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Welcome to the Interactive Content Corner

Posted on : 05-06-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General

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Welcome!Welcome to the Interactive Content Corner:  A blog created by an elementary educator dedicated to helping other elementary and middle school teachers integrate interactive content into classroom instruction.

My name is Emily Starr.  I’m a former fourth grade teacher, President of StarrMatica Learning Systems, and an interactive content enthusiast!

I started integrating online interactive content in my classroom instruction five years ago, and teaching with technology has been my passion ever since.   

My adventures with technology began the day I received an LCD projector for my classroom.  I was so excited I stayed late (not that staying late didn’t occur regularly—I know many of you keep pillows under your desk “just in case”) and practiced until I had the hardware operation down pat.  I could connect the projector to my computer, adjust the height to match my screen, turn it on, focus the image, and access my computer–but then what was I supposed to do?  How did I use this equipment to benefit my students?

This blog is dedicated to the “Now what?” of teaching with technology.  My mission is to help you bridge the gap between knowing how to operate hardware and actually integrating technology into your instruction.

I started small in my classroom.  I thought if I could just find one interactive activity to use with the LCD projector during math every day that would be a good start.  I spent hours scouring the internet to find activities that fit my lesson plans and weren’t filled with distracting advertisements.  As you know, there are never enough hours in the day when you are teaching, so I was struggling to keep up with everything I had already been doing before the LCD projector arrived, while also spending hours trying to find just one single math resource to use each day.

It was time struggle all the way, but once I had made the transition from overhead and worksheet activities to teaching with interactive content, there was no turning back.  My students were excited about the technology portion of math class, and I found myself looking forward to that part of the day.  Technology re-energized my teaching, and I know it can for you, too!

I’ll be posting once a week about how to teach with interactive online content.  In the beginning, I’ll share some classroom management tips and reasons why teaching with interactive content is effective, but for the most part, I’ll be sharing links to specific online activities you can use along with ideas for ways to integrate them into classroom instruction.

I hope you’ll join me for the journey and please feel free to ask questions, make comments, post ideas for integrating interactive content into classroom instruction, and share experiences of teaching with online resources.