As a primary teacher, one of my biggest challenges throughout the school day is Center Time. My kiddos are still learning what it means to be an independent worker and often need a lot of support to make smart choices and move their learning forward.
One center that I find particularly challenging is our technology center. I am fortunate enough to have a bank of a few classroom computers for my students to use during their daily rotations. Even though it is only 20 minutes a day, I want to make sure that they are utilizing their time wisely and meeting our curricular goals.
Over the past few years, I have tried several ways to help guide my students’ computer use.
I have finally landed on one that I love:
MentorMob is a free web tool that allows users to create structured learning playlists. Each playlist is comprised of a series of steps or articles. Students simply follow the steps to complete the playlist. Teachers can add specific directions for each step and even include challenge questions.
- They are SUPER easy to make….
- You can copy content from other playlists- this is a huge timesaver!
- Users can embed videos, links, images, or even response items into the playlists.
- For Chrome users- they even have an easy-to-use extension to create playlists!
Once the playlist is created, you can simply embed the playlist into your classroom blog or website. On my personal classroom website, I have a page called “Center Activities for the Week”- I simply add some instructions and embed the playlist- viola!
- Spelling and phonics games
- Youtube Videos
- Digital games from our curriculum
You will love that your students only need to know one website to find all of their games, activities, and tools for the week. Your students will love that they can get started right away and enjoy even more time to play. Your parents will love having access to the games and activities students are playing in the classroom all in one place.
Kate Peila is a third grade teacher from Montana. She is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom to increase student engagement, improve lesson efficacy, and enhance classroom management. She is a content expert for Appolearning and she blogs at Purely Paperless.