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.

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!

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.

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. 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.

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

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. 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.”

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.

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. blended learning BYOD BYOT mobile learning mobile learning devices Wells Elementary School

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. Educators must consider additions to assignments to ensure they are accessible for all students.

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.

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.

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.”

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?

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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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.

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. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

At this event, teachers will have access to some of the best education technology has to offer. Jesus Huerta is a sixth-grade teacher at Margaret Hedrick Elementary School in El Centro, California. The post STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible appeared first on CUE Blog.

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.

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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary.

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.

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? In any event, apps need access to the Photos app to insert or “pull” Camera Roll content. The following recommended push-and-pull apps are popular in elementary iPad classrooms: APP.

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.

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.

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.

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Book Access for All Kid with Donalyn Miller, and he is the editor of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection. Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer!

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.

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.

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.

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

techlearning

Recent research from Gallup found that 42 percent of principals and 73 percent of superintendents cite inadequate training as a barrier to expanding access to computer science within their schools and districts.

4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement

The CoolCatTeacher

He attributes this increase in student engagement and performance based on the 3 key principles of engagement: accessibility, value, and stimulation. He is a NBCT who holds experience in teaching in several diverse elementary schools. Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Teachers

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.

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.