student-response apps, such as Socrative or Plickers (Plickers only requires one teacher device and NO student devices). At the end of a lesson, assess students with a digital or oral quiz using these response tools.

    6.  Digital Book

    Use a service, such as Boomwriter, to have students collaboratively write a book. It can be something creative - such as a narrative story - or something non-fiction (think as mini-textbook). How about assigning 5 different topics to 5 student groups - and then compiling them all into one completed book? Boomwriter offers the ability for students to purchase a printed copy of their book, once complete.

    7. 3-D Models

    Use Sketchup (available on all school computers) to design re-creations of famous things or places. For example, assign students to create a digital 3D model of the White House. This particular tool may take some learning. There are 4 video tutorials to help students get a quick start with modeling.

    8. Create an Info Graphic

    Use a website, such as http://infogr.am to create an info graphic of data or information. By putting large amounts of information into visual form, some students may digest concepts easier. It would be great to use to illustrate results of a Science lab!

    9. Digital Drawing

    Use the iPad app "Brushes" and let students create artwork based on a concept being studied. You could also use digital photo tools like iPiccy to create collages or other graphically designed "posters."

    10. Go Vintage

    It may be really old technology to you - but students will light up if you bring out some "vintage" tech tools. Many students have never seen a record player. Or a VCR. Or an audio tape deck. Or even an overhead projector! While these aren't tools you'll want to use everyday, it can be a fun "once in a while" activity that illustrates how far technology has come in our world.

    11. Collaborate with Quick Responses

    Use a service like Today's Meet to get immediate feedback from your students. Pose a verbal question to the class and let students respond using their devices. Not enough devices to go around? Divide students into purposeful groups and let the group come up with a consensus answer to reply with.