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10 Student Approved Activities that Integrate Technology


10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology

My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills. 

10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.


1. e-learningforkids.org has 13 activities perfect for early finishers in the lab. There are also great activities that can be part of your technology lessons. My students have fun trying to get all of the gold stars in the lessons. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.


2. AbcYa's Find the Technology activity is fun and challenging. Most people know about this website so I won't go into details, but there is a page for each grade level with subject area activities. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

3. Digital Math Manipulatives to help with any math activities. If your students are completing lessons on e-learning for kids or AbcYa, then allow them to use these math manipulatives as they work. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

4. Fun Brain's Grammar Gorillas activity brings ELA into the lab. This would be a good one to suggest if your students only have a few minutes of extra time. Nearly all of the games on the site would be great for early finishers. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

5. Code.org Studio Activities could be a whole unit of lessons, but also makes a fantastic activity for early finishers and differentiation. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

6. Games on Breakout Edu Digital are great for upper elementary students. Some of them require a google account, so if you have google classroom then you're already a step ahead for these activities. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

7.  Scholastic's Story Starters activity is ideal for primary to intermediate students. It could be an entire lesson, but also makes a great early finisher activity for your students who like to write. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

8. National Geographic Kids brings in science, which I love! 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

9. You really can't go wrong with allowing students to spend a few minutes on Netsmartzkids.org. The website has videos, games, and activities for digital citizenship and internet safety. 
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

10. Last but not least, typing practice with Dance Mat Typing, a favorite of my students. Progressively more difficult typing activities.
10 Great Activities for Early Finishers in Technology  My students work at vastly different paces so it is always a challenge to decide what the early finishers should do. Here is a list of 10 great activities for your early finishers that aren't just time wasters but will actually work to build their technology skills.

Don't have time to set this all up for your class or wondering how to do it? I have a page built for each grade level K-5 with early finisher activities

Would you add any other sites to this list? Let me know in the comments.

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How to use Digital Book Companions to Guarantee Successful Read Alouds


Digital Book Companions

 What is a Digital Book Companion?

I'm so glad you asked! I LOVE read aloud books and my students do, too. Teaching in the technology lab doesn't leave a lot of time to do read alouds because they are usually only used as a warm up or early finisher activity. NOT any more! 

I want you to start using read alouds as the entire lesson in your tech lab or the library! This means you're going to need some technology themed read aloud books and the corresponding digital book companions. 

A digital book companion is similar to a regular book companion in that it asks students to identify things like the main idea, order or events, and make connections to the book. The main difference is that my students do these activities on a tablet or computer. This means that they can practice their technology skills right along with literacy skills! Win win.
Digital Book Companions

What makes a digital book companion an entire lesson?

I'm able to use these read aloud books and the digital companion activities as a whole lesson like this:
  • A little bit of teacher prep- get the book, get the digital book companion (split the activities into 3)
  • Read the book to your class at least one time
  • Have students access their digital book companion activities on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer (or with the littlest students you could do it as a whole class on the interactive whiteboard)
  • Students complete 3 literacy activities and 1 creation tool activity, then do the early finisher stuff if they have time left. 
I design my digital book activities with 12 total activities (9 literacy and 3 tech creation tools) so that I can use 3 literacy activities and 1 tech creation tool with each grade level (grades 3, 4, and 5, for example). I am able to use the same read aloud book 3 years in a row with my students because they have different digital activities to complete each year. 

Digital Book Companions

What makes a good book for a read aloud when doing digital activities?

I generally choose books with a technology theme so that they can meet the technology standards I teach. Think Internet Safety, screen time, computer troubleshooting, etc. This way I can pull in literacy standards with my technology standards and everyone is happy!

I've started a line of Digital Book Companions and plan to add about 12 more books to it. Most of them will have options for grades K-2 and for grades 3-5. 




Thanks for reading! Do you have any books to request for digital book companions? Leave your ideas in the comments and I will put them on my to do list!
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