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Teaching With Technology and Tablets

Califone is proud to welcome guest bloggers Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

Technology has transformed our teaching.  In every way we can imagine, from the modeling we provide for students as we read from a tablet, capturing the language for students’ later use to simply entering grades in a gradebook so that parents and students can access it at any time, computers and tablets with Internet access have changed how we do our work. (more…)

Headset For Storytelling in Kindergarten

Califone will invite teachers to share how they’re using classroom technology with their students. We’d like to welcome this time guest blogger, Matt Gomez.

I have written about headphones we use in my class before and everything I posted there is still true. The Califone headphones have been exactly what I needed for my class and more importantly they continue to work after two years of Kindergarten kids using them daily. (more…)

Headsets for PreK Games on iPads

Part of a continuing series of Califone guest bloggers.

Helen and I have talked about Futaba in our podcasts. It’s a great way to gamify student skill mastery with the assistance of a few headsets. A few days ago, two of my tech club kids and my lab aide created sets for PreK games in the app. Right now there aren’t many ready sets in the app for preschoolers. Creating sets and games was pretty easy. (more…)

Using Audio Books as Technology to Assist Student Readers

With so many ways to use technology in the classroom, one of my most reliable uses is the use of the audio book.

As a middle teacher who teaches students whom have newly migrated to America, have special needs, or various other circumstances, I am challenged to meet the needs of each student not only individually, but also the whole class during the time given. I decided to go back to basics. Basics being, going back to what many of the elementary school teachers are already doing. Stations, and reading TO children. (more…)

10th Winner in 10-Day Spirit SD Classroom Learning Center Giveaway Contest

The tenth and final winner in the 10-Day Spirit SD Classroom Learning Center Giveaway contest is Robyn Elaine! Elaine’s submission offered a glimpse into her world as a general education 2nd-grade teacher of a very diverse group of students with varying individual learning needs and was worthy enough to be our final winner. (more…)

8th Winner in 10-Day Spirit SD Classroom Learning Center Giveaway Contest

Congratulations to Melissa Ranslow Beland, who’s the 8th of ten teachers to win a Spirit SD Learning Center! (more…)

7th Winner in 10-Day Spirit SD Classroom Learning Center Giveaway Contest

On this the opening day of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, Rachel Evers hit the ball out of the park to become the 7th winner in the 10th anniversary Spirit Classroom Learning contest! (more…)

Audio Books in the Classroom

Califone guest blog – one in a continuing series

Heard a good book lately? From Curious George before bed to the latest Grisham novel during a commute, people of all ages find joy in listening to stories. Hearing a book read out loud is also beneficial for young children, who learn important literacy skills that serve as the foundation for later success in reading. (more…)