Utilizing Student-Owned Devices

University of Idaho

Students are accustomed to having nearly constant access to digital devices outside of the classroom, so why not find ways to incorporate the use of student-owned devices inside the classroom? Here are three possibilities to assist teachers with integrating student-owned devices to enhance lessons, increase communication, and engage students:


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Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. For K to 5.

Scratch Literature Review

Architect Studio 3D from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

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Students can learn about architecture, the design process, and Frank Lloyd Wright's work. The Design Studio allows students to create a house using the whole design process. Site also includes curriculum connection for teachers and challenges for student enrichment. For K to 8.

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An educational website from Canada's National Arts Centre. Learn about orchestral music, musicians, composers, and conductors; English and French Theatre; and dance. Includes pages for students, teachers, and parents. For all grade levels.


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ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching the arts. Includes lessons and standards for teachers as well as sections for family, students, and multimedia resources. Includes resources for dance, theater, music, and visual arts. For all grade levels.

Teaching Channel

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Videos of innovative teaching practices from teachers across the country. Browse by subject, grade, or topics. For all grade levels. For all grade levels.

Tag Galaxy

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Use this tool to instantly gather hundreds of images by entering a tag on any subject. Globes pop up with the subject you entered and associated terms. The visual effect of the photos being gathered is intriguing and inviting which will surely prompt discussion on the topic. Click on an image to find its source. For all grade levels.


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Students can create speaking avatars for projects in any subject. Includes a lesson plan and activities database and Voki Classroom option to manage student accounts. For all grade levels.


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Great web 2.0 tool for digital storytelling or videos combining pictures, video, text, and music.! 30 second creations are free. Animoto is also available as an iOS app. For all grade levels.


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