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.

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.

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10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 Learning stations are a staple in most elementary classrooms.

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. Learners are given access to the following Google slide and asked to explore the resources independently. To view the full set, access the link to the Wakelet aggregate.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

Waterford

Share a Wonders with Charlie video to explore fascinating topics like ancient history, genetics, and music in a way that’s accessible for children. Try this free Math Mystery activity , which can be a fun virtual way to practice elementary-level skills.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

The simple animation is captivating and each book comes with a resource guide teachers can download to access discussion points and activities. I’d love to hear what elementary teachers are using to get students reading online. In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students.

Why is Guided Access important in Elementary Grades? | #ipaded by @SamPatue

TeacherCast

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. My Paperless Classroom Pedagogy

Instructure Launches Canvas for Elementary User Experience for Back to School

eSchool News

SALT LAKE CITY — June 28, 2021 — Today at ISTE Live 2021, Instructure launched the Canvas for Elementary user experience, a combination of features that make Canvas more user-friendly for elementary students. Improved Accessibility & Visual Navigation.

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

The Hechinger Report

It is not only the amount of science instruction that students are provided; it is also the nature of the curricula to which teachers have access. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Opinion Data and research TestingPALO ALTO, Calif. —

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?

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. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?”

Seeing Every Student and Providing Equitable Access for Each One

edWeb.net

Pearce High School (TX), Katrina Collins, Principal of Skyview Elementary School (TX), and Toni Jackson, a teacher at Dartmouth Elementary School (TX). The district’s gifted and talented program is another example of the changes being made to increase equitable access.

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.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

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. Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ?

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 that being said I do want to share a pretty cool and practical idea I stumbled upon during one of my coaching visits with Wells Elementary School. For what I use my smartphone for all I needed was a right amount of storage and the ability to access the Internet for the few apps that I depend on regularly.

Elementary Adventures in 3D Printing

Fractus Learning

This year, we are embarking on an exciting adventure in our elementary Makerspace – 3D printing ! While 3D printing may not be new to some, it is new to us and our elementary students. Why do we want our students to have access to a 3D printer? I wanted my teachers to have easy access to the printer and be able to send projects to it easily as well. Makerspaces are taking shape around the country in many schools.

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. 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. I came to guided access slowly. How do you use Guided Access with your students?

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

The Best Educational Game Websites for Elementary School Students

Graphite Blog

BrainPop, like PBS Kids, is a huge name when it comes to elementary school learning. But while PBS specializes equally in video and games, BrainPop's focus is predominantly videos covering just about any kind of content that might come up in an elementary school classroom.

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

Education Superhighway

” 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. The post Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

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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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.

Free access to Mackin’s Distance learning solution

eSchool News

Macking one of the world’s largest providers of print books, ebooks, audiobooks, and video is offering access to its ebook library and distance learning content for free. Elementary School.

Osceola County Brings Flexible K-12 Learning Platform and Coding Resources to All Elementary Educators and Students Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the SDOC team was looking for supplemental, cross-curricular digital resources to support elementary students’ continued academic growth during in-person and virtual instruction.

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. According to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”. We live in a digital age in which computers are everywhere and have become an essential part of our lives.

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. Without digital resources, some students have more access to their teachers—in all subjects—than other students.

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.

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.

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

eSchool News

We were using Core5 in just six of our elementary schools prior to the pandemic,” said Dr. Mary Ann Reilly, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. When COVID-19 hit and our schools transitioned to remote learning, we were able to quickly expand Core5 to all our elementary schools.