Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Years Resolutions! Techno Style!

I’m teaming up with some of my bloggy BFFs for a super fun linky and giveaway series!  This is a LONG post, but there is a special surprise when you get to the end…

 (Thanks Amy Lemons for the great graphic!)

First, I’ll share with your some of the ways that I use technology in my classroom.  I’m pretty lucky to work in a district that really emphasizes the use of technology with kids!
Here is what I use on a daily basis:
Promethean IWB
  If you have one in your room, you are lucky.  Just be sure you are not using it as a “glorified” overhead projector!  There is so much you can do with your IWB.  I use it on a daily basis for calendar time, literacy and math centers, and daily activities (math and language).  It does take TIME to make things interactive and useable for your kiddos, but they LOVE it.  I take a lot of my centers and import the PDF to a flipchart and use the camera tool to make them interactive.
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If you have an IWB and are looking for some activities to do on it and are not quite ready to build your own flipcharts, try out the Lakeshore activities for your IWB.
Patterning Adventures Interactive Activities Word Building Fun Factory Interactive Game
These fun games are super easy to pop into your computer and use as a time – filler, a whole lesson, or as a math or literacy center. My kids have enjoyed using both, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more. There are many Lakeshore games available for the ipad too! I love all Lakeshore products and these certainly don’t disappoint! The colors and graphics are fun and engaging for kids. It’s super easy for kids to work on independently – they are such naturals with technology!
Psst…keep reading for a chance to win some of these awesome software titles!
Ipads:
imageI was lucky enough to receive a grant to have 5 ipads in my classroom! Yeah!  So far, we have been using them during centers and for whole group lessons.
Some that we have used are:
There are things that your kids will never love: a long car trip, a neverending flight, a boring dinner at the restaurant... With magnetic alphabet this won't be a problem anymore!
Magnetic letters.  The free version only has uppercase.  We’ve use this for word building and other word work in small and large group.  (I hook my ipad up to my IWB.)
LetterSchool allows you to choose a specific type of handwriting style (Handwriting Without Tears) . It has wonderful animations! Try the free Lite version.
Letter School.  I LOVE this app, and the kids do too.  I purchased the full version for my daughter and she loves it too!  It teach the correct path of motion in a super fun way!
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This app is called Monster Squeeze.  It goes with our Every Day Math Curriculum.  The children love it! It’s not a free app, but EDM often has if for free during the NCTM conference in the fall.
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This is a free app you can use to practice sight words.  There is also one with a blue background.  You can’t choose the words, but the children still enjoy it. 
These are just a few off the top of my head, but I will blog more about the apps we are using at another time!
iTunes and iPod:
If you’re like me, you have TONS of CDs, and probably can’t remember all the songs that you have! I store all of my CDs on my school computer. I upload them into iTunes and create playlists.  I have an iPod and dock that I keep at school and keep my songs on there.  BUT, most often, I just search for the song that I want on my iTunes on my computer. This is the absolute EASIEST way to store music.  I don’t have to fumble with CDs anymore!
I’ll also create a page on my calendar flipchart for each month with my morning opening songs.  I call this my monthly “jukebox.”  I add a cute clipart and link the song to the clipart.  I just click on the song and it’s ready to go!
I will do this with YouTube videos as well – except I take a screen shot of the video, and then I link to it from the flipchart. I wish I could show you a picture of these two flipchart pages, but I don’t have my school computer with me!
Fitness and Technology:
Yes, sometimes it IS too cold to go outside in ND.  Usually when the windchill is below 0 we will stay inside.  One of the activities that my kiddos LOVE doing is Adventure to Fitness.
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Adventure to Fitness is a 30 minute interactive workout.  The kids LOVE it, and I love that they still can get up and move around during our inside recess.  HIGHLY recommended by my kinders!
Listening Center:
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This is another center that I have weekly.  Generally the children share the book, but this time I had multiple copies.  After they have finished listening, they will respond to a prompt that I have provided for them in their yellow books that you see in the picture.
MP3 Players:
One of my goals for the remainder of the year is to incorporate these little guys:

I have 4 of these that I received from a grant.  I hope to be able to upload a variety of books that the children can listen to after they finish their literacy centers.

