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? Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection.

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? Plus, I’ll tell you how to get your free 30-day trial. Digital Learning Collection.

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How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation. Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available to students. Today, we have a gigabit wireless network deployed at our elementary, middle and high schools , and starting this fall, we expect to have deployed more than 3,000 Chromebooks to our students, teachers and administrators.

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Digital Learning Day? How About Digital Teaching Day

EdTechTeam

February 22, 2018, marked the seventh annual Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Day celebrates the use of technology and innovative practices in student learning. Many teachers, myself included, incorporate digital learning strategies on a regular basis. My students have school-issued iPads they bring to class each week. To clarify – I teach elementary band and orchestra. The post Digital Learning Day?

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. Digital Learning

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. The Path to a Successful Upgrade.

Elementary and high school students build Maze Runner-like challenge for Sphero

eSchool News

Naper Elementary School students could be the envy of their peers when it comes to a labyrinth for testing their robotic skills. The collaboration between the two schools started after Shambo had trouble finding a maze to complement the school’s technology.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer.

Motivating Teachers to Be Excellent in the K-2 Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She shares her thoughts on innovation and how to stay motivated when you’re exhausted. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Blog: Learning and Sharing with Ms.

How to Use iBeacons in the Classroom – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Practitioners begin to think about ways to redesign their learning spaces and schools in the upcoming 2015-16 school year to encourage innovative teaching and learning, making this the perfect opportunity to introduce an emergent technology called iBeacons.

How paper-free days can spark a tech transformation

eSchool News

Sometimes one simple question is all it takes to trigger revolution in a school. In the case of Kelly Mill Elementary outside of Atlanta, the question was: How can we more effectively engage our learners? I did not want that to happen.

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

What is the ideal blended learning environment? I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). Many ask me what the best device is for learning.

How 'Learning Experience Design' Helps Customize Online Courses at Scale

Edsurge

In keeping with the school’s long held tradition, the faculty at Boston College takes a “whole person” approach to education, helping students explore their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development. Some companies had a cookie-cutter approach to course development.

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How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving

Edsurge

But instead of dusting off the DVDs buried in your desk drawer, consider using these edtech-powered ideas to get your learners’ bodies moving and brains working. Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. I like to call these challenges “activators” because they activate curiosity, thinking, and problem-solving in students’ brains.

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Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more.

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Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs

The CoolCatTeacher

Teach them to become a director! If you’re preparing students to take a test or just teaching math, this is a fascinating method for teaching. Download the transcript or scroll down to read it. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an Eisenhower Fellow (full disclosure: I was also a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow). Can you explain what you saw and learned? In my piece “ Waking up in Helsinki, Waking up to St.

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

Edsurge

When tech giant Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, cities across the country scrambled to produce persuasive pitches. In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. To create compelling video arguments, student teams interviewed experts in economic development, researched state history and geography, and even wrote poems to sing the praises of their region.

Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the most powerful potential benefits of blended learning is how it can help teachers create an achievement-oriented culture in their classrooms. He also shares thoughts on how blended learning has changed his approaches to classroom management.

Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Digital Services

techlearning

Discovery Education announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its supplemental and digital textbook services. In addition, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters are back and will soon be added to Streaming Plus and Science Techbook.

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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.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips

eSchool News

Tips to help students get the best possible experience from their virtual field trips. I have many great memories from elementary school, but my favorite memories revolve around field trips. Here are five tips to make these fantastic experiences meaningful for all students.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Lately my mind has been wrapping itself around how instructional practice has changed due to digital instruction. What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Consider the following forms of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening and their importance in the digital age when information is so readily accessible.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Consider the following forms of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening and their importance in the digital age when information is so readily accessible.

Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools

eSchool News

A big move into education, Amazon edges out OverDrive to capture NYC e-book contract. Under the terms, Amazon would have the right to sell e-books and other content but not devices like Kindles through an internal marketplace site.

A tale of two pilots

eSchool News

note : Choosing hardware or software for an entire school district is a momentous decision, so it only makes sense that districts across the country are choosing to pilot products before signing on the dotted line. Listen and Learn. We made plans to expand our pilot.

Google’s virtual reality viewer comes to the classroom

eSchool News

Students in Melinda Lamm’s fifth-grade class at Wells Elementary School in North Carolina were in the computer lab, but not a single student was looking at a computer screen. They began to call out different places until they all agreed on Mars.

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. However, access to tools and opportunities for schools in these communities is a matter of the right financial support. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top News

Equip Students to be Skilled Searchers!

Teacher Reboot Camp

But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom.” One of the most popular ways our students learn is by Googling or YouTubing it! Get your copy of The 30 Goals Challenge , Learning to Go , or Hacking Digital Learning.

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How teachers can use smart boards in the classroom

Neo LMS

Learning how to use a smart board in the classroom to make it an effective learning tool doesn’t have to be challenging, as long as you realize the fact that good teaching is still the most significant thing in any classroom.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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