It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

A good lesson plan or project will get students to learn how to be kind, generous, problem-solving, caring, compassionate, imaginative, creative, emphatic, and/or helpful while also getting them to learn. They can add these ideas to a class cognitive map with Popplet.

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Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

A good lesson plan or project will get students to learn how to be kind, generous, problem-solving, caring, compassionate, imaginative, creative, emphatic, and/or helpful while also getting them to learn. They can add these ideas to a class cognitive map with Popplet.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. An Introduction to Self-determined Learning (Heutagogy): Stewart Hase. to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math.

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Also be sure to check out our procurement study: Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing. In Baltimore County Public Schools, where I’m the purchasing manager, we’re underway on a strategic plan to prepare students for their chosen college or career path. Richard L.

7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!

Kleinspiration

What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology. One needs to know if the students are understanding the concepts being introduced and discussed. To get started, you need to know two things.

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The NEW app @TellAboutThis Offers: A Creative Way to Inspire and Capture Children's Ideas or Stories!

Kleinspiration

It''s been incredible to see how classrooms around the world have adopted it into their writing communities and processes, and the inspired student work that is shared with us always gives me goosebumps. Tell About This is now available to help inspire, record and share kids voices!

How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

Waterford

Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers? For these reasons, even women with STEM degrees are less likely to work in STEM careers.

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8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive. We have to do better. 2014).

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Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. How to Find the books.

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Help Autistic Kids Travel by Making Ability Guidebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. How to Find the books.

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5 Ways to Empower Girls

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to Lynn Colón talk about empowering girls Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Studying

Kleinspiration

My goal is to make each week''s post meaningful and relatable to what is going on in my own classroom. I am writing reports this week, and this time of the year tends to be full of assessments. I am excited to share a few of my favorite studying tools with you.

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Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Here''s how he does it. I am often asked about how we use "social media" here at PS 10. It is a question that is both simple & easy to answer and one that is also complex and nuanced. Here is how we use it at PS 10 Webpages and wikis - Teachers have class webpages and wikis to help foster the home-school connection. Updates of class happenings are posted, often with pictures (great ways to get insights into the class environment).

2014 Global Education Conference Starts Today - Day 1 Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is our free, five-day, online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world, with sessions held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones. With over 250 sessions and 30 keynotes, it is an incredible opportunity to connect with and learn from educators, organizations, and students focused on globally-connected learning and supporting cultural awareness and educational access. we still need more volunteers to help moderate sessions!

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store. Educators who are not currently Staples® Teacher Rewards members can sign up online or at anyStaples store to receive the coupon. 2014).

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The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have had such an enthusiastic response to this event that we have expanded the conference this year: we will start Wednesday afternoon/evening and go through Friday mid-day (US Time). We hope it gets you excited to attend!

How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”.

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Building Parent Engagement: Tell Your School’s Story

A Principal's Reflections

She is active an active member of the EdCampPDX planning team and continually focused on working to improve education for students in Portland and beyond. Parent engagement has always been a very bright spot on my radar when thinking about keys to success for schools. Lately, it feels important to distinguish between parent engagement and parent involvement. How do you achieve that? 10 Ways to Ensure Parents Won’t Need to Ask What Did You Do at School Today?

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The students use the apps as a seamless tools with which to show their demonstration of the Anchor Statements. Teachers can give their students quick conventions formative assessment QR codes that link to an online survey/quiz such as in Google Forms.

30+ iPad Resources

The Mobile Native

15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 9. Elementary iPad Apps 15. How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program 20. 7 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen 24.

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The Problem with Educational Apps

My Paperless Classroom

If back to school night has one lesson for me. It''s that parents of elementary students are looking for someone to talk to about iPads, phones, tablets, and how their kids are using them. We use the iPad to create a complex social learning situation.

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How to help struggling young readers

The Hechinger Report

The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. The students mumbled to each other for several seconds.

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Coding with Kindergartners

My Paperless Classroom

Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about Kindergarteners. I was still teaching 9th grade English and I had just accepted a job teaching technology to K-5. Knowing this, I wanted to design a programming scope and sequence that mostly used tablet-based tools.

Building Parent Engagement: Tell Your School’s Story

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Guest post by Alison Anderson Parent engagement has always been a very bright spot on my radar when thinking about keys to success for schools. Lately, it feels important to distinguish between parent engagement and parent involvement. How do you achieve that?

Resources from Miami Device

Learning in Hand

Stephen’s Episcopal Day School hosted Miami Device , a conference held on their campus November 6 & 7, 2014. Felix Jacomino , the school’s Director of Technology, managed to lead a team that pulled off an incredible learning event. I thought I’d link to some of them.

Reverse Engineering Toys, Second Grade #STEM

My Paperless Classroom

I suggested we have the students analyze some existing toys, so they could decide what was important to them in a toy. Lesson prep involved going to the dollar store and finding as many cheap and simple toys as I could. What I then had to students do was navigate to the class blog.

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#Flipclass Workflow

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Rookies want to know how to make flipping work with class procedures, and veterans are always tweaking what they do. Edmodo, Curriculet, and Google Drive are essential to productive workflow in my class. Students go to Curriculet for reading texts.

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Tech Day One in Kindergarten

My Paperless Classroom

that has to be one of my least favorite sentences to write, and to some degree I feel it still holds true.) When I was planning my Kindergarten class, a fellow teacher I trust told me to relax. My advice, take the time to talk and find a way to get kids talking.

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Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. The great majority of these events are free to attend. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Updates Partner Spotlight Partner Announcements Calendar of Events Deadlines Highlighted Recordings NMC Navigator Top Stories Conversations Updates GlobalEdCon 2014 - Call for Proposals Open Until November 1st.

Notes from the "Makerspace for Elementary Schools" Session @ #edcampsteam

Saving Socrates

Electronic with robots, goal is use to do it yourself concept. In elementary school, a little more guided. Can be low tech teaching kids how to knit or wood and soldering irons, kids have gotten away from making things. This is a philosophy getting back to why and how things are made and how you can be a part of it. Coding to learning about circuits using rasberry pi or the makey makey. Want to get it off the ground.

The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’

The Hechinger Report

The concept is gaining traction because it allows teachers to work with students at their individual level and at their own pace. Via technology, students get real-time instruction and instant feedback as needed to help them master skills and content.