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How are you using Interactive Technology?

How are you using Interactive Technology?

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Last school year I introduced my 3rd grade special education students to my Tablet PC, named Pal. They loved it. I used Pal and my data projector to project images on our whiteboard. The students would take turns coming up to Pal to select the answer, drag and drop, and sometimes write on the screen. For the most part we did the writing on the image that was projected on the white board. The kids loved it. I had 15 kids and each one eagerly awaited the opportunity to come to the front and work on Pal or the white board. Kids love writing on the whiteboard.

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Jon Moore's picture
Jon Moore
11th and 12th grade English teacher from Shepherd, Montana

We have Smartboards in almost every classroom, Elmos for almost everyone, and a mobile lab as well as a desktop lab. I will say we are blessed by the foresight top pass a renewable technology fund that allows us to upgrade. This year we received Promethean ActivExpressions for on the spot formative assessment. It is strange using the Smart tech with Promethean software while hooked up to an Elmo-but it works. Our students are involved in almost every lesson because we can make it interactive and adjust to learner needs with instant feedback.

Eyal Kaminka, Phd.'s picture
Eyal Kaminka, Phd.
Leading Educator at Joytunes

What happens when technological nerds meet musical geeks ... ?!
A free resource for teachers - interactive music games to use in class (students can use it at home, too). This tool is mainly for k1-5 and has a twist - the kids control their computers with live playing (while learning and practicing as they play)

what do you think?

hoory1's picture
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester

We started with using ipad for our students with learning challenges. The more we use it I am convinced more and more that we need to create a folder for each student.
After a conversation with the teacher, In the folder I include only apps that can support the student for his/her individual needs.

Patrick Carroll's picture
Patrick Carroll
Yr 5/6 primary teacher, Doncaster, England

We have been using aurasma with the children to create augmented reality images using the ipods and ipads. These have had a great effect on promoting speaking and listening skills because we have been putting videos over the top of photos. So the photo on a piece of paper becomes a lot more interesting and exciting when you put the ipad over it.

Jon Osterdahl's picture

I was recently put into a very rural school setting and I noticed Ipads being used in Special Education programs. What an amazing feat to behold! Its really amazing to see the child's eyes light up while using such an incredible piece of equipment.

Matthew Gudenius's picture
Matthew Gudenius
Teacher, Computer Programmer / Engineer, and Educational Technologist

It's really a shame that people make an assumption that tablets are "user friendly and easier for the kids, so that's what the kids should be using."

I do understand the allure for kindergarten (and especially pre-K) students; touching the screen IS intuitive. But the real world, by and large, demands people to know how to use real computers. Yes, adults use tablets and cell phones -- but not as a replacement for a real computer for productivity and work tasks. Why not expose kids to those real-world COMPUTER skills as soon as possible? As a computer teacher for grades K-6, I can tell you the computer is NOT too difficult for kids as young as 5 years old to master. Within an hour, they are usually proficient with both the mouse AND finding keys on the keyboard (the hardest thing for some of them to master is "double click", though)

Secondly, if tablets are the best route to go -- and I won't argue the point for very young students, since their exposure to technology is more for games and interactive books anyway -- then why not get something like Android tablets, which cost less than iPads while allowing the kids to do a lot more?

Everybody likes to talk about all the ed apps available on iPad, but nobody mentions all the great websites that do the same thing (and more), usually available for free, which you can no longer access when you use an iPad. Websites like
To give some idea, there are a total of 250,000 apps for iPad. There are over 100 million Flash websites that iPad can't access. Thousands and thousands of those are educational resources. Ones you don't have to pay $2.99 for.

In fact, it is such a problem that I am creating a series of videos to explain these limitations...

Just Say NO to iPads for Education:

English Language Arts Websites... DON'T work on iPad:

STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Websites... DON'T work on iPad:

I suppose any technology is better than none at all, so in that sense it is good to see iPads... but when budgets are struggling and there are cheaper devices that provide the same benefits, plus access to huge amounts of free resources out there (which can't be accessed on iPad, and when they can, it usually costs even more money), I'm not sure why we aren't choosing those alternatives.

Scotty Iseri's picture
Scotty Iseri
Educational Media Producer

As a person who's making interactive ed technologies I'm always surprised at the diverse variety of technologies available to teachers.

So company makes apps, but we're also doing a youtube channel to accommodate families and schools that may not have tablet technology. Our curriculum is currently following the Common Core (grades 3-5) , but would love to be able to be more responsive to actual classroom needs.

We'd like to be a good resource for teachers and have been accepted into the Youtube for Schools program for schools that are using youtube in class. We'd like to create custom videos for classrooms that use us and are looking for ways to promote this among teachers. Could any teachers comment on whether this is something they could use/do in their classrooms? Is youtube blocked in your school?



Jessica's picture
Building Confidence in Students, One Child at a Time

This is really a very interesting topic, "InteractiveTechnology". Technology is growing rapidly now-these-days and if we talk about this in the educational sector, there the use of technology is playing a very vital role.The interactive technology can be a projector which is the most convenient way of education for the children in schools or any other institutions.

Thank you once again.


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