Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

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. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students


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. This seems like a no-brainer, but is a great place to start with late elementary coding because it's free.

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Stop! Why the mis-definition of student equity needs to end

eSchool News

” These wise words, from a Florida elementary school principal, get to the core of a new look at barriers to equity in education. “Equity doesn’t mean the same for everyone; it means that everyone gets what they need.”

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Three ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education

The Hechinger Report

Pre-K quality and accessibility have received much attention over the past 15 to 20 years and state and federal policymakers continue to allocate resources and prescribe policies geared toward ensuring high-quality pre-K experiences. Alyssa Auck.

The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing

The Innovative Educator

Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. New levels give access to new animations and access to chat rooms reserved for MovieStars at higher levels. They definitely knew how to handle it. I''m a student voice advocate.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura: Hyperdocs are basically links that we provide for children to access different websites and articles that we want them to read. Then I actually have Google Classroom, which is where I put it so it’s a little bit easier for them to access.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

If you use my link to sign up for Edpuzzle , you’ll gain access to a curated library of 50,000 free videos to use with your school. You can also add audio notes with your voice, but sometimes I want to include a definition or detail.

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education. Some children have access to quality education, and some children don’t. Most definitely.

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

During a coaching visit I observed Zaina Hussein , a 4th-grade teacher at Wells Elementary , use this with her students (see image below). All of the videos are then easily accessible for review on a grid. Reflection in Teacher Education: Towards Definition and Implementation.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

When I started making math more visual, I was able to access all the learners in my classroom. Again, we’re not teaching that procedures are not important, because they definitely are. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary.

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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

The biggest reason, I think, it’s the tool to go to, is the ability for it to be in the cloud and accessible to a large number of students and to bring an unparalleled educational experience to them that you can’t re-create in the classroom.

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School

The CoolCatTeacher

Parents: In Allegany County, Maryland have on their website information that you can access, but also submit and anonymous incidence report. 5 Idea Friday Administrators All Grades Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

What it allows the users to do is – first, to access any 360 image that’s on Google Maps, and view it. Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

They can access these different assessments (tasks for them to do) in each G-suite, and they can complete that. So you’ll definitely want to check the Shownotes for this, and we’ll also give you links to Lee Ann’s work so you can learn more about it.

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Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Some states now include human trafficking in their definition of child abuse. As educators, please advocate to local representatives for a comprehensive definition of human trafficking that includes both sexual exploitation and forced labor to be added to the state definition of child abuse.

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

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. Idea #1: Expand Your Definition of Writing.

What Do Teachers REALLY Do Over Summer Break?


There were definitely tears shed from several staff members on the last day of school where these educators teach. End Of Year elementary end of year time managementDid you ever wonder what your teachers did over the summer as a kid? It’s rather mysterious from a child’s perspective.

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

The Hechinger Report

These students are increasingly the children of parents who helicoptered them through elementary, middle and high school or who didn’t go to college themselves and can’t provide much help with it. Rodrigo Chinchon changed his major two years into college and ended up 15 credits behind.

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STUDENT VOICE: Homeless in fifth grade, now a college sophomore

The Hechinger Report

My first stint of homelessness came in 2009, while I was in elementary school in Nebraska. I remember being uncomfortable and definitely confused. After I finished elementary school, I moved to Colorado to be with my father. knew there was something different about our family.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

iLearn Technology

When students get stuck, or need to check their work/understanding, not only do they have access to the answer, but also to the process. It definitely could change the goal of your math class, rather than just finding the answer, assignments may become more practical application in nature.

Inspiring Ideas and Resources from the #STEM4INNOVATION Conference

Teacher Reboot Camp

I would definitely recommend this conference to any educator in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. I also enjoyed each presentation and walked away with practical strategies, engaging activities, and valuable resources for my elementary students.

With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

The Hechinger Report

That so important a task has yet to get past such an elementary question provides a confounding look at how far liberal arts colleges and departments have to go to make a case for themselves with students, parents and policymakers — even in a sector known for very, very slowly adapting to change. “It

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My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

Be sure to give your students access to My Simple Show in your Maker Space, it is a great option for students to choose! What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos.

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A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

The Hechinger Report

It’s definitely been a blessing,” he said. “It Black students make up 44 percent of the state’s elementary, middle and high school classes, but only 17 percent of the students who won the scholarship last year were black.

5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Do you want to give us a simple definition?

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

The Hechinger Report

The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult,” he said. The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation.

Don't tell me you hate AI.check out Google's "Talk to Books"

Tech Helpful

Elementary students definitely struggle with keyword searches. Now I'll be honest, often when I click "show in book" I don't have access to the book but this is a FREE search engine that now allows me to know where I need to go to look further.

Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

Shake Up Learning

Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Hearing things from a student’s perspective is definitely eye-opening. Bonner Elementary. The post Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Ready for our very first student interview?

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Jeopardy Labs


In addition to being accessible from multiple devices, thankfully Jeopardy Labs is simple to use--and free! Consider also having students create the game with you--or for each other--which taps definition construction and other skills.

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Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? We continue to just stretch our brains creatively about how to, in a very safe way, get those students access to resources.”.

Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional, and Virtual Learning Success

A Principal's Reflections

My experience in this area began over three years ago, thanks to having the opportunity to coach teachers and administrators at Wells Elementary School. Typically, I only share the ones created by Wells (TX), Snow Horse (UT), and Corinth Elementary (MS) as well as Corinth Middle School.

DirecTV's "Don't" commercials


YouTube gives you on-demand access to just about anything, including commercials that have a language teaching purpose.* cause-effect context executive function HS inference later elementary main idea MS social thinking story grammar text structure YouTube

Coronavirus-Related Funding Opportunities for Schools and Districts

MIND Research Institute

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund , or ESSERF, $13.2 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. According to Frank Brogan, assistant secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, ED is turning funding dollars around in record time.