Offering Electives to Elementary Students

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It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. Being able to choose a class is huge, and this tends to keep kids motivated to learn ( Beyond the Classroom: Electives in school — essential or entertaining? ).

How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. Related Resources Flipgrid is an amazing tool to use for anything and everything in the classroom.

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Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia

The CoolCatTeacher

Helen Kardiasmenos uses games to teach almost every subject in her early elementary classroom in Australia. Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia. The post Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Stem Education in 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

A growing focus of schools is STEM. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Brianna, has some general observations about STEM education in 2020: Stem Education in 2020. So, what is STEM education? The essential component in 2020 is a T-part of STEM – Technology.

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How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

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Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers? There Is a Gender Gap in STEM Education, and Here’s Why. Latinas in STEM.

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50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

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Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms. The first section includes 25 educational tools that can help you plan online activities for your classroom.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

Some people like to debate STEM vs. STEAM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. I once had an actual rocket scientist (he’s a genius & a truly brilliant man) debate STEM vs. STEAM with me. He said there is no place for art in STEM education.

How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

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For synchronous classrooms From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom.

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. We even had a grade 7 classroom (in which) this young girl was just so excited. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”.

How to Teach Students Effective Learning in an Online Classroom

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How I teach students to be effective learners in an online classroom. This episode is an audio version of my presentation to students about how to be effective learners in an online classroom.

Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM

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Komal Singh is a Google Engineer and recruited other Google employees to participate in a powerful 20% time project that encourages girls to go into STEM. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Komal Singh Bio as Submitted Komal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and creator of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’.

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How to make elementary teachers stronger in STEM

eSchool News

It’s no secret elementary teachers are often weakest in STEM. Despite renewed interest, calls for funding, and presidential appeals, true STEM integration is missing from a large number of classrooms across the country. And to hear Patty Born-Selly tell it that’s especially true at the elementary level. Students, in turn, feel detached from science and math, which may dissuade them from pursuing STEM subjects at higher levels later on.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

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Elementary Math can be exciting. This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem. 5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology. I surprise them with different activities and things that I see going on in the classroom.

6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills

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Right now, many of us are looking for high-quality, easy-to-use materials that can reach students both at home and in the face-to-face classroom. We talked to educator Alyssa Lyons about how to bring real-world skills to your classroom with some powerful curriculum.

Minecraft in the Classroom

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Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. Minecraft in the Classroom. Minecraft in the classroom. So, Jeff, describe for us… How are you using Minecraft in your classroom, and what kind of things are you teaching? Jeff: Ah, yeah… So I’m using Minecraft Education Edition in my technology classroom with my students.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

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Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson. Why code in the elementary grades? So, Sam, why do we even want to code in the elementary grades? When I first heard about coding in the elementary grades, I was really put off by it.

Q&A: Christine Cunningham Proves Even Elementary Students Can Be Engineers

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By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Boston’s Museum of Science has developed an award-winning STEM curriculum. Classroom Curriculum STEM

5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together

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STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. 5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together. Vicki: Let’s talk about bringing computational thinking and STEM together with Stephanie Zieger. So, Stephanie, what is our first way to bring computational thinking and STEM together?

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What's In Your Elementary STEM Lab?

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Often when people come to visit our lower school STEM lab they ask "how did you know what to put it in?" The first thing I would suggest to a school system wanting to create a STEM lab is not to try to buy everything in the beginning. These are our "go to" robotics for elementary students. Curriculum, software and STEM, discovery-based project kits. The time our students spend in the STEM lab directly supports the integrated units in our lower school.

Ward’s Science–So Many STEM Resources

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Basically, it’s because there aren’t enough education opportunities that require that sort of skill and those there are, usually rhyme with ‘math’ or ‘science’ which to many kids are “just too complicated” Enter STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. “I I don’t think schools can manage without coding and STEM. Nothing promotes these better than STEM. I found a partner in my STEM projects.

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5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

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If you want to understand the pedagogy and purpose of augmented reality in the classroom, this is the conversation for you. Episode Sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. I previously taught in the regular elementary classroom for 13 years.

How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

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As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. Then learn how to make your classroom a safe and welcoming place for all students. The Importance of Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

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Michael Cohen aka the Tech Rabbi on episode 448 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning. Empatico uses live video, file sharing, a partner classroom at least 300 miles (or 483 kilometers) away, and specially designed activities.

5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day with Monica Burns

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As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day.

How to Teach STEM Every Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Every corner of every life includes STEM, which explains the increasing interest in STEM-educated students to fill the nation’s jobs. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. Significantly, STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Embrace the concrete nature of answers in STEM topics.

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Listen to Vicki Davis share techniques for nurturing creativity in the classroom Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

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But elementary school-age kids do have the natural curiosity, imagination, drive, and ability to come up with innovative ways to change the world for the better. Learning tasks are authentic, relevant, and promote life skills outside of the formal classroom. Education Maker Education cross curricular entrepreneurship entreprenuer experiential learning STEAM STEM student-centricI am completing a social entrepreneurship unit with my gifted students, grades 2nd through 5th.

A Few Must-Have Books for Elementary Classrooms!

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I believe that a classroom operates best when it resembles a team or a family. Of course, the best activities to go along with her stories stem from the meaningful class discussions that naturally evolve as the stories are being shared. books for character education classroom read alouds Maria Dismondy pink tiara cookies for three Spaghetti in a hot Dog bun The Juice Box Bully The Potato Chip Champ

How to Teach AI in the Classroom

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michelle Zimmerman, author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning , talks about Artificial Intelligence and what we should be teaching kids in our classrooms today. They have a new classroom management tool called Collections. The new classroom management features in Metaverse are free to try with promo code ARforEDU. They have a new classroom management tool called Collections.

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Arts-based Teaching in Elementary Schools

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With efforts like Rhode Island School of Design’s championing of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, the arts remain at the forefront of dialogue about best practices in elementary education). Arts-based Teaching Models in Elementary Schools. Many elementary school systems have programs that include some rotations of music, visual art, and PE classes. Models can be school-wide or classroom-based. Blog Featured STEAM STEM Technology

Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue

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The post Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Learning Spaces My Paperless Classroom STEM Education Elementary School MakerSpace Teaching PedagogyThere are so many different challenges and opportunities awaiting us as the teachers and I work together to create awesome learning experiences for our students.

The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through

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The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through by Kate Began With our world becoming increasingly technology-driven, there is growing demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet this demand, there has been ongoing discussion on how to best educate our kids for a STEM-focused future. STEM education will only become more important moving forward. RELATED: STEM Resources (lots).

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How one district supports STEM during COVID

eSchool News

eSN : Tell us about your STEM setup. FP : We actually have our computer teacher at our elementary schools, who has morphed into a STEM teacher as well, which is great. Like every educator, Frank Pileiro has had to pivot.

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Motivating Teachers to Be Excellent in the K-2 Classroom

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Using Book Creator in the Elementary Classroom – T his is a FREE Resource great for K-4 educators looking for ways to use Book Creator in their classroom. The post Motivating Teachers to Be Excellent in the K-2 Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Robots in STEM

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The post What can we learn about STEM Education … FROM the Robotics? | Explore how consumer robots can support hand's on STEM learning with primary grade students. Sam shares his "Robot as Constant" approach to elementary science and STEM. Beyond the Hour of Code My Paperless Classroom Pedagogy Robotics STEM Education