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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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. A big thank you to Karen. I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live.

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

The Use of Technology for Reading Acquisition

Saving Socrates

This is an older post, but I recently updated the bottom to include reflections on gradpoint; the blended learning digital content provider Magen David Yeshivah High School chose this past year. There has been an ongoing debate among educators as to how students best acquire literacy. Entire sections of bookstores are devoted to books parents can buy to help practice reading with kids at home. This leap was unfathomable to me.

3 Reasons to Use EduKids Connect in Early Ed Classrooms

Kleinspiration

Early childhood programs have an important role in preparing children to elementary school and encouraging their love for learning. As a teacher you want your little ones to not only eat and sleep well, but also learn and grow. How to get started?

iPad App Review: iCanConduct is a Great Tool For Teaching Pulse and Rhythm To Young Musicians | @beansinmyears

TeacherCast

Jeff sits down with the creators of a great musical app called iCanConduct to learn how it can be used, not only in elementary music classes, but also in upper advanced music classes to teach pulse, rhythm, and beat patterns to your inspiring musicians. .

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12 Projects for your STEAM program

Ask a Tech Teacher

By adding the creativity and problem-solving skills that are part and parcel to Anything Art, students have permission to use colors, images, and outside-the-lines thinking to address Big Ideas and Essential Questions. enables learners to develop and express creativity.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Edsurge

Now in its 25th Demo Day, the Silicon Valley accelerator has created a machine for turning fledgling ideas into businesses that get investors salivating—and writing checks. Its graduates have gone on to raise more than $13 billion in total. YC Demo Day 1 has begun @ycombinator #ycdemoday pic.twitter.com/YOem8vP3oG. Those who pay $20,000 don’t have to give anything back. You’re going hard, 9 to 6, Monday to Friday,” Allred adds.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

techlearning

This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below).

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Popup Makerspace at UGA with the Maker Dawgs and Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

She wanted to bring her Maker Dawgs class to the UGA Tate Center Plaza to host a popup makerspace. The idea would be to have a variety of maker tools available for UGA students to try on the spot. We are taking over UGA to show off Makerspace stuff.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

Tapping into Creativity with Student Choice

eSpark

In a recent TED Talk , Dr. Michael Nagler advocated for student-centered learning, saying, “If I give students choice in the work that they’re doing, then they’re more likely to be engaged and produce better products.

Explore Flipped Learning at ISTE 2015

Turning Learning On Its Head

Are you going to the ISTE 2015 conference and want to find out more about Flipped Learning? There are quite a few opportunities for you to explore. Below is a list of the sessions we were able to find. Blend and Flip in the Elementary Classroom.

Class Creator: A streamlined way to determine student class placement

The Cornerstone Blog

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who HAS to be separated? Classes are created according to your school’s placement policy.

Explore Flipped Learning at ISTE 2015

Turning Learning On Its Head

Are you going to the ISTE 2015 conference and want to find out more about Flipped Learning? There are quite a few opportunities for you to explore. Below is a list of the sessions we were able to find. Blend and Flip in the Elementary Classroom.

When My Kindergarten Class Got a 3-D Printer

Graphite Blog

When my printer arrived, I was giddy with excitement -- and a bit unsure of what to do with it. Last spring, I was one of several thousand teachers across the nation to benefit from an effort by MakerBot to provide a 3-D printer to as many schools as possible. When my printer arrived, I was giddy with excitement -- and a bit unsure of what to do with it. In the spirit of making, I decided my best option was to create those opportunities myself.

What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great?

Edsurge

In the last five years, there have been some remarkable shifts in the tools educators use in the classroom and to perform their many responsibilities. We’ve seen the market fluctuate dramatically, as early iPad-dominated classrooms gave way to the rise of Google. As a director for Common Sense Education , I’ve enjoyed something of a ringside seat, having edited close to 1,000 edtech reviews written by expert educators. Avoid the whole “Contact us to try this out!”

Learn Along with Me this Summer

My Paperless Classroom

This wasn''t going to be a summer of running summer camps, or teaching middle school students to blog. What was this summer going to be about? I am energized to work with teachers to get them creating digital content for their students.

Out of poverty, into the middle class

The Hechinger Report

His dream is to become a business owner. Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series exploring how schools can prepare young people for the good middle-class jobs of the future. Elementary school: hated it,” Amber says.

This may be the best way to train teachers, but can we afford it?

The Hechinger Report

Adams Elementary School resource room teacher Zoe Leverson, and STR graduate student Maria-Elena Velásquez, check in with a fifth-grader following the lesson. At day’s end, the student teachers and their University of Washington professors would gather to deconstruct the day’s work. “I’m

Class Creator: A streamlined way to determine student class placement

The Cornerstone Blog

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who HAS to be separated? We’d work and work until we got it juuuuust right…and then discover that administration had decided to consider additional factors, and the classes we spent so much time creating looked nothing like the actual classes kids were placed into. Click here to sign up!

Class Creator: A streamlined way to determine student class placement

The Cornerstone Blog

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who HAS to be separated? Classes are created according to your school’s placement policy.

Class Creator: A streamlined way to determine student class placement

The Cornerstone Blog

I can recall spending ridiculous amounts of time with my third grade team trying to provide input on student placement for our kids when they moved to fourth grade. Who HAS to be separated? Classes are created according to your school’s placement policy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via PR Watch : “ Betsy DeVos Ethics Report Reveals Ties to Student Debt Collection Firm.” Via Wired : “The Senate Prepares to Send Internet Privacy Down a Black Hole.” ” Via The Atlantic : “How Betsy DeVo s Could End the School-Integration Comeback.” Via Edsurge : “How Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ’s iZone Went from ‘Cool’ to Cold.” ” Honestly, I can’t even bear to look.

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

If you’re interested in the possibility of video games for learning–that is, teaching and learning with video games to master both academic and non-academic content–than the following collection may be of interest to you. This has to do with the quality of the game.

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Web 2.0 Tools

MSEDTechie

So its a website that allows you to share web resources within the same window. Ultimately, we want to make sure they are able to compete in this global society. Which ones will you introduce to your kids? They have to write a report, and create a presentation.

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