I also have these:
Listen & Learn Letter Sounds Activity Program Listen & Learn Phonemic Awareness Activity Program
and I have a math one, but can’t seem to find it on Lakeshore’s site.  I want to use my mp3 players with these for independent work too.
Phew, I could go ON and ON about technology.  What are your favorites for technology?  What are your resolutions?  Post with a comment below!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway What are your technology resolutions?  What are you doing that works well?  Link up below and share!  Maybe you don’t know how to enter a linky – make that resolution #1!  Maybe you don’t know how to enter a giveaway?  Make that resolution #2!

Be sure to check out 2nd Grade Shenanigans for tomorrows link-up!

167 comments:

  1. Hi~
    What a great question!
    I vow to use my computer center more with some great activities on them. I also must start to use my iPads more in the new year!
    Robyn

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  2. I absolutely love technology! In 2013 i really want to be able to use my IWB more as an independent station! I already use it everyday but Im not sure If I am effectively using it during that time!

    Karmen
    Karmens Kinders

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  3. A much needed resolution for me...setting up my computers to be student friendly for listen to reading and figuring out how to use my iPad with my IWB. Great giveaway!

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  4. I use my Smartboard for calendar, videos, brain breaks, whole group lessons, everything! My kids love to listen to stories on Bookflix (subscription required) and the free Storyline Online. We also have several Lakeshore games they use for centers! They love them so much they often ask to play with them during inside recess. I have to say their favorite thing is youtube videos for brain breaks where they can sing and dance. I have a pinterest board called Kindergarten Videos where I keep all the videos I like. It makes for easy access and is safer than just opening up up Youtube where you may get questionable content.

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  5. I'd like to use my one iPad more effectively with my students throughout the day. Currently, it is used during Daily 5 but I want to use it for Math Work Stations as well. I'd also like to continue to create QR codes for my students. They love them.

    Learning with Mrs. Parker

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    1. I would love to hear more about how you use QR codes!!

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    2. Here is the blog post I wrote about it.
      http://learningwithmrsparker.blogspot.com/2012/11/qr-codes-and-word-work.html?m=1

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    3. QR Codes are awesome!! I do wish however, that they could be used w/ pictures -- its all read-able text. Using it for sight words is a GREAT idea!! They are super EASY to make!! Thanks for the blog post!!

      Sarah
      shetrick@gmail.com

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  6. One of my goals is to get an IWB. This is my first year teaching after MANY years at home and the last three I spent subbing and LOVE IWB!! I also received 4 MP3 players from a grand and 2 iPods from a friend!! I have used them in listening station..... NEVER thought about using them to record directions!! great idea

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  7. Oh and also to get more iPads.... Currently I have 1

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  8. I have an IWB and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! We also have 5 Ipads that I use in both literacy and math centers. My goal is to use my IWB for small group activities in the ways you described above. Thanks for always being so inspiring!
    Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu

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    1. I was hesitant in the beginning to use my IWB for centers. We have district issued laptops that we use to connect with, and I always bring mine home. I always fear that I am sick and the kids won't have that center. BUT, I realized that there are always 2nd choices the kids could do instead of that center! It's only for 1 day! :) Now that I'm on vacation, I'll miss the first 2 days back at school, so I just left my laptop there for the sub!

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  9. I do not have an IWB but I do use my elmo all of the time. I resolve to incorporate more video and music into my day. I like the idea of putting everything on the computer to make it easier. Not sure I will get to that resolution before summer though! Thanks for always sharing your ideas. Happy 2013!

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  10. i need to use my smartboard more! in my old classroom, i used it daily. in my new classroom, it is more difficult bc it is not mounted and there is no space for the class to sit near it :(

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    1. BOO! Could you rearrange your classroom somehow? Think outside of the box?

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  11. I love my Smartboard and often wonder how I ever taught without it! Can't wait to check out Marie's Pinterest board. My next goal is to use my iPad more effectively in my classroom...I only have 1.

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  12. My Kinders can't reach my SmartBoard =( I need to try and find a long stool for them to get to it! (as I have seen on some blogs)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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    1. Have someone make one for you! Just make sure that it is deep enough -- 4 feet is probably best. I have one that's only about a foot deep, and it really isn't big enough. I friend has one that is more like a platform and it's so much better! I don't use my stool anymore. MOST times they can reach things. I build flipcharts with that in mind!

