It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

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. What web-based tools that can be accessed through a browser would you add to this list?

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.

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.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

ClassPad can be accessed from tablets and computers. Students can access your materials through a unique URL. What it is: ClassPad is free online software that lets you digitize your math scratch paper.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

iLearn Technology

When students get stuck, or need to check their work/understanding, not only do they have access to the answer, but also to the process. What it is: Photomath is an app available on the App Store and Google Play.

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

The Hechinger Report

Although the divide between the haves and the have-nots in this country has been widening for years, the 2016 presidential race and, in particular, the surprising victory by Donald Trump underscored the growing discontent caused by unequal access to the American Dream.

Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

This is a site that you’ll want to bookmark for easy access, and put on all of your students devices if you have a one-to-one environment. What it is: Adobe Spark is a collection of fantastic (free!) creative tools available online or as an app download.

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DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

Teachers, you can get access for free to make sure that the apps are right before committing to a purchase for your students. What it is: I adore the DragonBox math apps ! I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

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a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.

Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

From the teacher perspective, Seesaw makes it simple to access student work immediately from their own device. What it is: Seesaw is the first truly student centered/driven digital portfolio tool that I’ve seen.

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

Bodo recognized the vast number of refugee children (and girls in particular) who have no access to the school system of the country from which they have fled. In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. There is also a paid account option that includes some additional features that would be ideal if you use Google Classroom and would like to access ready-made assignments on DOGO.

Making & Science with Google

iLearn Technology

Tips : While the activities reference the Science Journal app for data collection, if you have access to other types of devices you can still use these activities! What it is: Making & Science is an initiative by Google aimed at showing students that anyone can be a maker or a scientist. Using the featured Science Journal app (Android and Chromebook only), students can measure light, sound, and more.

Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

iLearn Technology

Beginning with foundational rational math concepts, Woot Math makes these necessary foundational skills accessible for all students. Do all of your students have access to a technology device?

Plan It Green: build an energy efficient model city

iLearn Technology

If you don’t have access to a 1:1 environment, this would make a great center on classroom computers during a study on energy or even for whole-class play on an interactive whiteboard throughout a unit on energy.

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123D Design: The simplest (FREE) way to get ideas into 3D

iLearn Technology

When students are finished, they save it to “My Projects” which is accessible in the 123D Design web and desktop app. If you are lucky enough to have access to a 3D printer, the kids can even print out their creations!

Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

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We’re thrilled that middle and high school students in the area will have access to this enriching and engaging summer program, so they can be better prepared for college, careers, and beyond.” Boston — July 16, 2018—According to the BrookingsInstitution , U.S.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie: Well, I am very passionate about the fact that I think that all children should have equal access to education. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education. Some children have access to quality education, and some children don’t.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

The MobyMax tablet runs on Android which means in addition to all of the great MobyMax curriculum, your students also have access to all of the happiness that Android brings. It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

When I started making math more visual, I was able to access all the learners in my classroom. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary.

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

After teaching chemistry, physics, and computer science, I became an administrator for the next 30 years with experience at the secondary, central office, and elementary levels. In 2006 I gave up my job as an elementary principal to care for my wife who had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

LA’s school counselors strike back

The Hechinger Report

Morales started out as an elementary-school teacher, then switched to academic counseling, which she’s done at LA High for the past eleven years; Martinez worked there, too, teaching history and social studies, until six years ago, when he was transferred to another high school in the district.

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As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

Higher education has found itself under increasing pressure to change that, just as has happened in elementary and secondary schools, where a battery of standardized tests constantly check in on what students know. Students in a class at Frederick Community College in Maryland.

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

The Hechinger Report

1 request wasn’t about academics but access to mental health services. And 52 of the district’s 59 buildings provide in-school access to mental health services. Are our students completing post-secondary education?

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools. In Ontario, Canada, for instance, the somewhat shocking facts are: 99% of all Ontario elementary and secondary students have access to computers at school.

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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

The Hechinger Report

Jacqueline Reis, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that while the state had focused on helping special education students transition out of high school before Dracut, the ruling did have an impact. “It

Rising college rates spur Hispanic progress in higher education

The Hechinger Report

Already, one in every four elementary-school students is Hispanic, the U.S. Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Solutions

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Computech is the district’s only “bring your own device” school, and all students have access to a laptop or similar device every day with which they can log in to the portal at any time. Gold stars that seem exciting for elementary schoolers can fall flat with high schoolers.

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OPINION: Trump’s Justice Dept. “would better serve students by focusing on legitimate threats to students’ civil rights”

The Hechinger Report

The Southern Poverty Law Center found that the largest number of incidents took place in higher education institutions and elementary and secondary schools. Higher Ed Opinion Higher education accessLast week, the idea of a potential move by the U.S.

Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

Digital Promise

Educators who design learning experiences that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective create deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for their students.

Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Many supports are available for ELs (bilingual programs, SIOP, SEI), but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can we make access to science more equitable?

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit. CUE Advocacy Update.

Free Resources to Support Your Work

Tom Murray

To support your work, I wanted to compile the resources we discussed in one place to make them easy for you to access. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, and long-time school and district leader, will succeed current President, Gov. Yesterday, I joined former Illinois Superintendent Dr. Greg Goins, on the Reimagine Schools Podcast.

Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the U.S. The congressional hearing focused on the appropriate use of data by school employees, levels of access and security, as well as third party vendors that districts partner with to provide tools and resources for student learning. Seeking counsel while networking with other districts to promote the needed access, while ensuring safety and security, is key.

Share Favorite Apps, Sites, and Resources for Learning with Graphite Bulletin Boards

The Innovative Educator

When students can bring or access devices for learning, teachers want to figure out the best resources. They can start by checking out the boards created by Common Sense Media for Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 in the chart below. Elementary Secondary K-12 ELA ELA Special Needs & Learning Differences Math Math Research Science Science Formative Assessment STEAM Parent Communication Classroom Management Want to share your favorite online resources?

OPINION: Rethinking school choice policies, the ‘myth of meritocracy’

The Hechinger Report

Not unlike the college search, when quality primary and secondary educational opportunities are seen as scarce goods, some parents employ strategies that will significantly increase their children’s likelihood of admission to the prized schools, even at the expense of other children.