10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy Cooper on episode 292 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school.

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Elementary Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following elementary writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any elementary teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. ElemOpinionWritingRubric. ElemInfoWritingRubric. ElemNarrativeWritingRubric.

Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

This post includes updated content from a previous blog post on Tom Driscoll EDU. In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. – Consider student access to hardware, software, and the Internet. Students at home might not have control over their access or environment. The post Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Technology, Learning, & Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom – from Avra Robinson

EdTechTeacher

Providing access to more than just apps, Google Chromebooks are the perfect tool to build the foundation for technology success in young students. Many people fear that computer usage in the early elementary years consists of just “playing games” and want to limit the “screen time.” Implementing them at the early elementary grade levels creates a strong foundation for continued success! Technology in Elementary Classrooms. This post first appeared on Daily Genius.

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. In whole-group, I felt like I was teaching to the middle and realizing that students who were clearly [ready] for next-level stuff were bored, and the students who weren’t accessing the concepts and understanding, I was always pulling them into my re-teach station.” Education Blog

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments. One way to increase the accessibility of classrooms is to remove any unnecessary distractions. If a presentation, assignment or class website is overloaded with clip art, unreadable fonts and other bells and whistles, students may find the information less accessible. . Educators must consider additions to assignments to ensure they are accessible for all students.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Pittman said that “if you can’t see what [students] need and it’s not an obvious disability then [accessibility] is something that should be addressed for all students.” Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom

EdTechTeacher

It would also be helpful if Draw and Tell provided ready access to the Camera Roll to insert video into animations. The post Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom appeared first on EdTechTeacher. Blog Featured Tom Daccord #ettipad #ettsummit Draw and Tell elementary Free Technology for Teachers iPadsThis post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

MIND Blog Rewind: September 2019

MIND Research Institute

Each month on the MIND blog, we share stories of how our organization, our partners, and educators across the country are advancing the mission to mathematically equip all students to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Welcome to the MIND Blog Rewind! Does ST Math provide equitable access for students in special education? You can share this post (and all) of our blogs on your favorite social media channels by using the sharing buttons at the top of each post.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. Similarly, when vetting tech tools, the contracts should include the district’s accessibility requirements. Any upgrades should maintain, if not increase, a resource’s support for accessibility.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Three Examples: Elementary Charters Instructing Young Children at a Distance

ExcelinEd

To wrap up this unusual National Charter Schools Week , we have been thinking about some of our youngest and most vulnerable learners: students attending elementary grades. Here are three examples of how elementary charters are continuing to provide instructional services to some of their youngest students. Crossroads Charter School (Quality Hill), a K-5 elementary in Kansas City, Missouri, is providing weekly work packets for their students.

App Smashing on the iPad: A Guide for the Elementary Classroom

EdTechTeacher

Are you an elementary teacher looking for creative ways to integrate iPads into student learning? Now, tap on the Photos app on your iPad to see all the photos and videos you have saved in your Camera Roll, The Photos app provides access not only to the photos and videos saved on your iPad, but it can also provide access to photos and videos on your other Apple devices (if you share via an iCloud account). Blog Featured Tom Daccord iPad

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

techlearning

I like this as a starting place for late elementary because there is so much I can do with it. Root's functionality for late elementary starts with the app. It allows me to start students who have never done anything off with an arrow based coding that is both functional and not overly childish where it turns off older elementary students. Code.org This seems like a no-brainer, but Code.org is a great place to start with late elementary coding because it's free.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example. The people who had the problem didn’t have access to solve it.” Amesse Elementary. TL Advisor Blog

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. You will immediately see that our teachers have access to iPads and many of their choices are iOS apps but often there are web versions and android apps for these as well. It helps with accountability, cutting down paper used in the classroom, and allows students to explain their thinking in multiple ways (video, audio, photo, drawings, blog, etc).

