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. What tool are you using?

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.

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.

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. Tap Tech Tools to Create a Learner-Friendly Digital Environment.

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

techlearning

There are tools out there that allow students to code with arrows and with lines, but eventually, students are going to have to move into block coding. I like this as a starting place for late elementary because there is so much I can do with it. Let's talk about computer science.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. 5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons. We’re talking about five free tech tools to try in social studies lessons! Tool #1: Make Bookshelves in Google Books. Free tool.

Study 312

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. Tool #1: Read and Write for Google Docs.

Tools 264

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.”

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

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 goal was simple, to introduce and train them on some age appropriate technology tools while identifying natural pedagogical fits.

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to.

How To 380

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? They can do that because we’re giving them tools through the Internet. Technology] can be a dangerous tool.

Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom

EdTechTeacher

At its heart, Draw and Tell is self-directed storytelling and exploration tool, so it doesn’t come with a user guide. Personally, I certainly could have used help getting the pencil tool to work, but I figure the 7-year old me would have figured that out sooner.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Pick some tools. What are some of Monica’s favorite tools for formative assessment. How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt.

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. She started off her class with a whole-group lesson, then moved students through three different 15-minute stations—one station was the adaptive assessment and instructional tool i-Ready, another was math games, and a third was independent work based on the lesson.

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. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities. Amesse Elementary.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now.

Tools 460

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.

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

As you can see in the unboxing video when you go into the collection, you can assign specific apps to specific students and the collection will give them access accordingly. I think the easiest thing about this tool is that everything is in one place.

How To 427

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. It’s been a fantastic tool to use in the classroom.

How To 329

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. Melissa: Well, the tech tools I’ve pulled out right now are a mixture of tech tools that teachers can use for data collection and also for 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. She always reminds teachers that using technology in the classroom is about the learning goal first, the tool or strategy second.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. Then they’re able to access the material that I want them to. Now you’re excited about how Hyperdocs and this interactivity is being built into other tools.

How To 339

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If Why Screencasting Is a Useful Formative Assessment Tool.

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.

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. We may install things on their Chromebooks, but when they are on their phones, they are getting unfiltered access to the internet.

How To 468

FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

The CoolCatTeacher

While you’re there, sign up to get your free access to Matific for the games. Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) How to Guides. IT Coaches and Directors Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Math Teachers STEM Students Teachers Tech Tips Tools Web Tools

How To 317

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

5 New EdTech tools to watch. In this post, we will show you the top five new techno tools that you might use in your university. With such tools at your disposal, you can not only discuss certain themes but also show them to the students.

EdTech 351

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. It came about because students like Maggie were willing to help us solve some problems we encountered when we started our journey to roll out a collection of new tools we didn’t know much about. The problem: there wasn’t a plan for implementing these new tools.

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

If you use my link to sign up for Edpuzzle , you’ll gain access to a curated library of 50,000 free videos to use with your school. Why Edpuzzle Is an Essential Classroom Tool. You can get started by clicking this link and you’ll get access to the 50,000 curated videos in their library.

How To 354

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

I think every classical literature teacher should have an Owl Eyes account just to access the annotations and lesson plans. If you’re in a 1-to-1 classroom with iPads, Chromebooks, or any other device, this free tool is a MUST-USE.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

You can turn that on in the Settings,in the Accessibility Settings. That’s for the markup tools. Then you have several tools, including a text tool. You have this complete suite of drawing tools that’s available to you to use on any picture.

iPad 332