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  13. I have a Smart Board that my kids use everyday. One of my goals has always been to be sure that the kids are using it (otherwise, as you said, it is just a glorified overhead). My goal now is for the kids to use it as an independent station. I haven't ever been able to figure out the management of this because they get really loud. I will have to try though!
    Jennifer

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  14. I'm looking to write a grant to get a Smart Board and/or Ipads. My school desperately lacks technology! :(

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  15. I would also love to get ipods and use them in my listening center! Whatever technology I can get my hands on would be fantastic!!!!!

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  16. I would love to have more technology in our room...we are a bit behind the times, so I would like to find out what would be the most beneficial for the students!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  17. I am getting a Promethean Board in January. I am looking for ways to incorporate it into my class of 2nd graders.

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  18. I want to use mastery connect more often and really utilize planbook.com

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  19. I have a couple of Lakehore IWB games, I need to incorporate them into a center too! Off to write a post myself!
    Kaci

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  20. I need to use my Ipad more with my students. When I have used it, they are so engaged in the lesson.

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  21. I would love to write a grant for more Ipads in my classroom to use for literacy and math centers.

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  22. I would like to use the iPads with my students. We have a class set to share and I haven't tried them out yet. I would also like to utilize mastery connect more and perhaps start a digital portfolio.

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  23. I have a smartboard, but it is NOT always SMART! One of us doesn't ALWAYS know what we are doing. I think I will make sure it's NOT me! Trying to be better with smartbaord this year, or next year, or the coming years. No procrastination there!:) Happy New Year!
    wendy
    http://1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks for all of the great tips. My goal is to get a cord to connect my iPad to my white board to utilize it more whole group and just working on getting apps for my kids to use. I also use a listening center and my classroom has mini computers that my kids use to go on starfall.com or reading eggs.com. I would also LOVE to have some classroom IPads to use with my students.

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  25. I got a tablet last year that I have yet to use this year. I also want to make the computers available as a center.

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  26. I love my IWB! It is my favorite part of my classroom! I would LOVE an iPad! So my resolution is to do a DonorsChoose project and get an iPad for my classroom! I love technology!
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  27. I am fortunate to have a smart board in my classroom. My goal is to use it more this half of the year. There are so many wonderful resources and I often forget to include them in my plans.
    Michelle
    Mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  28. I LOVE my SmartBoard ~ I just don't use it enough during centers because my class is so SO loud this year. It's a working loud, but I find other teachers are closing their doors because my Littles just have very loud voices ~ so it's my goal to NOT CARE and just let them go for it. I have some great Lakeshore titles to use.
    ❤Tanya
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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  29. I'm envious of all you people with smartboards! My goal is to find a way to get some technology into my classroom. Grants, maybe?

    mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

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  30. I need to use my Smartboard more! That is my resolution. You are amazing!

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  31. I would love to get more iPads for my class. We have one, but more would be great. I want to incorporate using the one I have more during the day.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  32. I love using my smart board in my classroom. I use it daily as a literacy station with a couple Lakeshore games. My resolution is to start creating more activities for the smartboard to do as a whole class or small group.

    Amanda
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten
    mrspauleyskindergarten@gmail.com

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  33. I hope to really incorporate the ipad and interactive whiteboard into the classroom more.
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  34. I also teach at a school devoted to technology ... my kiddos love it! I am wanting to incorporate the white board more. Could you give a tutorial on making flip charts?

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  35. I don't have the luxury of this smartboard you all speak of..... :-) I also don't have iPads, tablets, etc. in my classroom (or in our entire school). My school does have a smartboard set up in another classroom for us to sign up to use, but haven't taken advantage of it yet. I finally got a document camera and projector and thought I was in heaven! I am going to learn how to use it more in my lessons and venture off to the smartboard room and see what I can accomplish there. I would also like to write a grant for an iPad and/or smartboard to use in my own classroom.

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  36. I don't have the luxury of this smartboard you all speak of..... :-) I also don't have iPads, tablets, etc. in my classroom (or in our entire school). My school does have a smartboard set up in another classroom for us to sign up to use, but haven't taken advantage of it yet. I finally got a document camera and projector and thought I was in heaven! I am going to learn how to use it more in my lessons and venture off to the smartboard room and see what I can accomplish there. I would also like to write a grant for an iPad and/or smartboard to use in my own classroom.

