Fourth-Grade teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials”

eSchool News | September 4, 2017

By: Katherine Bush

Here are the education technology tools that allow kids to create, communicate, and think for themselves.​

As I prepare to start my ninth year of teaching, I find myself reflecting on the tools and resources I value most. What new techniques will I try this semester, which ones served me best in years prior? At the Maury County School District in Columbia, Tennessee, I teach fourth-graders, a group who are always excited to learn and anxious to interact with the lesson at hand.

My passion is creating innovative lessons that engage students’ attention. I enjoy learning, searching, collaborating, and sharing ideas that prepare kids for their future. Sometimes that means bringing in new technology. Tech tools are essential to today’s classrooms. They allow kids to create, communicate, and think for themselves.

Here are a few tech tools that I prefer to use with my students, to help empower their learning and get them thinking outside the box.

2) myON News: I wouldn’t want to teach without myON. myON is a digital library with thousands of books that students access online anytime, anywhere. myON also has a news portion that gives the students current news articles on a daily basis. The writers do an amazing job of writing articles that are not only current and cutting-edge, but they completely capture the attention of all readers.

I love being able to talk to my students about what’s currently going on in our world! After reading the articles, they are linked to books that are related to the same topic. As students read myON News, they are presented with facts, maps, and interactive videos. I use the books in myON’s library as well as myON news articles to help teach and reinforce science and social studies topics. I take the standards I’m teaching and immediately search myON’s library for titles before I plan. I can use these books in so many different ways. It is so assuring to know that everyone has a copy.

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