I teach a 4th grade class and keeping student attention can often be difficult. (I'm sure everyone here can relate). I just wanted to share that something that has been working well for me is that I have been using a more electronic approach to make my lesson plans appear more dynamic and engaging and so far it has worked!
My school is in a poorer district and most of our classrooms are not equipped with smart boards or projectors. We work with overheads mostly but recently I managed to get a small projector that has tablet and laptop connectivity.
Now I am able to access Khan Academy or Youtube lessons easily to help visually drive home the purpose of a lesson (I know after 6 hours, I would be tired of my voice too
). This generous of kids is definitely more tech-savvy then the one I grew up with so it is important to meet them on their terms.
*Projector- AAXA P4x LED Pico Projector
*Laptop - Lenovo Ideapad
*Sites used: KhanAcademy, RSAanimate, AEShare.net, AppleLearing Exchange and ATutor.
I would love to hear more if anyone here has had a similar experience and if they know of any other Open Educational resources I can incorporate in my lesson plans.