27 June 2014

Computer Choices

I've had this little project on my mind for quite awhile now, and I'm so glad I can finally check it off.   Never mind the fact that just as soon as I check something off, I usually add something new to the list.  That being said, I really love how this little project turned out. This colorful set of cards will hang right next to my student computers. I already have a command hook on each computer, so my cards will hang there perfectly.   I have 3 student computers, so I will most likely go back and make another 2 sets.  Not that my kiddos can't share, but I know it will eliminate a future dispute over someone holding onto the cards too long!




I plan on only including the sites I'd like my students to access.  I will most likely start with just a few.  When I introduce new sites, then I'll add them to the ring.  I have included editable backs for the cards, so usernames and passwords can be added.  There are a few sites that are free, but the teacher may have to register and set up a username before the class can access it.  I generally pick a username and password that I'm okay with my class knowing.

There are also a few sites like RAZ-Kids that require a subscription.  I absolutely LOVE Raz-Kids and would pay for it out of my own pocket if my campus no longer covered it.  It is fabulous for building reading comprehension.  I honestly can't say enough good things about it!  In the case of RAZ-Kids, I have 1 username and they all have their own passwords.  I will fill in the username, but just leave the password blank on the back of the card.

This resource contains many of my favorite sites, but I also reached out to my Instagram buddies for suggestions.  Thank you to everyone who shared their favorite sites.  I am super excited to explore some that are new to me.

Click the image below to download this FREEBIE.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Computer-Choice-Cards-1306869

PLEASE let me know what you think of this resource.  I hope you love it and will find it useful in your own classroom.


 

39 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! This idea is AMAZING! My students visit the computer lab every two weeks. I am over the moon excited to find some new sites to check out and a great way to manage their work. Now, I am off to pin this awesome freebie so that others will find out about it, too! Thanks again!

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  2. These are soooooo cute! I haven't heard of some of these sites before so I cannot wait to check them out! Thank you so much for the freebie! And smart thinking Jennifer, I am off to pin this too!

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    1. Thanks bunches! I plan on continuing to add to this list over the summer. I have had more suggestions on Instagram, so I want to add those too!

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  3. What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I cannot wait to use them with my kiddos :)!!!

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  4. Adorable! I've seen some new sites to explore. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Wow! Thanks for this resource! So many sites to check out! Finally, something other than Spelling City and AR for my kids to do! Yay!

    Thrills in Third Grade

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  6. These are wonderful! I have been using google chrome to link all my classroom computers together and then the bar across the top matches on all of them. This would allow us to access other sites that I don't have bookmarked! Thank you! (Not to mention they are ADORABLE!!)

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  7. This idea is amazing! I have been trying to click on the images but it says the page can't be displayed. :(

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    1. Never mind. It worked in Chrome but I don't know how to delete my comment so ignore it! :)

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  8. These will be great for Fun Fridays! Thank you for taking the time:)

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  9. Love it! I am pinning now!

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  10. Thanks! Love this! Caught it on Instagram!
    This will be useful during workstations!
    Carrie

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  11. I love this freebie! Thanks so much! I was wondering if you could add another website for me- I would love a spelling city card as well as a sum dog card. Let me know if that would be possible! Thank you again.

    Kori
    kori.markussen@ttu.edu

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    1. Hi Kori,
      I can definitely add those 2 sites to my next update. I'm getting ready to go back to work, but I'm hoping to make another update within the next couple weeks. Thanks for the great suggestions.
      :) Colleen

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    2. The update is complete. You can head back to TPT to update the newest version.
      :) Colleen

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  12. Thank you! These are great! Do you know which of these give students free access? Just pinned!!! :)

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    1. Hi Christina,
      I included a list of which sites are free and which are paid subscriptions in my latest update. If you head back to TPT, you can download the newest update.
      Thanks a bunch for the suggestion.
      :) Colleen

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  13. I love these! Can you add a few for me? My OCD is kicking in and I want them to all look the same :) let me know if this is possible! Thank you!
    Join Free: www.adaptedmath.com
    Join Free: www.xtramath.com
    Free: www.multiplication.com
    Free: www.learninggamesforkids.com
    Free: www.mrnussbaum.com
    I think this next one is Georgia only: https://www.georgiaoas.org/servlet/a2l

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    1. I have had a lot of trouble with this document, so I can no longer modify it. I can definitely make the cards you'd like, but I will have to create them in a separate file. I have another project I'm currently working on, but as soon as I finish it, I can send the additional cards your way. Can you leave an email?
      Thanks!
      Colleen

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    2. I sent you an email! Thank you so much!

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  14. I messed up on my last comment: the first one should say www.adaptedmind.com and the second one should say www.xtramath.org! Sorry!

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  15. Have you tried symbalooedu.com? I created a class webmix with all the sites I will let my kids go to. The sites are directly Li ked to symbolic so no fumbling or mistyped addresses.

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    1. That sounds great!!! I will definitely check this out. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
      :)Colleen

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    2. Hi Veronica,

      How do you share the symbalooedu.com to other computers so kids can access them?

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    3. Hi Shelly,
      I created an additional resource with the computer choice cards this summer that you may be interested in. I plan on uploading it to TPT in the next few days. The PDF will have images of all the cards with links. You can keep it open on your student computers, and they will simply be able to click on the sites they want to go to. It will eliminate the need for them to manually type in the web address. I'm super excited to use it with my kids this year! You can get a peek of it on my Instagram account.
      :) Colleen

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  16. That's So GREAT that you made it a freebie!!! You're awesome!

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  17. This is so cute and will be very useful in the classroom! Thank you!

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  18. Thank you so much for these! I will love having them for the students.

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  19. This is absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing it FREE!
    Two questions: What font did you use? Did it come with all of those wonderful patterns and colors or did you add them?
    And: Have you thought about adding QR Codes so that kids could scan them and jump directly to the website if they were using a tablet?
    Thanks so much!
    Heidi Butkus

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    1. Hi Heidi,
      The individual letters and flowers I used came from Lemon Tree Studios. You can find her on Etsy. Her graphics are adorable. I also used a bunch of other fonts in addition to the letters. If you look under properties in the PDF, you can get a list of all the fonts I used. I Don't have QR codes for them, which is a fantastic idea. But, I created something else this summer that should work similar. I created a resource with all the computer choice card images with links. There are 9 to a page because I wanted them large enough for students to read. I plan to keep it open on the desktop of all my computers, and my students can click on the card they want to visit. This will eliminate all the time it takes to type in the web addresses. I plan to upload this resource in the next couple days.

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  20. Thank you for sharing these ADORABLE cards for free!!! Are these editable in case we would like to add our own sites? Which font did you use? It's so cute!!!

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    1. I'm sorry they aren't editable. There are so many different fonts and graphics involved that are copyright protected, so I was not able to easily create an editable version.

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  21. Hi! Really nice cards ;)... I was wondering if it's possible to get a file of them so I can change te words on the card (or a password to unloch the PDF-file). I'm a teacher in Belgium, so my students only speak dutch... Thx anyway...

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  22. Hi Tim,
    Unfortunately I won't be able to be of much help. In order to protect the copyrights on the graphics within the resource, I am required by law to keep the document secured.
    Thanks!
    Colleen

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  23. These resources are indeed very helpful. Something that my me & my co-Teachers working on essay writing help can use in making sure that our students have their own computer choices. Kudos to your creativity!

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