Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw
MARCH 7, 2017
When you have shared iPads, Seesaw is a fantastic way to get the work off the iPads and into the online classroom. If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. This is a tool you’ll want to notice if you’re using iPads. Workflow using SeeSaw in the elementary Classroom. Listen Now.
Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners
User Generated Education
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem.
How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms
Shake Up Learning
MARCH 19, 2017
The post How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of my favorite features allows us to differentiate a form for students, meaning we can send students to different questions and pages of information based on how they answer each question. CLICK HERE to take the review and see how branching works.
How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?
JANUARY 26, 2016
This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. How to Get Started with Genius Hour?
Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level
DECEMBER 29, 2016
Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. Below is the compiled list brought to you by teachers that implement daily. She rocked it! Kahoot!
50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary
DECEMBER 27, 2013
over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! The site is perfect for any elementary grade level. There is truly so much to offer. I especially love that the website is free to use and super simple to navigate. Sometimes I use a certain game prior to introducing a challenging concept during a lesson.
Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech
MARCH 21, 2017
Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt. Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday? Hear Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen’s top iPad apps for the elementary classroom. Learn how to get results.
How to Have an Attitude to Try New Things #MondayMotivation
MARCH 6, 2017
10MT | Episode 26 Josh Harris gets us motivated to try new things From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Josh Harris @edtechspec an elementary edtech director from California, talks about an attitude of innovation. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Listen Now.
How to sharpen your students’ digital skills
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
Twenty-odd years ago, the extent of an elementary schooler’s digital skills was making it through the Oregon Trail on their classroom computer without dying of dysentery. Today, the digital skills K-12 students need to succeed both in school and after graduation have become much more complex. How to grow and succeed. Next page: From creativity to tech speak.
7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding
MAY 10, 2016
Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. From simple sites to the tips and tricks to get you started, now is the time to learn to code. Teaching Tech Tips Tools
How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom
JULY 22, 2015
TeamWork Made Easy - Thanks to ClassDojo ~ It's never about the tool itself. it's how you use it ~ I've used ClassDojo for a number of years in a number of ways. This is a company that truly listens to their users and builds what they need. In our second grade classroom, we work hard to model behavior that is indicative of a respectful and responsible learner who has integrity.
Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain
User Generated Education
OCTOBER 21, 2016
Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently.
How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One
AUGUST 15, 2016
While Mike is an elementary science teacher, I learned many techniques that apply to my middle and high school classrooms. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher. To make them even more powerful, these portfolios can include video, sound, various kinds of media, text and more. Take time to test out Fresh Grade. What is mystery animal Skype?
Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources
JANUARY 12, 2016
30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Tip: One of the best ways to get ideas is to look at classrooms. Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom. Education How to Guides
How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. To find out how learning products can incorporate these elements, we spoke with Michelle Riconscente, president of Designs for Learning, Inc. , solving math problems to unlock a door) (4, 6). Challenge. Goals.
5 Big Classroom Problems You Can Solve with Technology
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
If you’re using Makerspace and genius hour, learn how to build an online toolkit for your students. How can we increase student participation with technology? What are the best ways to collaborate with other teachers? An easy way for busy teachers to find awesome resources. How teachers hold themselves back from advancing in technology. Plickers.
How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning
AUGUST 25, 2015
Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics - click here to try Ignite Teaching - I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable. I'm often asked, "How I do it all." I think that translates to the success of my blog along with the workshops I do across the country. My answer is simple: I start small.
Team Building with Elementary Students
User Generated Education
MARCH 6, 2017
Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Divergent thinking is honored and expected to successfully approach and complete the activities. All students should get a chance to throw the balls.
When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. FLVS leaders wanted to see if she could do that, and develop best practices, in the virtual world. “I
5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
As teachers, we need to protect our health. While I encourage them to wash their hands frequently, they can’t always do that between classes. As I researched my suspicions, I found that an outbreak of the flu at an elementary school in 2008 was blamed on “infected computer equipment.”. Most teachers can get their school to buy one, but it wasn’t the case for me.) How to.
