Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms. Perhaps you’re wondering how more than 150 apps can be inside one? The Really Good Stuff team has curated the best apps in education for the K-2 to classroom — all in one place.

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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e245. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Mike Dougherty from Ohio.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. They’re explaining their code and how it works.

FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

The CoolCatTeacher

In this post, I’ll share about the Matific Math games, how to get started, and why Matific is so awesome. Along with being able to set multiple languages, each student can work at their own level through a personal playlist set by the teacher. How Do the Matific Games Work?

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iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games.

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Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. Teacher checklists to keep you on track.

Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are being recruited, and what schools should be doing. This is an important topic to discuss so we can protect innocent children. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e260. Rick: Well, basically, it all comes down to culture.

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e204.

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

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. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. How to Find the books.

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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. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, this podcast talks about the practical tools that will help kids empower themselves to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Help Autistic Kids Travel by Making Ability Guidebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. How to Find the books.

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How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”.

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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 am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. Challenge another team or two to a Battle.

It’s Time To Stop Teaching Kids How To Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post It’s Time To Stop Teaching Kids How To Read appeared first on TeachThought. Literacy ela Elementary School mid Our Best Terry Heick

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt. Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday? Learn how to get results.

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. I’ve based my selections on the following criteria: ease of use — accounts are easy to set up with access to both the site and materials quick and intuitive.

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

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. For me, it was difficult to make the transition initially.

How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. A fascinating study published in the Journal of School Health indicates that when elementary-age children’s lessons incorporated physical activity, their focus improved more than 70 percent.

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Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk

The CoolCatTeacher

Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. How to help students guide their eyes in online reading. Accessibility tools.

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QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding. Both home team and visitors will be able to learn more about your school.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Elementary Adventures in 3D Printing

Fractus Learning

The demand for these opportunities for our students to explore and create is greater than ever before. However, when a school has an opportunity to add some high tech features and tools, it is very exciting as well. We can take our making and creating to a new level.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To create a “good blend” to simply add computers to the classroom is not enough.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation. Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available to students. Today, we have a gigabit wireless network deployed at our elementary, middle and high schools , and starting this fall, we expect to have deployed more than 3,000 Chromebooks to our students, teachers and administrators.

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. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

CUE

Finding technology online is easy, but where can teachers get opportunities to try the technology out first hand? The STEAMpunk Playground provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers to get hands-on experience with the technology they have only read about.