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.

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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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.

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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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 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!

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

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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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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Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . This strategy takes Peer Instruction to a fascinating new level. What is the most exciting result you have had with asking your students to create videos?

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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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12 16 Resource Sites for Teaching and Learning With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

So when I read Jennie Magiera''s article Gold-Medal Learning: Teaching with the Winter Olympics , I had to know what other resources are available to teachers. First, what are some good ways to follow the Sochi Olympics? I love the Olympics!

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.

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.

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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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!

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!

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?

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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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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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).

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.

#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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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 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. Taking off for deep cleaning isn’t isolated to that one case.

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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?

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Prodigy is a fantastic way to differentiate math in your classroom. In the virtual world, students are wizards who learn magic and spells to defeat over 100 monsters. To learn a new spell or add powers (or adopt pets), students must complete different math challenges.

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.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students!

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

Learning in Hand

Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. These tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving question. As an adult, I continue to enjoy creating things.

Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

This post is a response to a rather poorly drafted article in the Washington Post lamenting that Kindergarten has become the new 1st grade. Before reading this post, I strongly suggest you skim the article to better understand my response. Our nation and the left over 1960''s hippies continue to promote non-educationally sound ideas that don''t prepare our kids, or the poor, to really succeed anywhere. I learned how to read fluently by mid 1st grade.

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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.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn. Click here to see all of them.) Moves the camera to follow presenter around the room.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

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. In this Thursday, Oct.

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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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.

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Edutopia

So how do you flip a science class? Kids struggle with math content, so put the problems and how to do that on the video, so that when they're in class, they get the help that they need. Aaron: Social studies teachers can leverage video to deliver concept overviews.

Take the Risk, Take the Extra Step: Advice for School Leaders

edWeb.net

South Park Elementary, Pennsylvania. Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. Robert first discovered edWeb at a conference when our team asked him to present a webinar. edWebinars provide a flexible solution to the time-crunch all educators experience. You’re going to see your scores rise.