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iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. So many good ways exist to use iPads but how can we personalize it and make it unique? Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

The PACE pilot program is the first federal-approved competency-based assessment pilot and allows a group of New Hampshire school districts to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.

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Setting Up Digital Workstations

Kleinspiration

Ever wish there was just twenty more minutes for your students to extend a lesson with an engaging game? Try utilizing existing tools in your classroom to set up digital workstations that allow for differentiation, collaboration, choice, and active engagement. How creative!

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use.

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Here''s how he does it. I am often asked about how we use "social media" here at PS 10. It is a question that is both simple & easy to answer and one that is also complex and nuanced. Here is how we use it at PS 10 Webpages and wikis - Teachers have class webpages and wikis to help foster the home-school connection. Updates of class happenings are posted, often with pictures (great ways to get insights into the class environment).

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

MindShift

All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help.

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Site Visit & Shift Happens

wwwatanabe

You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn''t quite gotten there. So, when I arrived at the sites, I was expecting those "Oh My Gosh I wanna FB this to the world" type of lessons. The teachers were masters at differentiated instruction with technology. Often times, they would rotate to the next center when the timer would buzz.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Register for my free Differentiating Instruction with Technology webinar sponsored by SMART Learning Suite next Thursday, February 9 at 4pm. A simple way to get started with Twitter. ” Want to hear some more about tech tools?

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. But is technology the key to their success? Roundy Elementary , Vegas Verdes Elementary , and Elaine Wynn Elementary , three franchise schools in Las Vegas’s Clark County School District, and Hollister Prep and Gilroy Prep, two charter elementary schools operated by Navigator Schools in the San Jose area.

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…

eSchool News

Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning.

One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Then Dr. Margaret Gilmore stepped in to lead a district-wide overhaul, and suddenly the story changed—for the better. EdSurge: How did you know where to begin such an immense district overhaul? What are some specific steps you’ve taken to improve teaching and learning?

OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

The Hechinger Report

This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. The other was a third-grade blended-learning classroom at Lincoln Central Elementary School, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. The gifted group. The slow group.

What teachers want in a data dashboard

eSchool News

When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited. Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said.

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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.

Finding Inspiration within the League of Innovative Schools

eSpark

Committed to reimagining learning to better meet the needs of all students, this cohort of visionary districts has a shared set of best practices for bringing purposeful technology into the classroom to transform learning.

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Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2018

Technology Tidbits

With Today's Meet shutting down this year, Palms created a very user friendly tool for creating a "backchannel" that can be used in any number of ways in education. Night Zookeeper - A excellent new free writing tool filled w/ interactive lessons as well as an educational portal to help teachers track and monitor student progress. Hippo Video - One of my favorite sites around for creating digital videos that can be used to "flip" a classroom or create explainer videos.

I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction

Kleinspiration

Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. After returning from my amazing visit to the Scholastic Headquarters in New York, I''ve been reflecting on a few of the conversations I had with my new friends. So, I felt the need to share it with all of you. or the time he found to read.

How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

eSpark

At eSpark Learning, we want to reimagine classrooms so that they’re student-centered, allowing students to succeed in school and in life. The trajectory of eSpark Learning has been marked by what I like to call “magic moments,” instances in which fearless educators and administrators have aligned with our team to work towards a vision in which every student, regardless of circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners

Edsurge

opens his Summit calendar to show his daily goals. “My My goal is to do my task and get 50 percent or more,” it reads. Every morning I change it, and we type our goals right here,” explains Pozo, pointing to his screen. Core to the charter network’s vision is a belief that students can be empowered to make choices that direct their learning, with guidance from teachers and access to real-time data. A recent visit to two schools in Washington, D.C.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

Resources from Miami Device

Learning in Hand

Felix Jacomino , the school’s Director of Technology, managed to lead a team that pulled off an incredible learning event. I had a great time encouraging educators to give students as much ownership over their devices and learning as possible. I thought I’d link to some of them.

50 Math Sites and Apps

Technology Tidbits

Mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own device) is making it easier students to learn, especially in the subject of Math. 50 Math Sites and Apps 4 Dice: Fraction Games - A great iOS app for learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.

What If Your PD Looked Like This?

Graphite Blog

Teachers are no strangers to differentiating instruction for their students, and neither are instructional coaches and digital learning facilitators. I recognized that asking teachers to just accept my ideas wasn't realistic and that if I wanted feedback from teachers who had experienced a total mind shift as a result of a meaningful learning experience, I had to act fast. " Another said, "I want somebody right beside me to hold my hand.

Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

techieMusings

I had the incredible opportunity to visit a school in Queensland, Australia. They invited me to their school to share my flipped classroom journey. They are well into their journey to bring blended and flipped learning to all classrooms.

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Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates

Shake Up Learning

Differentiate with Learning Menus and Choice Boards. I love learning menus, and it is one of my favorite ways to incorporate student choice and to differentiate learning. Digital Differentiation offers teachers and students many ways to reach all learners.

Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

techieMusings

I had the incredible opportunity to visit a school in Queensland, Australia. They invited me to their school to share my flipped classroom journey. They are well into their journey to bring blended and flipped learning to all classrooms.