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  37. I love technology. My district has given every teacher a document camera and a SmartBoard. We keep hearing that we will soon see I-Pads in every classroom. That hasn't happened yet, but we do have some in our library that we can borrow. Thanks for offering such great prizes.

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  38. Hi Kathleen!
    I absolutely love your blog, everything you make, and your name! My resolution is to actually start blogging. I have come up with my blogger name (kindergartenkathleen) but now I have to figure out how to do all the technical blogger stuff that you seem to be a pro at! Also, I am only a second year teacher, so I am hoping I can do it! Wish me luck and I would love any pointers or suggestions.

    Keep up the awesome work!
    Kathleen too :)!

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  39. Can't live without my smart board, doc camera, or projector. My current favorite to do is Scholastic News interactive. The kids love using the smart board with it.

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  40. I would like to make a resolution to do more with my IWB. I would really like to use it for my calendar time and need to use it for more than a "glorified" overhead. I'm guilty of that...
    I have a couple of the interactive Lakeshore games and my kids love them. I would love to add more to my collection!

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  41. I just got an iPad for Christmas (had no idea that was coming!) and I want to use it in my classroom. Thanks for the tips on how you use yours! :)

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  42. My district is hopefully installing the short arm projector in my room over the break. I have the components to a Mobi system and can't wait to start using the interactive Mobi learners and clickers with my 2nd graders!
    Jeanne

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  43. Oh gosh, I want to use the stuff that I have in my room on a daily basis for my kids. It gets to crazy, I feel like I do a horrible job with using the listening center, Leapsters, I am bound and determined to a much better job!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  44. I want to utilize our ipads more for group and individual lessons!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  45. I resolve to keep everything charged!

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  46. I want to utilize the many features of my IWB in the New Year! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Kelly
    Thirsty Firsties

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  47. I want to write a grant for iPads in my classroom!

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  48. This is my first year with a SMART board in my kindergarten classroom, and I'm just learning all that I can do with it. Unfortunately, my home computer doesn't have the software so I can't make my own stuff over the holiday break!(or I should say, I haven't figured out a way!) I also purchased my own iPad this summer, and I have taken it in to school to use in the classroom. I use it as a reward for great behavior, and also for individual tutoring. The kids love it of course.

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  49. I have a smartboard and use it daily. We do calendar everyday on it. As well as, many other things. I am in the process of taking my Ipod with my classroom music and converting to the smart board.

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  50. I also want to work on creating my own interactive lessons instead of finding them places! I am thankful for all of the resources, but want to get better at using ActivInspire!

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  51. I want more technology in my room. I want a Smart Board and some iPads. All I have is a document reader and projector.
    Liz Salcido
    esalcido@lausd.net

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  52. Thanks for the app and internet resources...just what I was needing!!!

    Leanne
    Mrs.Prince & Co.

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  53. Hi Kathleen,

    I just wrote a post about an app that I am using in my classroom! I will link it to your post and all your great ideas. I have an IWB and love it! I only have one iPad so my goal is to get at least 5 more, or some Chromebooks. I want to devote more time to beefing up the use of technology in my teaching!

    Thanks,
    Jane
    Learning in the Little Apple

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  54. Thank you for this great post! I have a SMARTBoard and am guilty of not doing very many interactive lessons on it. My goal for the new year is to use it for centers and interactive whole group lessons. I also love the idea of more you tube videos for brain breaks! Love the inspiration!

    Shauna McElroy
    shaunamcelroy@hotmail.com

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  55. Finding the time to set up the technology with what is needed. I seem to have devices available, but all the prep work is what is keeping me from using them to their full potential. There never seems to be time to get things the way I want them...

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  56. I would love to have more technology in my room... I just recently got an elmo and a projector and am in Heaven.
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  57. My technology resolution is to use my SMART board in smarter ways. I want to try to create interactive lessons.

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  58. I have a lot of goals for the new year, but my biggest technology goal is to become better at blogging. I started a blog awhile back, but have been neglecting it. Wish me luck! :)

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  59. I want to figure out how to use youtube in my classroom. It is blocked in my district and there is so much we CAN'T use. Ugh!

    Amy
    mellosmemos@gmail.com

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  60. My tech new year's resolution is to master my SMARTboard. Some days I feel it's smarter than me :). My regular resolution is to be better about returning phone calls! I am awful at remembering to call people back. Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

    Ashlie
    anreader@gmail.com

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  61. I just got a SMART board in my room this fall. I am so on the hunt for things to do with it. You have inspired me to get cracking on finding more things I can do with it. Thanks!

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  62. I would love nothing more than to have a SMARTboard inmy room. But alas, not this year. This year, I plan to utilize our books on CD and tape more. Also, I'd like to use our 2 student computers for more writing opportunities

    rachaelaschauer@gmail.com

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  63. I would love to become more techno savvy in 2013. We have a promethean but I hate having to spend the time to search for flipcharts or convert to flipcharts.The games from Lakeshore look awesome! Would love to win them or the bloggy giveaway! Hope you and your family are doing well! Leigh Ann

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  64. Just looked at Adventure Mark - looks like so much fun. This year, I would love to develop some great uses for the 5 iPads we have in the classroom! The kids LOVE them :)

    Kate
    katewintuska@insightbb.com

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  65. I would like to get the kids up to the smart board more often. We use it for lots of stuff but they love to be on it.

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  66. I have a Smart Board and use it all of the time. They recently installed an Epson projector in my room for me to try. My resolution is to actually try it. So far, I've just turned it on, but it sounds really cool! Susan
    suzun01@sbcglobal.net

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  67. I got a Promethean a few months ago and definitely need new ideas! I would love to win.
    Stephanie
    sburgess@scsk12.org

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  68. I am blessed to have a lot of technology in my classroom (although no ipads or tablets), but I need to create more interactive lessons to use with them. I love how you do such an awesome job of integrating technology into your classroom!

    ~Julie
    TheHipTeacher

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  69. My goal is to use the smartboard more.
    yvonnee

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  70. Our school is adding 3 carts of 10 iPads. I look forward to being able to use them with my little loves.

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  71. I am so happy to have a smartboard in my room! My goal for 2013 is to train my little guys to use it during RTI independently :o)

    Ashlynn
    aewipf@gmail.com

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  72. My resolutions for technology: I want to use the ipads just made available at my school more, especially by giving my students creative tasks rather than just apps. I also want to start using the clicker response system my school has again. I used it several times last year, but have been distracted with too many new things this year. Thanks for the great giveaway and linky.
    Joell
    Totally Terrific Teaching

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  73. My technology resolution is to use the iPad more for interactive lessons on phonics and math.

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  74. Wow after reading your blog post I really need to use my mimio more than I do currently. Now just to find the time.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  75. What a fabulous post! I totally need to use my smartboard more and utilize some of the great technology that I am lucky to have! Great resolution!
    Curls and a Smile

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  76. Our district is using Schoology as a way to interact and communicate with students and parents. I will be working on posting my newsletter each week and getting each family signed up and using Schoology!

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  77. I love my SMART Board as well. But I do feel that there are so many other things I can do with it that I have only scratched the surface. I feel that way about most technology items. Would LOVE iPads!!

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  78. Great post, gave me some new ideas to try. I use some of the Lakeshore games on my smartboard with my kiddos and have 2 that I use on my one classroom iPad. I have started adding links on my opening smartboard routine which go to some of the Harry Kindergarten songs we use from youtube.

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  79. Great ideas! It does take time to get files together to use but you are right, the kids love it! I also use Mr. Marc (Adventure to Fitness) as an indoor recess alternative. My kiddos love it and beg to do it on Friday afternoons! We were in the top 5 classes in AZ last year and got to Skype with Mr. Marc himself, it was super awesome!

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  80. Love all your technology ideas. I would love to have any of that. We are in portables so have four computers and a listening station. Hope to expand with IPads. Thank you for the ideas!

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  81. I do not have a Smart board yet, but do have clickers that I have to say have not made it out of the box yet. My goal is to get them installed and USE them:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  82. My district has given me apple tv and an IPAD to use. I will learn to use them this year.

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  83. Thank you Kathleen!! I so enjoyed reading this and linking up! Happy New Year! :)

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  84. My school has an iPad cart w/a class set of iPads and each classroom is able to use it once a week. I finally signed up on the rotation, so I will be implementing that after we return on the 7th!

