I teach math using a small group approach. When I am working with students in the teacher zone, I have students working at three other zones.

This is how I set up a technology zone, a place for my kinders to practice math skills and Common Core standards using websites.

## Why I Created a Technology Zone

When I planned out what I wanted my guided math time to look like, I knew I wanted small enough groups to make it worthwhile and therefore needed a good set of other activities to engage students in.

Technology was the perfect solution in addition to using math games, math journals and me, the teacher!

Before I begin to roll this zone {ahem, center or station would work too} out for you, let me preface by saying that I began using this** before** I had the technology within my classroom for a small group of up to 6 students.

That was tricky but we made it work by using other resources. Let me also preface that **I do not teach in a Title 1 school**. We receive no cash in order to provide a subscription to programs for my kinders.

**I had to create my own** if I wanted standards-specific material.

*On a side note,* I got to pilot Dreambox last year and wish I had it for my entire class. It works perfectly for a system like math zones! If you can get funding for it – I highly recommend it kindergarten teacher-to-kindergarten teacher.

You can also purchase the ones I’ve made or make your own collection of favorite math activities to make it happen in your classroom.

## How it Works

I use dropbox to place the set of pages onto each computer in my classroom. When I update the file within the folder, it automatically is updated on every computer. (You can also upload it to your school’s network and it would work the same way!)

Students click on the assigned week. This takes them to a page where they choose their general level.

This allows me to differentiate the games my students play. We all have the accelerated, on target and needing additional support students… so there is a page of games for each level, for each set of weeks.

What do the stars mean?

They help me create levels and differentiate all kinds of math games and activities.

The more stars = the more support needed.

In my class it usually works out to have one group of 1 star, one group of 3 stars and two groups of 2 stars.

Each page of games lasts for 2 weeks. Since my students will only go to this zone 4 times within the 2 week time frame, they actually have the opportunity to play each game up to 4 times.

Each page of games is simply a beautifully numbered list that students click on to play in order.

There are 4 sets of games since we have 4 quarters in our school year.

This first one only shows weeks 4-9 since we don’t officially start groups until we’re independent enough and understand how to stay on task.

When students have completed the tasks, I have a set of math videos that they watch and learn from which helps make this feel more open-ended and allow for students in all levels to have common ground.

I love that I can tell from across the classroom where someone is at just by glancing at the computer screen!

Since these are a carefully collected set of math games online (none of which require a subscription), put together in a pdf – you should be able to use them on almost any device!

If you can open both a pdf in Adobe Reader and internet links on your device, then you {{should}} be able to use these in your classroom.

Though I would recommend it mainly for computer tablets, desktops and laptops. There are flash games I’ve linked to which **won’t work on an iPad**.

## Technology Zone Game Tips

Here are my tips for using these:

- Model completing the lesson page (with more explicit instruction early on) in small groups.
- Model what the end of an activity looks like so students know when they’re expected to exit (eventually many sites will become familiar and they will not need as much direction).

- When students ask for help reply with, “What makes good sense?”
- Use the ten frames under an activity’s title to model how many times you’d like them to repeat the activity.

If you like this format, you may also like the combined math and language arts Computer Lab Lesson Plan Pages that we use in our regular computer lab times.

These help me work smart in the course of the school year and allow me to build technology into what we do everyday! Watch the video tutorial and see a sample.

Computer Center Math | Kindergarten | Cool Math for Kids | Differentiated

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Stacy Kleinschmidt says

You stated some of the computer games won’t work on iPads about how many will not work? Each one of our students will soon have their own iPad so I was hoping to purchase the tech zone set for my students. Will it still be beneficial to purchase for the iPads?

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Hi Stacy,

Would you guess that I’ve actually never counted? We may need to find some others who’ve tested it and see what they think!

Jennie says

You’re awesome Leslie! I’m always amazed at what you do for your students. And….I a always so greatful about how you share your knowledge and resources with other kindergarten teachers like me. THANK YOU!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Hi Jennie,

Thanks! Enjoy!

– Leslie

Emily Dale says

Leslie, thank you for the free technology Zone download!!! I will be using it to reinforce skills in my classroom. Lucky for me, I work in a Title 1 school so I have access to 6 iPads a day! That’s 6 kiddos who can go to the technology zone at one time!!! Thanks again

Emily Dale

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

Oooooh, you are so fortunate to have those! Enjoy – that seems like an ideal situation to get all kids on task!

– Leslie