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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?

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.

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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?

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.”.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Additional Resources referenced from Jackie’s blog: Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners.

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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Here’s a class library for an elementary classroom. From my high school classroom to this elementary classroom. Sponsored by Book Creator, All Opinions My Own From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Friday, September 2, 2017. STEM Idea #1: Teach with Passion. And I think that sometimes as adults, especially when we start talking about STEM or STEAM or whatever buzzword it is that your school uses, we muddy the learning.

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Carol: Of course, STEAM is a big thing that teachers are wanting to do in Maker Space. He is an expert in STEAM and STEM and science. Carol has been an elementary educator in the primary grades for 26 years.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Download the transcript: Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Toy Take Apart and Hacking

User Generated Education

I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development.

Design Challenge

User Generated Education

This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. For a description of those activities, see

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Monday, August 21, 2017. Episode 131 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

She, I just found out, was MACUL 2017 Tech Using Teacher of the Year. Her roots are as an elementary classroom teacher where she utilized technology as an integrated part of the learning environment.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

A sponsored review of a tool I'm using to teach programming From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality is here. Finally! When Google Docs came out, I stopped everything and let all of my classes experience it.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

From this group, we’ve gathered insights on what the computer science movement looks like in these districts. Integrating with the Maker Movement. Districts are also finding a natural integration between computational thinking and maker learning. Elizabeth Forward, for example, implemented middle school-level robotics to engage students in maker learning and activate their imaginations before they begin advanced computer science coursework in high school.

Learning Studio Makers Connect to Learn and Play

Digital Promise

One of these connections was between Mundaring Primary School in Mundaring, WA, Australia, and Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach, CA, USA. They quizzed the students from Skyline Elementary School with multiple-choice questions such as, “What country attacked Britain in 1518?” (the This was followed by Skyline Elementary School’s demonstration of “ Connect the Clues ,” a game they created to help players learn ways to be eco-friendly.

From Tinkering to Technology—Advice from a Middle School Maker


Hannah’s experience reflects the innovative ways educators across the country are drawing students into the Maker movement. With her first big making project almost complete, Hannah shared with EdSurge her favorite troubleshooting technique, advice for other student makers, and why it’s important to “prove what you know.”. EdSurge: How did you become a maker? Get Inspired by Videos About Student Makers. What advice do you have for other student makers?