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  85. Thank you for this informative post. I am technologically ignorant. This year, I would like to incorporate the use if ipods in my class.

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  86. Love the wonderful post about Technology. I do have a Smartboard & 4 ipads for the classroom. I do use the SBoard on a daily basis for calendar time. I have used the camera tool to take pictures of my math workbook pages, so I can do things together with the kids.
    I would love to know more about how you make literacy and math centers. I would like to know more about how to make flip charts or what you mean by these and then import the PDF to a flipchart and use the camera tool to make them interactive. Not sure how you make them interactive.
    I also love the pictures of your ipad centers & then you have them write while they are working on the ipad? My resolution is to use the ipads better in 2013 instead of just for reward when work is done while waiting for others to finish.
    Thanks, Jackie jackie@acsnet.com

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  87. I have a Smartboard in my classroom and I use it for everything! In 2013 I hope to start my own blog and start selling on TPT! I love making lessons for the Smartboard!

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  88. I started using my IWB as a literacy center after reading your BLOG and my kids love it. I need to come up with more activities for them but as you mentioned, it does take TIME to make interactive flipcharts. I will check out Lakeshore products. Tammy

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  89. My resolution is to make better use of my IWB. You are so lucky to have a Promethian. Mine is Interwrite and although I know I'm blessed to have a board, it is very difficult to create interactive activities with. The software is very limited.

    Donna Williams
    darryl40w@att.net

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  90. I would like to use my iPad more that is actually get the kids on it and use my smart board ,ore.
    Denise

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  91. I LOVE technology! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have wanted to try the Lakeshore products and just have not had the chance to do so. Would be very excited to win!

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  92. I am supposed to be getting my smart board installed here over Christmas break. Regardless, there is one on wheels in our building too, I resolution is that I use it more with my students and feel more confident in using it too.

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  93. We have been thinking about the Lakeshore resources, I think we might need to invest in them! Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah

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  94. Thank you for the great post about Technology. My goal is to use the ipads in my room that the staff shares. What a great giveaway!

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  95. This year I'd really like to write a grant for some iPads for my classroom. I know my kids would really benefit from them and my district doesn't have ANY for classroom use. :-(. Donors Choose perhaps?

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  96. My top three are blogging more, learning about my new Cameo, and better organizing my school iPod!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  97. I love love love technology stuff. It's a great classroom resource and the kids are so engaged. Thanks for sharing those iPad apps!

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader...

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  98. My technology goal is to incorporate the iPads my school has bought in kindergarten. Thanks for the app suggestions!

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  99. Create a flip classroom and collaborate with my technology teacher.
    Tania
    Mysecondsense@gmail.com

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  100. Thanks for the awesome post! I joined your linky party and blogged about my technology tools and my resolutions too. :)
    -Aris
    Sailing Into Second

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  101. Well, this is the third time I’ve written this comment, so maybe I need to make learning how to complete a comment as one of my resolutions! Seriously, I want to be able to use MORE of the technology available to me in the second half of the year—most specifically, sign up to try the smart table we have and the I-pads we now have available. It is a challenge to figure out how to implement these tools in a way that the kids (AND their teacher) are comfortable enough to use them semi-independently. The second of my resolutions is really to try using technology to ‘publish’ some of the writing students do, whether it is typing it into a children’s word processing program, or creating a slide show or
    movie to highlight a class retelling. Wish me luck!

    Thank you for a great blog, Kathleen---and a very thought-provoking post!

    Liesl
    beachliesl@yahoo.com
    wildworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com

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  102. I want to implement a permanent Listening Center

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  103. I have a BrightLink projector hooked to my conputer that I use daily. I want to use to more, though, for calendar time and small groups centers. The Lakeshore software would be a great start! :-) mcoker@tds.net

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  104. My Techy resolution this year is to use my Smartboard more often. I mainly use it to project items from my Elmo--what a waste of technology. :)
    Barbara
    happyteachingsisters.blogspot.com
    meadowt@comcast.net

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  105. I want to find a better way to use my 2 iPod touch for my classroom. I also want to try and get an ipad to use with an autistic student in my room.

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  106. I'd love to get some iPads into my room for literacy and maths groups - the kids would love it!!

