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Technology in the Elementary Classroom

Mary Beth Hertz

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to the first post of many that I will be sharing about using technology in the elementary classroom.

First, a little about me.

I am a computer teacher in Philadelphia for grades K-6. I will be starting a new job in September at a charter school in North Philadelphia as their technology teacher, and for the last 3 years I have been the technology teacher and technology teacher leader for an elementary school in West Philadelphia. I have spent the last 3 years exploring how various applications and Web 2.0 tools can push my students to think more critically and creatively as well as how to create connections with each other and the outside world. We have used programs like GarageBand, iWeb, iMovie as well as Web 2.0 tools like drop.io, VoiceThread, Storybird, Shidonni, Animoto, Diigo and wikis to create, collaborate and share.

The focus of this blog will be to provide resources, tips and ideas for elementary teachers looking to incorporate technology into their classroom. Please let me know in the comment area if there is anything in particular you would like to know more about and I will make sure I address it!

You can follow me on Twitter at @mbteach and I also blog at Philly Teacher.

Thank you to Edutopia for giving me the opportunity to blog on their website. I really respect what they do for education along with the resources that they provide for educators, so it is an honor to blog for them.

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