Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

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. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? There are a number of free programs online that teachers are able to access to do that.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District. The teachers I was working with only had access to a laptop cart, thus apps that had to be downloaded on a device were not an option. At the meeting later that day I introduced each of the tools to the group and noted which ones did not require student access to a computer.

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Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

What resulted was a great resource that I plan to share below on specific edtech tools that can assist special education (SPED), math, and reading teachers. Both the math and reading sessions focused on how edtech could be used during independent work, formative assessment, and pedagogically-sound blended learning. edtech Mathematics reading Rigor Relevance Framework special education SPED

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EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. EdTech that sparks joy. Developers have naturally found a niche for “joyful” tech in the elementary phases, where the idea of allowing younger kids to have fun while learning is all but a credo. But what of the more complex arena of senior appropriate EdTech — can it too be joyful?

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

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. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources. Core EdTech Resources.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

We asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2021. To provide a safe and effective learning environment, educators will reimagine schools to improve accessibility and inclusivity.

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Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Keep Accessibility in Mind for Modern Learning Environments. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how teachers can use physical classroom arrangements to direct classroom engagement. One way to increase the accessibility of classrooms is to remove any unnecessary distractions. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how blended learning programs like Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom can benefit K–12 education. Many familiar classroom tools offer guidance on accessible online assignments.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. And then all the content and the videos and the images and links, they’re all in one spot for the kids to access. And then also from an elementary standpoint, I had a teacher use it in lieu of … she used to have her students write personal narratives and then they would bind the book together as a classroom set and put it in the library.

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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.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

For 2019, our IT emphasis will be on cybersecurity and on high-availability, high-resiliency, high-speed wireless access to support 24 x 7 x 365 learning. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In Esra Murray, library media specialist, Cider Mill Elementary School, Connecticut. Susan Keene, 3rd-grade teacher, West Newton Elementary, Indiana. “My District Management Featured on eSchool News Teaching & Learning edtech goals resolutions

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 is a huge arsenal and an all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under with unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality kids’ books.

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Note: This doesn’t discuss the policy issues involving meals, access, and equity but is meant to get you started and prepared. If your school is closed due to the virus, you can apply for free access to the BrainPop videos to use at your school. Peardeck also allows you to request individual or district-wide access if you’re impacted by closures.

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.

Parents as #Edtech Partners

Kyle Pace

we’re giving kids access to, we must constantly be assessing where parents are at in terms of a foundational understanding of what this means for their child(ren). However, the more access to the world and devices we provide students to have that access, we must create not only learning opportunities for staff, but for the parents as well. Yes, elementary students too. This is all called being proactive instead of reactive about #edtech.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

Edsurge

This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. In Sheppard’s eyes, every student should be equipped with a piece of technology so they can access their digital content whenever they need it.

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? App Smashing” — a term developed by EdTech Teacher instructor Greg Kulowiec — is the act of merging or “smashing” content from different apps together to create something greater than with just one app. In any event, apps need access to the Photos app to insert or “pull” Camera Roll content.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

One of the largest concerns, though, is equity — not just how we must fund solutions to address disparities in student access to digital devices and broadband Internet, but how students safely engage to drive learning. But access alone wasn’t enough.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Check out Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen’s show on iPad apps for elementary classrooms. When you buy the Rocketbook Wave Smartnotebook, you get access to digital copies of the Rocketbook paper that you can print out and use in a bullet journal or make your own planner. The post Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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The Case for ‘Edtech Minimalism’ in an Age of Distance Learning

Edsurge

No, Edtech Minimalism doesn’t necessitate a complete abandonment of digital technology. As an elementary school teacher, my highest priorities were always the following: Cultivating agency, autonomy and independence in my students.

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4 ways that better edtech management empowered our district

eSchool News

With the support of technology levies, we have invested $1 million into new technology for both the high school and elementary levels. Improving our edtech management. Related: Are your edtech tools really working? Students in one school would have more technology and access to it than students in others. Featured on eSchool News IT Management edtech management

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. Yet these student growth gains are not reflected in most edtech implementations.

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Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

Teachers have many edtech resources in their toolbox now. The question is, are the teachers within a school, grade, or subject area accessing the same toolbox? Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Milford Public Schools, MA, talked about why they wrangled their technology and how having a defined edtech toolbox improved teaching and learning overall. Berger and Joseph both chose to use a data analytics tool, CatchOn, to track their edtech’s use and effectiveness.

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

Other than that, students can have access to ipads, stationary, as well as classroom library to research their ideas. edtech elementary classroom genius hourI believe that every single child is gifted and that every kid has a talent which we as educators should help uncover. This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting.

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.

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to. I’ve embedded entire Hyperdocs in there, so the kids can access the Hyperdocs as they are on FlipGrid. I used to have kids take a picture with their phone or with their iPad of the board of what they were supposed to do for FlipGrid that night, and they’d then have to access that at home.

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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. Now check out who is behind the creation of MovieStar Planet: The Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation in cooperation with The Danish University of Education, and a number of elementary school teachers.In

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. Created in 2013, Code.org ® is an educational non-profit with a mission to expand access to computer science, and increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. What I like about the chat option is that teachers don’t want to give out a cell phone number to parents or anything, but you can build a Remind group, and parents will have access to text you to have a conversation. So they full access, they get the full toolbar when they’re in their Google account.

Lifelong Lessons From Teachers That Edtech CEOs Still Live By

Edsurge

Mrs. Rich was a teacher who supported extracurricular programs, such as the school- and district-wide speech and spelling bee competitions, at my elementary school. It was a particularly rough day, and I was sitting outside our office space, wondering if I had made the right choice to go into edtech. I owe my career in edtech to her. It can often take until adulthood before one finally understands the wisdom imparted by our classroom teachers.

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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. Assessment Chromebooks Classroom Management Edtech Tool Tuesday Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gsuite and Google Apps How to Guides.

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An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

While the Wild West era of edtech may be over, there’s still some mystery over how schools decide what digital materials to buy. In the edWebinar, “ Building Authentic Need and Research into Edtech Development,” representatives from a large school district, a small district, a developer, and the research community answered burning questions about edtech procurement. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary Center, South Park Township, PA.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to. I’ve embedded entire Hyperdocs in there, so the kids can access the Hyperdocs as they are on FlipGrid. I used to have kids take a picture with their phone or with their iPad of the board of what they were supposed to do for FlipGrid that night, and they’d then have to access that at home.

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