Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. 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.

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. It’s important for parents and for educators to be intentional about preparing our young people for the world that they are inheriting and living in.

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50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

Waterford

Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. The first section includes 25 educational tools that can help you plan online activities for your classroom. 25 Online Educational Activities for Classrooms.

OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education

The Hechinger Report

Related: The worrying state of science education. As science educators, we need to prepare our entire population to use and apply the practices and knowledge of science in novel ways, including working together to solve vexing and complex problems like pandemics and climate change.

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.

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. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Teacher’s guide can be downloaded: quirkbot-educators-guide-v0-9.

Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades?

My Paperless Classroom

Guided Access is a feature found on iPads that allow teachers to hand a device to a student knowing that they will not be able to swipe away into a different app. In this post, we take a look at how Guided Access has helped one teacher in his Makerspace focus his classroom and not the technology. The post Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades? appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District.

Virginia’s Chesapeake Public Schools Partners with Discovery Education to Inspire, Engage, and Empower the District’s 16,300 Elementary Students

eSchool News

May 5, 2021) — Virginia’s Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education designed to inspire, engage and empower the district’s 16,300 K-5 students and improve academic achievement. Finally, the Discovery Education platform ?is

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

The program was developed and refined based on educator feedback and rigorous, ongoing research, and has been recognized by independent review organizations. School-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home, in blended learning models, extended-day programs, or libraries and other community centers. Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

That’s a problem because the data don’t lie: Two-thirds of all jobs and 80 percent of all “good” jobs (paying a median wage of $65,000) demand a postsecondary credential, according to research by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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As the world goes virtual, big education technology players tighten their grip

The Hechinger Report

Chaudhary is co-founder of the education technology provider ClassDojo, which enables kindergarten through eighth grade students, teachers and parents to share content, schedules and feedback — an obvious and critical need as education abruptly became remote.

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.

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve. With a pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate, approach to instructional design, educators can begin to support and enhance lessons with an array of tools. Sites like Common Sense Education and edshelf make it easy to find the right alignment to the right instructional strategy.

Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades?

My Paperless Classroom

I was not a fan of guided access when I first heard about it. I don't like net filters, and in general, I don't want to restrict users, I want to educate them. Then I stopped working with high school students and started working in elementary. I still don't believe in using restrictions and filters from keeping kids locked into an app, but I have found that strategic use of guided access can transform a lesson, keeping kids focused on the actual object of the lesson.

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.

COLUMN: The high school-college hybrid that jumpstarts careers

The Hechinger Report

So many here-today, gone-tomorrow models in education don’t stick around, but P-TECH’s model, now in its 10th year, directly links students from historically underserved backgrounds to colleges and careers, with paid internships and intensive mentoring. NEWBURGH, N.Y. —

4 actions to drive an elementary school turnaround

eSchool News

The opportunity had come up to serve as principal at Lake Park Elementary, a Title 1 school where just one quarter of students were proficient in literacy and the school was on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing schools—the need for an elementary school turnaround was clear. The fact that my own children were in elementary school at the time helped me realize that perhaps I was meant to do this job. Driving an elementary school turnaround.

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. As part of the first cohort of blended educators in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 2013, Johnson had established a Station Rotation routine in her math and science classroom. ” The post Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom appeared first on Christensen Institute.

Broken system: Child care subsidies ensure low-quality, limit access

The Hechinger Report

The family had just moved and now has to wake up earlier to make the half hour drive across town to Jaslynn’s elementary school, which is in their old neighborhood. one early-March morning for the half hour drive to Jaslynn’s elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Three Big Bills, Three Ways to Access Educational Funding

N2Y

Together, these three legislative acts comprise not only a gigantic relief effort to stabilize the country, but also a historic investment into our nation’s schools, with billions of dollars earmarked for education. The Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER Fund).

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. This doesn’t mean classroom walls have to be bare, of course, but educators should be mindful of the overall effect. . MORE FROM EDTECH: See how blended learning programs like Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom can benefit K–12 education. There’s no doubt modern learning environments are advancing education.

To Combat the ‘COVID Slide,’ Tutoring Program Pairs Elementary Schoolers with College Students

Edsurge

From March to June, while their parents worked, Savannah and Mia passed their weekdays “going on field trips” with the family’s chickens around the house, playing outside and spending about an hour doing math and reading exercises on ABCMouse.com, which the school provided access to for free.

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.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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Newark Public Schools Expands Use of Lexia Core5 and PowerUp to All of its Elementary Schools

eSchool News

The district has also decided to support their educators through this critical time by ensuring strong, ongoing implementations of Core5 and PowerUp via yearlong Success Partnerships with Lexia. “We Teachers also really like how user-friendly the educator platform is.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators

Waterford

In many cases, without even realizing it, educators plan their curriculum without considering whether it includes the diverse backgrounds and identities of their students. 10] By prioritizing diversity and inclusion in class, educators can prepare every student to reach their potential.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

In the Q&A below, we’ll share the perspectives of Cathleen, Shakera, and Veronica, who have been educators for 2 years, 11 years, and 25 years respectively. ” ESH: Before your upgrade, how did the level of Internet access impact teaching and learning? Veronica: One thing I’ve noticed is that attendance-wise, kids are able to keep up and access whatever is going on in class even when they have to miss school.

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

eSchool News

Every student should have access to technology, whether it be computers, smartphones, or tablets because almost everything we do requires some form of programming. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. Apps & STEM Featured on eSchool News Igniting and Sustaining STEM Education STEM codingAccording to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”.

OPINION: What if everything we believe about education is a lie?

The Hechinger Report

What if our hope that public education can erase inequality is in vain? If there was ever a time to ask big, heretical questions about American K-12 education, it’s when schooling has been thrown into chaos by a pandemic, and Americans’ faith in institutions, including schools, is at ebb tide.

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.

OPINION: What I wish all educators understood about the Supreme Court’s DACA decision

The Hechinger Report

They have access to a limited pool of private scholarships, and in 18 states, they qualify for in-state tuition. As the National Dreamer Coordinator of College Track and a DACA recipient myself, I talk with educators every day about how we can advocate for undocumented students.

PROOF POINTS: New wave of research shows nudging students by text is not as promising as hoped

The Hechinger Report

One of the most promising uses of technology in education seemed to be a cheap one: nudging text messages. Based on these early successes, education leaders in government and nonprofit organizations sought to bring the power of text messages to hundreds of thousands of students.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.