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

At this event, teachers will have access to some of the best education technology has to offer. Jesus Huerta is a sixth-grade teacher at Margaret Hedrick Elementary School in El Centro, California. The post STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible appeared first on CUE Blog. Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org. Finding technology online is easy, but where can teachers get opportunities to try the technology out first hand?

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

techlearning

The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap. 1 at the elementary level. Digital Learning TL Advisor Blog Accessibility

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Thus, the price tag for getting connectivity can be expensive; in fact, the schools and some businesses may be the only place with reliable access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home. in elementary education from the University of Virginia.

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Listen to This Post I’ll also be sharing more resources this week on my blog, podcast, and social media accounts and in my newsletter. Note: This doesn’t discuss the policy issues involving meals, access, and equity but is meant to get you started and prepared.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. In this session, we’ll share where we are now, emotional trauma and learning, how effective distance learning compares to face to face learning, how to take your class online, accessibility and equity, assessment, and project-based learning.

COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlight in New York, Florida and Free Internet Access

ExcelinEd

Several internet providers are offering free internet and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 or college students in an effort to help with distance learning. Elementary school students will have a 2.5- CRPE blog – Brave New World at Success Academy . Blog COVID-19Welcome to ExcelinEd’s ongoing roundup of creative solutions states and districts are taking to meet the education needs of their students affected by school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing Accessible Math Tasks for All Students

edWeb.net

Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. Questioning strategies can be done every day, and can be opened with a question that has varied, interesting, and accessible answers. Conceptua Math is an upper-elementary on-line curriculum that uniquely blends personal and social student learning using visual models and adaptive teaching techniques within the classroom. edWeb Blog Math Tasks teaching math

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Book Access for All Kid with Donalyn Miller, and he is the editor of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection. Blog: [link] Twitter: @ colbysharp Book: Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system. They spend more time in class trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it; they also clog IT channels when passwords aren’t easily recovered.

Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!

Kleinspiration

For the National Association of Elementary Principals Yahoo press release, click here. Most of us stay connected through Twitter and blogging. Nick Provenzano, Eric Sheninger, Kyle Pace, Erin Klein, Joan Young, Adam Bellow The Bammy Awards Washington D.C. 2012 I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. this September. The Bammys are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Unfortunately, teachers and students are often unable to be sure there will be dependable, robust access outside of school depending on family and community circumstances. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Robert Kalman’s middle schoolers are designing in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Blog: robertkalman.com Twitter: @ robert_kalman Instagram: @ robert_kalman Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode includes some affiliate link.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. In this blog post, you’ll discover ten topics that can help you improve your online or blended classroom. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ensures that lessons are accessible for every student. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.”

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Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Blogs - Teachers have blogs for student writing. Many teachers use the blogs for such things as an outlet for student free-writes. Using a blog hits many important curriculum areas, such as differentiating instruction as well as meeting many Common Core Standards (see here & here for examples). In addition, some teachers aren''t comfortable editing a wiki, web page or maintaining a blog. It originally appeared on the PS10Tech blog.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the (Re)Defining STEM resource and give you a sneak peek into the upcoming resources available this summer. This resource can help you not only learn the techniques you need, but give you access to many valuable tools and resources to use with your students.

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4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeromie Heath on episode 558 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Engaging students can be a challenge. He attributes this increase in student engagement and performance based on the 3 key principles of engagement: accessibility, value, and stimulation. He is a NBCT who holds experience in teaching in several diverse elementary schools. Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Teachers

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

For iPad and Google Play Tablet Devices of All Kinds From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In this blog post, I’ll include the video unboxing tour that I recently had with the team at the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection, and I’ll share some thoughts on how you can effectively use this collection in your classroom. This blog post is sponsored by Really Good Stuff ?

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What This Writing Expert Learned That Will Make You a Better Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing, Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Blog: www.angelastockman.com Twitter: @AngelaStockman. Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Research Teachers Thought Leader Thursday Writing