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  107. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my SMARTboard and document camera. I would be lost in my teaching without them. My goals for this year is to get more iPads in my classroom. Currently, I only have one and it is my personal iPad :( but they love it too!
    Michelle
    mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

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  108. Wow- I'm super impressed with all your technology. I use a Smartboard- but definitely NOT to its full potential. I use a wireless doc cam which I really love! I project just about everything we're doing onto my Smartboard. We go to the computer lab weekly & I always make sure my kids spend time learning computer skills on a program our district subscribes to- Learning.com. I have much to learn about technology in 2013! Carol cpolston3@yahoo.com

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  109. I love all of your ideas! I am lucky enough to have a projector, document camera, SMARTboard, wireless slate (which I recommend for every class...or finding a way to use the iPad wirelessly as a slate), clickers (which I also highly recommend. It makes it so easy to assess and reteach right there on the spot!), iPad (favorite app for literacy/math centers...Futaba!! I used this app because up to 4 kiddos can use it on 1 iPad! I also use Lakeshore apps, Storia, Spelling City, and Teach Me frequently). I love Lakeshore IWB on SMARTboard! I love Adventure Fitness! I love listening center (I have a cd player, Tumblebooks, or Leap Frog).
    My goal is to possibly start my own blog & start creating products for the classrooms. I'd also like to figure out how to project the iPad on my whiteboard!?!? :)

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  110. I just linked up but I see you're already on day 2...yikes!

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  111. I need to work on finding more preschool apps for Android. We have a Google Nexus for our little ones.

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  112. I would really like to organize my music into playlists on itunes! I really need to do that!! I have a SMARTboard, and an iPad for my classroom and I really thank you for your app suggestions!!!

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  113. I have had a student that really struggles w/ "letting" go of the technology time w/in the classroom when I can check out the ipad cart / ipod cart so I have not pushed the issue, however that then means that the rest of my students dont get access to those "tools" either. :( In January, I have a plan to bring both carts in more often, which really shouldnt be hard b/c its been soooo limited already! Wish us LUCK!!

    Sarah
    shetrick@gmail.com

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  114. We just got a Kindle Fire HD, so I would like to have the kids use it with educational apps.

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  115. My technology resolution is to incorporate iMovie into my classroom. I learned some great techniques at a technology conference, especially about how to make a movie trailer (so cool!). So now I need to bring that learning into my classroom. iMovie trailers can be great for getting the kids psyched to learn about a new unit and they can also be great for digitally retelling a story.
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

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  116. I would like to write a grant for Ipads. I plan to see if we can use some of my Lakeshore games at school.

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  117. My resolution is to start making resources for my SmartBoard again. I would also like to try and not be scared to check out our campus laptop cart. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  118. I'd like to use the two computers I've got in my classroom more effectively.

    Liz
    lamoya41@gmail.com

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  119. My resolution is to use digitize as much of my paper as possible so I have less paper in files.

    Liz
    lamoya41@gmail.com

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  120. I only have 2 student stations in my room but I would really like to start doing more power points in my whole group lesson.

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  122. My kindergarten classroom has virtually no opportunities for technology but I'm working on it. I would like to try your iTunes, iPod ideas.

    jdgarr@pacbell.net

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  123. I need to use the mimio board in my room more. I would also like to update my listening center- I am still using cassette tapes!

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  124. You posted some great ideas! I have got to get back to using my Smartboard everyday. Sharing the projector and laptop has made me a bit lazy and that will end in January. My goal is to learn to be more tech savy than my kids.
    tstead11@hotmail.com

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  125. I've just got to be more diligent about it!! Most of my things for technology were when I first discovered them, I've got to update them, to reflect my knowledge of technology today!!!

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  126. My resolution is to write a grant for an Activeboard and to try and get more headphones through Donors Choose. I teach Pre K and my kiddos have "accidently" destroyed 2 out of 3 of our headphones.

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  127. I feel like I am in the dark ages! I'm excited that I am finally getting a document reader installed over Christmas break! No more "oops I forgot to make a transparency!" I am trying to also learn how to use Garageband on my Mac to do student interviews. (learned about from another teacher)

    Pauline
    firstgradebythesea

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  128. My resolution is to implement the 4 netbooks and 4 ipads the county is issuing to my classroom.

