If you have never worked with Microsoft’s Photo Story, it is definitely something you need to try! I was just introduced to it this semester at my college campus and it is amazing how many different things you can do with it. All you need to create a presentation is several pictures. Using these pictures, you can add personal voice narration, special effects, and music to your project. You can also personalize everything with titles and captions. If you get a chance, look into the program because it is great tool to use in the classroom, and a bonus-- it’s free!
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I haven't really had a bad experience in the classroom with technology but I do believe in the products of DEPCO, LLC. They have many different forms of curriculum and help children learn on the products professionals use.
My new favorite technology is Prezi. It is great for class presentations. It is really easy to learn how to learn. One technology that I am not too fond of is Scratch. It is a programming technology. You can create interactive games and stories with it, but I found it kind of confusing and difficult to navigate.
At present I too will commit to Prezi. What an awesome presentation experience. I've had my son helping me with it (all the kids in his high school are using it).
For the past three years I have used Premier AT in my learning strategies class. It is software on the adaptive technologies list that allows students to have text, websites, books, PDFs, etc, magnified, read, edited, etc. You name, Premier does it. It is great for LD students, Autistic students, and anyone else who might be struggling academically in your class.
Favorite: Google Apps for Education
Worst: MovieMaker - it crashes all the time and is not compatible with newer mini-camcorders unless you convert the videos which is a pain!
I am currently studying to be a teacher, in my second year so I am not sure if I qualify for your question, but would like to post! :) I know that in the school I observed, the children had computer time where there was a website with interactive games to reinforce learning. The students always wanted to go and be the first ones to play. It was engaging and the children learned how to maneuver a computer better as well! I hope this helps!
As a student using iMovie was my favorite way to use technology in the classroom. It allowed my fellow peers and me to learn a new type of technology and for us to show our creative sides.
I have seen a teacher use smart boards in her classroom and the students loved it. You can do a lot of activities from presentations to youtube videos to math problems.