What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
We asked three flipped teachers — one from an elementary school, one from a junior high, and one from a high school — to describe what learning looks like in their world. Burkett Elementary, Pennsylvania. Through flipped learning, my students are able to complete weekly reading assignments and tasks at home to extend their learning beyond our regular curriculum.
How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers
NPR Learning and Tech
JANUARY 30, 2016
Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed. to a mountaintop in Israel. From a jazz class in New Orleans to a Boy Scout troop in South Central LA to the lost world of ancient Greece. Get To The Truth "I'll tell you the truth, you tell me the truth.
6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level
DECEMBER 7, 2016
Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. At the secondary level, studies show that about 33 percent of middle school math and science teachers and 30 percent of high school chemistry and physics teachers didn’t major in these fields and haven’t earned a certificate to teach them.
Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards
The Hechinger Report
JUNE 14, 2016
2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Teachers use them as conceptual props to explain an operation like division. If the Common Core is to improve the math education of U.S.
How to make your year more awesome
JANUARY 6, 2016
This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome! Learner Profiles- How do develop a complete learner profile to inform individualization.
How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe
AUGUST 31, 2016
Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. My elementary faculty impressed me with their ability to use these 21st-century robots in a variety of subject areas including language arts and humanities. Here are four examples of how A. Example #3 – Using Bluebots to Teach Social Studies.
How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other's thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online? I recently shared about a great [New] resource to find content. To see our collection - click here !
Teachers: This change is causing dramatic gains in student achievement
MARCH 23, 2017
What if we could empower our teachers to turn student assessment into a process of learning instead of a focus on measurement? Further, what if this mindset change led to an increase in student achievement on tests? It’s something I first saw practiced by Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur, who has redesigned the culture of his classroom to have students own their learning.
How to Kickstart Maker Education
JULY 7, 2016
Suzie Boss Maker Education Learn how one Pittsburgh elementary school is collaborating with a local children's museum and others partners to create an innovative makerspace
Top 12 Tools for Teaching Elementary Kids How to Code
MAY 12, 2015
Coding teaches kids to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. This week, we're highlighting tools that help kids learn to code -- tools that encourage them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. . These apps take advantage of the iPad's tactile qualities by using drag-and-drop mechanisms to teach sequencing as well as simple loops and functions. With all of these tools, kids practice tackling big problems by breaking them down into smaller problems to solve -- a skill fundamental not only to writing good code but in all areas of life!
How to Teach STEM Every Day
Ask a Tech Teacher
MARCH 10, 2017
Science is our natural world, from the land we live on to the oceans and space we aspire to visit. It’s the weather that changes our picnic plans to the natural disaster that destroyed a town in our own state. Technology includes the iPads toddlers play on, the smartphones we use to guide our days, the apps that turn our lights on and off–or start our car.
Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners
User Generated Education
JANUARY 2, 2017
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.
Creating an Elementary Tech Team
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
For a couple of years I've been trying to figure out a way to have an elementary tech team.I wanted an opportunity to mentor a few "go to" kids that have a natural bent towards all things techie. Our elementary school is piloting the idea of elective Friday's for fourth and fifth grade students. Maybe they want to write a song on digital citizenship?
How to Build Your PLN
Ask a Tech Teacher
JUNE 30, 2015
’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. More simply, it’s: …an extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning.
How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?
JULY 1, 2016
Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! Members can choose to pay monthly or quarterly if they’d like, but these are installment payments. How does this program work?
Learn How To Make a Muppet-Style Puppet By @SamPatue
My Paperless Classroom
MARCH 3, 2017
This video explains how to create a simple muppet-style puppet. This video was created as a resource for a workshop on Design Thinking in Elementary education at SXSWEdu 2017. How Do I Get Started? The post Learn How To Make a Muppet-Style Puppet By @SamPatue appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.
What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”