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.

Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades?

TeacherCast

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. The post Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades? appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network

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. .

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. Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups.

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.

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. Sites like Common Sense Education and edshelf make it easy to find the right alignment to the right instructional strategy.

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. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District.

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?

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.

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.

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.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

The success of the STEAMpunk Playground is partly related to the variety of educational tools made available to teachers through the CUE STEAMpunk Deployment Squadron, which allows teachers to borrow various class-ready coding or STEAM materials. Photo by Danny Silva – www.iteachag.org.

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.”

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all.

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. 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.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education Transforming Instruction Districtwide

techlearning

­ - District Chooses Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to Bring STEM Lessons to Life for Students Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education has been a great partner in helping us achieve this goal, we look forward to the next phase of this powerful relationship.”

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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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. VR as a new educational paradigm. Vicki: Virtual Reality is a new education paradigm.

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

I believe that every single child is gifted and that every kid has a talent which we as educators should help uncover. Interestingly though, this idea does not originate in education or teaching practice. edtech elementary classroom genius hour

Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!

Kleinspiration

The Bammys are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International. For the National Association of Elementary Principals Yahoo press release, click here. For the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences press release, click here.

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.

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Since iTunes keeps only 295 of the 500 shows, we wanted to take some of the very best of the show this summer and re-share it with our growing community of remarkable educators. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to.

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Elementary School Wellness Program Helps Young Males of Color Cultivate Their Identities

Edsurge

Over the past three years, a group of elementary school students from Southeast Washington, D.C., Over time, the greater school community noticed how the institute’s work was impacting the kings and wanted to spread best practices around wellness from TBI across Stanton Elementary.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way. Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education.

Creating an Elementary Tech Team

Tech Helpful

For a couple of years I've been trying to figure out a way to have an elementary tech team.I Our elementary school is piloting the idea of elective Friday's for fourth and fifth grade students. For the past four years I have been a common sense media digital citizenship educator.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

I went into education for two reasons. And the second reason is that I could ensure that no child would ever experience the educational journey and experience that I did. Loud’s passions are technology integration in the elementary grades, along with teacher motivation.

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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.

Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts

MindShift

Often the puzzles are a combination of physical activities and clues with a small digital component that’s easy to access. ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES. She often meets with the social worker to talk about strategies for kids who have behavioral Individual Education Programs (IEPs).

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.

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

techlearning

Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for Global Education Conference. Vicki: The Global Education Conference is here, November 13-16!

Students Step up to Lead Tech Implementation at Their Elementary School

Edsurge

Maggie is a fifth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Park Ridge, Illinois and in Fall 2017, she was trained to become a “TechXpert” at her school so she could coach fellow students daily during the tech lab at the LRC. In January 2016, the parent teacher organization at Roosevelt Elementary generously purchased a number of new tools for our school including Spheros, Dash and Dots, Cubelets, Snap Circuits, Osmos, Marble Mazes and a 3D printer.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Educators won’t want access to a limited number of tools and instructional resources.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. That arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic.”.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Equity in education is more important than ever. Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. Related: How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? What does educational equity look like?

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

techlearning

- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md. Those resources include: Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook.