During Morning meeting, sometimes I choose to call each child up to the front of the room. Each student gets a turn to come to the front, find their name, recite their personal information (birthday, age, phone number and address). A way to SPICE this up was with a projector. Rather than calling them up, I use powerpoint to project their picture. The kids LOVE it!
On each slide, I have a board maker YES/NO symbol. I ask, "Is Shane Here?" and Shane comes up to the front of the class and touches yes or no if he is here. This is a fun and interactive way to answer the simple question!
When I got the projector, my first thought was CRAP. How am I going to keep this thing from breaking? My kids will knock it over! I decided to keep my desks in a u Shape in the center of the room. I added a large desk to the middle of the U and put all of the technology there. It has worked out to be pretty snug right there. I did rearrange my students so my four calmest students were surrounding the projector. During free/leisure time, I have an aide sit there while watching/engaging with the kids to keep curious kiddo's from touching it.
Heres a look at some of my old posts about morning meeting!:
All ABout Me
How do you use a projector in your classroom? Do you have any websites you like? I'd love new ideas! Thanks