Using Tablets as Interactive Whiteboards

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Have you seen other teachers use their ipads as whiteboards?  I have and I was jealous because I didn’t have an ipad.  BUT, I do have an android tablet that I just love.  I recently came across an app that will let you control your computer from anywhere in your classroom.  You can annotate over anything on your computer screen and display it through a data projector.  I LOVE IT!  The app is called Splashtop Whiteboard and it works for ipads but it’s also the 1st app I have seen that works for android tablets.


Check out this video -




I’ve used this app to control a PowerPoint presentation as I roamed around my classroom.  Another time, we played a PowerPoint game with it.  I took the tablet to students and let them select the correct answer.  Let me tell you, student participation for that lesson was at an all time high! 


All you need to get started is the Splashtop Streamer app for your computer, the Splashtop Whiteboard app for your tablet, and a WiFi connection.  Easy peasy!


You can get more information about Splashtop Whiteboard from the Splashtop website or from the Google Play store.


Have a great week!

Round and Round and Round We Go

Friday, September 20, 2013

Do you ever feel like you’re going around in circles teaching rounding?  OH MY -Rounding is such a tough skill to teach!  I really tried hard this week to teach rounding to my kiddos.  I spent a lot of time using visuals, and for the most part, it worked. 


We used rounding charts.


We worked with number lines.


We sorted.


And, we played PowerPoint games.


If you want need some rounding charts, click on the picture below.  There are several different charts in this FREEBIE.


After all that rounding practice, I feel a bit like that caveman!


Have a great weekend!

Constitution Day

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Preamble, Articles, and Amendments, oh my!  It’s almost that time of year again.  To be honest, I used to dread teaching my 3rd graders about the constitution.  There aren’t a lot of resources available for elementary kids and it’s just a tough topic for younger kids.  Here are some resources I’ll be using this year.



This is a great book for kids.  The entire book is the Preamble of the Constitution.  There is one phrase on each page with bright colorful graphics.  It’s a great way to break it all down for younger kids.


I just got this one and I really like it.  It’s a 48 page book with lots of colorful graphics. This book includes the history behind the U.S. Constitution plus a brief description of the parts of our constitution.


This book is an amazing find!  Our Constitution Rocks! was written by a teenager and is a thorough guide to the U.S. Constitution.  This is a great resource for kids in junior high on up (or elementary teachers who need a little extra background).



I started working on some resources for my classroom so I’m feeling a bit better about teaching the constitution this year.  These activities are sure to help me out this year.

Preamble Match includes two activities.  First, students can arrange phrases of the Preamble in order.  Then they can match the phrases with what they mean.  This is a free file on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Click on the picture above to grab a copy.



I’m looking forward to having my class create these Constitution Lapbooks.  This lapbook is a very basic overview of the U.S. Constitution.  I designed it to be easy to understand for 3rd graders.  If you want to give this lapbook a try, visit my TpT store.


Anybody have an awesome resource to share for teaching the Constitution? 

Classroom Reveal–Monster Style

Thursday, September 5, 2013
I’m a bit late sharing, but here goes…
Here’s my hallway bulletin board where I’m going to display student work.  I ADORE the glitter scrapbook paper! 

The blue dots on this monster displayed my students’ names for Meet the Teacher night.

I decided to hang my wreaths next to each other above the door.

Here’s my unfinished work pocket chart.  I love having a visual reminder of who has work to be finished!

Clip chart & rules

So far, the monster homework tray has been a big hit.  My fingers are crossed that it keeps working well for me!  Below the homework tray, is my AR bulletin board.  The kids got to decorate their own monsters and they turned out really cute!

Here are my couch monsters hanging out waiting for someone to come read to them.

I hope your school year has gotten off to a great start!


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