Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. Workflow using SeeSaw in the elementary Classroom. Determination of date of winner: Wednesday, March 14, 2017, the name will be drawn and the winner will be notified.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Date: Friday, November 10, 2017.

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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary and primary students can learn to code. How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson. Date: Monday, December 4, 2017. Why code in the elementary grades? So, Sam, why do we even want to code in the elementary grades?

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. TRANSCRIPT #01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science.

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. He was named one of ten 2017 Computer Science Association Awards for Teaching Excellence. You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”.

The 10-Minute Teacher Show: Top Ten Shows for February 2017

The CoolCatTeacher

Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez (Episode #20). Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom with Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen (Episode #1).

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A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. I introduced the Socratic Seminar to my two groups gifted elementary learners, ages 7 to 12, through the following slidedeck and by using Dr. Seuss’s Sneetches.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all – I mean all – of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design. Standards Addressed. English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions). Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Reference – [link]. Next Generation Science Standards. Define a simple design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system and includes several criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the design problem. Reference – [link]. ISTE NETS for Students. 4a – Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems. 4b – Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks. 4c – Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process. 4d – Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems. Reference – [link]. Unit Overview. The overview for this unit: Introduction to Storytelling. Storyboarding with Storyboad That. Storyboard Presentations, Feedback, and Revisions. Create a Video. Design a Logo. Introduction to Storytelling. The following video and articles were reviewed with the learners: How To Write A Good Game Story – [link]. Designing game narrative: How to create a great story – [link]. Storyboarding with Storyboard That. Learners used Storyboard That to create the storyboards for their video games. Storyboard That is a graphic organizer and storyboard creator. The program provides pre-made scenes, characters, text boxes, shapes, and other images to choose from, Students are able to drag and drop these items into their chosen layout. Scenes are organized into locational and thematic categories (e.g. school). Characters are organized similarly and can be customized with hair color, eye color, and other edits. Text boxes allow the student to give voice to their characters. Shapes and additional images add props to the story. ( [link] ). It was continually reinforced that their storyboards needed to include strong characters, settings, and plot. Feedback. Learners presented their storyboards to their classmates. Their classmates asked questions and gave feedback using the questions from How To Write A Good Game Story [link]. They made revisions and additions based on the feedback they received. Create a Video Game. Learners were then given the choice to create their video games using one of the following platforms: Sploder. Bloxels. CoSpaces. Create a Logo for the Game. Finally, learners were asked to design a logo for their games. To add another element of fun, learners decorated sugar cookies with their game logo. Examples. The Adventures of Jack by a 6th Grade Boy. His video game was created using Sploder: His Game Logo: Save Mother by a 4th Grade Girl. Her video game was created by Bloxels: Her Game Logo: Sam and the Dark Lord by a 2nd Grade Boy. His video game was created using Sploder: His Game Logo: Education Maker Education ccss language arts storytelling student choice student voice student-centric education video games

10-Minute Teacher | Top 10 Episodes of March 2017 #10mt

The CoolCatTeacher

Top 10 Shows of March 2017. 5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez (Show #20). Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom with Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen.

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Elementary Education. All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gifted Teachers How to Guides.

10 Summer Jobs For Teachers 2017

EdNews Daily

Please find 10 summer jobs for teachers in 2017 listed below. 10 Summer Jobs For Teachers in 2017: Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is hiring experienced, accomplished tutors, teachers, translators, interpreters, and education specialists in Delaware. Summer jobs for teachers in 2017!

Flipping the elementary school classroom? YES!

Neo LMS

Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. Blended or flipped environments also are not ideal in an elementary school setting because so much of teaching in these grades is dependent on modelling and direction.

A Video Game-Themed Student Interest Inventory For Elementary Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post A Video Game-Themed Student Interest Inventory For Elementary Students appeared first on TeachThought. Curricula Teaching Elementary School

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

CUE Presents the LeRoy’s Big Idea 2017 Finalists

CUE

It was a challenging process, but in the end our selection panel managed to choose five Big Ideas to be represented at the CUE 2017 National Conference. Amy Downs and Julie Cates – 6th grade, Annie R Mitchell Elementary- Central Valley CUE. CUE is you, the educators.

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Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. Wednesday, September 27, 2017. How a “Kids Deserve It T-Shirt” at ISTE 2017 caused a chance meeting.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there?

[10 Creativity Apps For The Elementary Learner]

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post [10 Creativity Apps For The Elementary Learner] appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Apps

8 Great Gifts for Administrators

The CoolCatTeacher

As an elementary principal, I could wear a different Christmas tie every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas and not get them all worn. Administrators All Grades Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Librarians Teachers Tech Tips Technology Tools Web Tools

NEO will be at ISTE 2017!

Neo LMS

It is a motivational experience and makes you believe that we are better as an industry when we share and work together.” — Russ Schwartz, Principal, Park Trails Elementary School, Broward County, Florida. NEO by CYPHER LEARNING will be exhibiting at ISTE 2017 for the third time!

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27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sign Up Before September 1, 2017 and Get Free Lesson Plans. If you sign up now (August 2017) for Owl Eyes, they’ll send you 10 free 60-minute lesson plans. Make sure you do this before September 1, 2017 – this is only for August so tell everyone you know now!).

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school. In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez talk about 5 tech tools every educator should try in 2017. A conversation with Jon Corippo on episode 92 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

Credit where it is due : the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform expanded coverage of the topic – including 4 items on ‘digital learning’ this year (2 answered by the full sample and 2 split A/B questions asked of half of the sample each) – and while not perfect is much improved. This seems clearly an area for further investigation, including whether this pattern of beliefs is consistent at the PreK, elementary, and middle school levels.

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Melissa is dual certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. Melissa Mann on episode 167 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. ” The post Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom appeared first on Christensen Institute. “Everyone was doing the same thing.”

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

All Subjects Assessment Chromebooks College (aged 18+) Data Driven Instruction Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gsuite and Google Apps High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. Sponsored by Staples From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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