iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating instruction with them.

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. link] Another augmented reality site that shows students a digital hologram of smart grid technology.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

One of the things that I really appreciate about MobyMax is the mix of direct instruction and the ability for students to discover learning on their own through discovery-based instruction. As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

The Open Classroom: A Perspective on Differentiated Instruction

Leadership Lounge

"New math" pedagogy was introduced in the elementary schools in the early '60s with very sketchy results. Elementary teachers were ill-prepared to execute properly, which resulted in a decade or so of students who never "got it" in math.

Setting Up Digital Workstations

Kleinspiration

Try utilizing existing tools in your classroom to set up digital workstations that allow for differentiation, collaboration, choice, and active engagement. Encouraging Choice, Collaboration, and Fun! give away at the bottom of this post - Have you ever ran out of time when teaching a lesson?

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

Kleinspiration

Join us May 21st to see how international classroom design consultant and elementary teacher, Erin Klein, is leveraging technology to maximize her teaching time, while differentiating and personalizing her instruction for all students.

Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo #kinderchat

The CoolCatTeacher

Eduprotocols for kindergarten and early elementary with the book’s co-author Jon Corippo. iPads to Differentiate Instruction in K-2 Classrooms. Jon is the co-author of The Eduprotocol Field Guide and loves sharing better ways to teach and use technology.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. All five schools use some variation of the Station Rotation or Lab Rotation blended-learning models for core instruction in math and English language arts.

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Districts around the country are enacting similar plans, and many start by deciding on what technology to use in the classroom. We spent nearly two years talking to stakeholders and developing our instructional and academic goals before considering what technology to purchase.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Using a blog hits many important curriculum areas, such as differentiating instruction as well as meeting many Common Core Standards (see here & here for examples). Composing a tweet can be a great way to teach brevity in writing as well as how to skillfully edit & revise for length without changing meaning Most importantly, teaching my students a wide range of technology tools and platforms Here is how students use social media.

5 technologies that support differentiated learning

eSchool News

It’s no secret that 21st century teachers and school administrators are under enormous pressure to differentiate instruction to enhance learning for all students, regardless of ability or their innate interest in the material. Next page: 5 technologies for engaging learning centers).

Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12

The CoolCatTeacher

Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong who is using technology with her grade 6-12 classrooms. From augmented reality to game-based learning and online portfolios, she has a variety of ideas to share about how she amps up her science teaching with technology.

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

techlearning

BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. Today, I'm amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Register for my free Differentiating Instruction with Technology webinar sponsored by SMART Learning Suite next Thursday, February 9 at 4pm. Here are instructions for iPhone/iPad or PC/Mac instructions.

The Importance of Technology in Education, Pt. 2

eSpark

In the following interview, find out what inspired them to work in edtech and why they're so excited about classroom technology. This is the second installment of a series of interviews about the importance of technology in education. Ashley - One of the biggest challenges I faced as a teacher was differentiating instruction for ELA. Chris - Differentiation. Ashley - While teaching, I started to realize how common it is to find technology in classrooms.

Site Visit & Shift Happens

wwwatanabe

I had the privilege of visiting two schools that infused technology in the classroom seamlessly. Instead of being wowed, I got consistent active student engagement with seamless technology integration in every classroom. The teachers were masters at differentiated instruction with technology. What was interesting was the learning taking place in 6th-8th grade looked similar to the elementary with the students working in small learning groups.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal.

Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

more effectively differentiate instruction. make the most of our limited technology. Unfortunately, it’s rare to see students engage in play at school after they’ve left elementary school, but secondary students need this time too.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

Kleinspiration

Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

Prodigy - free math game that helps students learn math while having fun

Educational Technology Guy

Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

TEACHER VOICE: How students in one Massachusetts town learned to love coding

The Hechinger Report

Thousands of students in Plymouth public elementary schools participate in Hour of Code, a lynchpin in our technology curriculum for the past three years. With apps and online lessons, we’re able to differentiate instruction for students by level and interest.

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Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum

techlearning

Florida’s second largest district partners with Learning A-Z to provide its elementary schools with professional learning and an award-winning curriculum resource that blends science and literacy TUCSON—Aug. Resources can be used for one-to-one, small-group, and whole-class instruction.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. To illustrate this point clearly, consider how technology and teachers stack up on John Hattie’s rankings. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57. Technology in other subjects – 0.55. Information communications technology – 0.47. Technology with elementary students – 0.44. Technology in writing – 0.42.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

Edsurge

Grouping math students to target instruction has become widespread, with students often placed in one of three categories—intervention, advanced, and somewhere in the middle. Intervention students can get stuck in a deficit model of instruction that repeatedly focuses only on they skills and knowledge they lack. Adaptive GBL platforms can help by doing the heavy lifting, handling instructional planning, delivery, and data collection in mixed ability classrooms.

Tapping into Creativity with Student Choice

eSpark

Educators like Dr. Nagler, Superintendent at Long Island’s Mineola UFSD , have come to believe that creativity can be nurtured and developed so long as teachers steer clear of outdated methods of instruction. Tech Education News Education Technology

#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. Listen to last week’s tech tools show about iPads in the Elementary Classroom with Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen.

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

Edsurge

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. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction.

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. Much of her time was spent managing the technology (e.g.,

CUE 2018: 4 Ways Google Forms Create Efficiencies for Teachers and Administrators

EdTech Magazine

Google Forms are really my favorite tech tool,” said Brent Coley, principal of Alta Murrieta Elementary School (Calif.), Differentiate Instruction with Homework Feedback Forms. For teachers with large classes, differentiating instruction for each student can be quite difficult, but Google Forms can provide a big assist. You can differentiate your instruction before class has even started ,” said Coley.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014

Kleinspiration

NETA : April 24 - 25 (2014) Nebraska In a few weeks, on April 24th, I will fly to Nebraska to keynote their annual state technology conference, NETA: 2014 Mission Possible. It changed the way I viewed technology in the classroom.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Edsurge

With students on my roster performing at a range of grade levels from elementary to beyond high school, I decided against bundled curriculum and textbooks and instead committed to building an in-house curriculum tailored to my students’ needs. As I gained more experience teaching, I realized the most effective curriculum for students should provide a variety of options for assessment and instruction.

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Edsurge

Bryant, who teaches fourth and fifth grade Math at Ketcham Elementary Schoolin Washington, D.C., Bryant is one of many teachers across the country who are continuously refining, adapting, and modifying instructional approaches to better meet their students’ needs. Typically, as schools and classrooms integrate online learning into instruction, the choreography of online and offline learning coalesces into a particular architecture.

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. If you are giving a school a technology that they cannot use—or it is not really going to make a difference in reading scores or school performance—then it is not the right input, not the right system. For some, the model is centered around adaptive technology that students use independently to drive their own learning.

8 essential qualities of a digital literacy curriculum

eSchool News

That was a voicemail message I received from a friend, a principal at a local elementary school one sunny summer afternoon. Most states and districts base their digital literacy standards on the International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) standards for students and teachers.

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. Tech Education News Education Technology

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Rural schools implement personalized curriculum to close skill gaps

eSchool News

Oak Heights Elementary School in Sweet Home, Ore., MobyMax … finds the holes in my students’ academic experience and fills them, contributing to a rock-solid foundation,” said Tim Swanson, a second-grade teacher who is also the school’s technology coach.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

EdTechTeacher

It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all students thrive in our schools. The key strategy to get to this level of understanding involves a tried-and-true instructional practice: formative assessments and feedback.

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. In fact, computer labs are still a key stepping stone for many schools aiming to transform instruction.