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Techniques for Engaging All StudentsTechniques for Engaging All Students When using interactive online resources, often you may want students to respond to a question you have displayed with your LCD projector or on your interactive whiteboard. ...


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Flip Book Creator

Posted on : 18-10-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 3-6 Math, 3-6 Reading, K-2 Math, K-2 Reading


With the appearance of quality online virtual manipulatives, many traditionally paper and pencil activities have become opportunities to engage students with technology, as is the case with the following website.


 Flip Book

Classroom Integration Ideas:


Students can create a printable flip book to demonstrate their understanding of multiple concepts.  Here are a few examples:



Cause and Effect

                Direct your students to create a flip book with alternating pages of causes and effects.  Have them share their books with each other and turn the sharing into a prediction exercise.  Have the student being presented to brainstorm potential effects from each cause in their partner’s book before flipping the page to see their partner’s chosen effect.


Do We Throw Traditional Teaching Methods Out the Door?

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : General


Inevitably, when I am speaking with someone about using technology in the classroom, I will be confronted with the question, “What is wrong with using books and paper and pencils to teach reading and writing and math like we always have?”  To which I respond, “Nothing.”   I firmly believe that traditional teaching methods should not be thrown out the door completely in lieu of teaching with technology.   However, I also believe that technology is the language of today’s students and that a blend of old and new instructional methods will reach a wider range of learners with unique skills, needs, and interests.

Categorizing Interactive Content for 2-D Shapes

Posted on : 21-09-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 2-D Shapes


In a previous blog post, Categorizing Interactive Content, I shared four categories I use to group online interactive content. This helps me to select specific online resources based on the way in which I would like to utilize the content in my lesson. Since that post has been the blog’s most viewed and commented on, I thought I would provide additional information about the topic as was requested by GarykPatton.

Below I have described the specific ways I utilize each type of interactive content when teaching the topic of 2-D shapes. One site is given below as an example, although I use multiple sites in each category when teaching a topic.

Interactive Animations:

  • http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html?goLesson=17&launch=true
    2-d-shapes-tutorialWhen first introducing 2-D shapes to my class, instead of relaying the information about each shape via a lecture, I let interactive animations do the initial instruction for me. Instead of sitting and just watching the animation, my students take notes by creating their own flip books to be used for later study and review.

Techniques for Engaging All Students

Posted on : 31-08-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Classroom Management


When using interactive online resources, often you may want students to respond to a question you have displayed with your LCD projector or on your interactive whiteboard.  However, only one student at a time can use the interactive whiteboard to respond to a question.  In my classroom, it was a concern of mine that the other 24 students would not be engaged and actively thinking about an answer to a question if they were not selected to use the whiteboard.

Learning Letter Formation

Posted on : 25-08-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : The Alphabet


The websites:

Classroom Applications:

1.  Whole Class Instruction:  Use the first two websites to share correct upper case and lower case letter formation with your students.  Have students practice forming a letter on paper at their desks.  Then have the animated pencil show how to form that letter so students can check their work.

Individual Practice:  Teachers with interactive whiteboards can have their students write a letter in virtual ink and then click on the letter on the screen to see if the animated pencil’s letter matches their formation.