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  129. The most difficult hurdle I have is finding authentic educational sites that are low or no cost for my kinders. My students have little to no exposure to technology at their homes, any suggestions?

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  130. QUESTION---how do you make the "booklet" that is pictured above the first rafflecopter? That is SO COOL!

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  131. You are so lucky. I have a smartboard...but the projector doesn't work...AGAIN. I confess to giving up a bit on technology and going old school. But then I see all the wonderful things everyone is doing and I try again.

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  132. I would love to get some iPads, too, to use in small group.
    lhammonds@consolidated.net

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  133. To use my new data projector in my classroom
    bryneven@hotmail.com

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  134. My resolution is to begin the day with my kiddos getting on the computer - EVERYDAY! :)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys@gmail.com

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  135. I would love to get some iPads for my kids to use!!!
    Irma

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  136. My technology resolution is to hunt for a grant to get ipads for my classroom!! Where did you find a grant like this??

    Thanks!

    Danielle
    danielledandrea@aol.com

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  137. I want to design lessons for my Smartboard, and start integrating my devices (iphones and iPads) into my main curriculum.
    ~Stacy Smith
    stacy.caudill@gmail.com

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  138. I want to beg administration at my school to purchase IWB's and then learn how to create all kinds of cool stuff for my kiddos to do with it! Tall order on both accounts, but we'll see!!!!

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  139. My technology resolution is to learn how to use my interactive whiteboard. I'm a little sad because I HAD a Smartboard but it was taken away and replaced with this new one. It is not touchscreen and the 'pen' is very difficult to maneuver. But I want to be fair and I cannot survive without something so I will do my best. :)
    Dianne
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

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  140. My tech resolution is to learn how to use my Mimeo for something other than to show my kiddos things on the internet. I know there are fabulous games and cute lessons for them, but I am just not too sure where to begin. My #2 tech resolution is to learn how to enter these giveaways. This is my first one :D

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  141. My Kinders BEG to do Adventure to Fitness every day, but I save it for rainy day recess.... Such a fabulous way to get wiggles out with my full day class!!

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  142. I love the iwb. Thanks for the lakeshore ideas. My new favorite is the document camera. I don't have to scan everything. I have to tell you I put your calendar on the smart board aNd love it this year. I will defiantly check your other iPad ideas out.

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  143. I have a Mobi and really want to use it more in literacy. I make math walls and we love them.

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  144. I love technology! I just had my IWB installed and I can't wait to start using it more with my kids. They are obsessed with it. I also received two iPod touches from a grant and I can't wait to use them as well. Thanks for your great ideas.

    Yeehaw! Teaching in Texas


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  145. None of my stuff I posted for the giveaway took last night :(. I want more technology in my classroom. Our school doesn't have it in our K classrooms. I've applied for a grant to get some iPod touches in my room.

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  147. I have to start using our school's iPads in my classroom.

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  148. My tech. Resolution is to use my SmartTable during center time. My school is very lucky to have received a table for every Kinder classroom!

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  149. My tech resolution is to blog more often-with the kids and on my own!

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  150. I am so jealous of all your technology. I would love to have your technology in my room. My technology resolution is a Promethean Board....I have asked for several years....Hopefully this will be the year. :)

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  151. I would love my technology in my classroom such as a SmartBoard.

    sn.nguyen19@gmail.com

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  152. We just got a Smartboard for our grade level! I am hoping to be able to use it more!

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  153. I have a smart board that I use daily as both an interactive board and a document camera. I recently received two Nook Colors that I would like to use daily, but I am having a hard time finding free apps for it and free books for the kids to listen/watch. If you have any suggestions please reply. I really enjoy your blog. :-)

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  154. I plan to document my student's activity with technology, and present it to their parents in a out of the box way.

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  155. We are getting a set of 4 iPads for the classroom. I can't wait!! I have the two lakeshore ipad apps that I plan to use as a station. I also want to do more with my smartboard. I need to spend more time getting used to creating my own activities.

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  156. We just got smartboards. So I am learning that. We are so behind in technology8-(. We do have an ipad cart but no apps on it yet soooo my goal is to get some apps.

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  157. I have recently started to use an ipad in a newly set up area in my room.

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