I use iPads and Kindles during centers or independent practice. Students can practice reading skills and vocabulary. Popplet is a great app for many subject areas. The students can make a web to practice character traits or cause and effect. Students practice vocabulary using Haiku Deck. They can create slideshows with it and choose different backgrounds. I also have students practice finding text evidence by using an app called Paperport Notes. The app allows students to highlight text and use digital sticky notes.
I am lucky to have several chromebooks which my students use during centers or independent work. Quizlet is a great site for vocabulary practice. I can add any vocabulary words, and students can choose from several fun activities for practice.
My students love to use digital task cards. Digital task cards are just like paper task cards. They can be used for almost any skill, but digital task cards don’t need to be cut and laminated. They’re much easier and they save paper. Of course, they’re just as fun and educational for the students.
My advice for teachers would be to take it slowly. Experiment with different apps and websites. Don’t try to introduce too many new apps/sites at once.