For the first two weeks, I've only given the kids about 20 minutes in centers, and have reserved 25 minutes for a direct lesson. I'm not entirely sure that the 20 minutes has been sufficient to tackle some of the bigger things we're doing, and may make some modifications.
Links to center directions and websites that I used to help create the centers are all in brackets below.
ComputersFor the [Computer Center], students are practicing shelving books using Mrs. Lodge's Shelve It Game, which you can find [here]. The kids are loving this game, and find it easy to access and manipulate. If you haven't been on Mrs. Lodge's site, you should spend some time there! She has some wonderful ideas for centers. Check out her website [here] and follow her on Twitter @MrsLodge [here].
ExploreIn the [Explore Center], 2nd graders are practicing using QR codes with the iPads. They are using [Wonderopolis] to learn about about the Wonder of the Day. I like this site because students can watch a video, read about a topic or use the "Listen" feature to have the text read to them. Some of the topics have been a little advanced for 2nd graders, but so far the kids have seemed completely engaged in the content.
ReadStudents in the[Read Center] choose their books and then spend time enjoying independent reading. They always have the option to choose to read a magazine from our subscriptions, and many of them do choose that.
RetellThe [Retell Center] is one that is taking a bit of time. The kids are using a QR code and QR Code reader to go directly to our FollettShelf shelf page. They are practicing logging into FollettShelf with their usernames and passwords and are selecting a book to read and retell to each other.
I attached the center directions to a legal size, expandable folder. For QR Code generators, I like to create them with Kaywa, which is linked [here] and the students are primarily using I-nigma, for the QR Reader, which you can find [here].
If you choose to re-create this center, I would suggest taking some time in considering the kind of info you would collect on your own form. I may revise it to leave off the date and time, because the form automatically includes that information, but the kids like to enter the date and time - it make it seem more official.