Integrating Technology Ideas by Grade

Rebecca KeelingClassroom Ideas, Google, Useful Apps

Technology can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming with the wealth of ideas and options available. Listed below are some ideas suggested by the Instructional Technology Coaches that can serve as a starting point to integrate technology in the classroom. When consulting the list below, please keep these things in mind:

  • This list is for inspiration and is not exclusive or exhaustive.
  • All the ideas listed for previous grade brackets can be adapted for older grade brackets.
  • As students get older, the students should be less focused on being only consumers of technology and more on being collaborators and creators of technology.

K-2nd+

  • Use Chromebooks to have students record themselves (reading a story, responding to a question at the beginning/end of the year, etc)
  • Try a video conference with an expert
  • Contact another class via video chat and collaborate on a project or play Mystery Skype (Animal or Number)
  • Introduce Coding via an online platform such as Code.org
  • Use Green Screen technology to have students insert themselves into a location, story, or drawing of their own creation
  • Go on a QR Code scavenger hunt to find important locations in their school (classroom, office, specials, cafeteria, etc)

3rd-5th+

  • Begin to collaborate using Google Docs or Slides
  • Introduce or review a topic using an online quizzing platform such as Kahoot, Quizizz, or Quizlet
  • Brief Virtual Reality visits of 360° sphere photos and videos under direct adult supervision using the ClassVR or Google Expeditions
  • Contact another class via video chat and collaborate on a project or play Mystery Skype (Location)
  • Try a Breakout Game (Physical or Digital) which turns your classroom into an “escape room”
  • Use Google Tour Builder to create a virtual tour or timeline
Tour Creator Home Menu Display example

6th-12th+

  • Collaborate using Google Apps with their peers to create documents and give peer feedback
  • Use Google MyMaps to create their own maps and information, similar to what is seen in Google Maps
  • Create a website using Google Sites
  • Create “Book trailers” videos to summarize reading or encourage others to read
  • Use data in Google Sheets to create graphs
  • Use a social video platform such as Flipgrid to practice conversing as a class in foreign language
  • Use Google Tour Creator to create virtual tours that can be integrated into Google Expeditions (VR platform)
  • Create (multi-app) projects linked together using Google Apps