I blogged previously about my favorite vocabulary review website memrise.com. At the second BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) workshop I took this summer, Teacher Re-Boot Camp, presenter Nancy Schmidt mentioned the idea of using a wireless keyboard with elementary students to increase involvement in activities. The design of memrise with its percentages and rankings already engaged students competitively. When they are actively passing a wireless keyboard and mouse from student to student, racing against the memrise timer, they are physically involved, and the intensity and engagement is definitely kicked up.
I paid about $40 at Staples for my wireless keyboard/mouse set. I then (of course) spotted a set at Big Lots for about $10. Sigh. The point is, this hardware can be found for a relatively minimal investment, and can add a lot to your class.
What do you think?