5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Heather Marrs shares how to get started with gamifying your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it? What if everything students learn could gain them XP (experience points?)

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. In today’s episode, she shares what she’s doing and how her students are learning. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia.

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating instruction with them. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District.

Maximizing Online Learning for Elementary Students

Where Learning Clicks

The post Maximizing Online Learning for Elementary Students appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. By embracing the data & feedback built into the program, two veteran teachers discovered that teaching virtually helped them create more independent learners.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more. She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards. Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Sometimes we’re teaching specifically to the students to learn coding, to learn about loops, or to learn about a variable. 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?

Online Learning in Elementary School: Lessons Learned

Where Learning Clicks

Online learning with young students can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The post Online Learning in Elementary School: Lessons Learned appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. An Odyssey into 21st Century Learning” Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today. Secret Agency on Education World. The Stranger Project on Education World.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

Waterford

Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms.

3 Things Educators Should Debate As We Return to In Person Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

As we return to in-person learning, we should not return to business as usual. Listen to David Bott talk about Three Things Schools Should Debate As We Return to In-Person Learning. 5 Things We Need to Get Right As We Return to In-Person Learning with Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary Math can be exciting. 5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Kelly Gary, a first-grade teacher in Pennsylvania, about five ideas for improving elementary math with technology. And it can be, you know, they don’t even realize they’re learning because they’re playing. Vicki: As we finish up, give our elementary teachers a pep talk about making math exciting.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

As educators, our goal is to shape our students’ lives by teaching them in ways that produce well rounded individuals. Whether STEAM education is new to you or you’re already familiar with it, it’s a great way to excite students about learning.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process: The Task: Build the Highest Tower.

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples

EdTechTeacher

I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. The teachers generously agreed, and below are their examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project based learning at the K-5 level! Learn more here!

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Personalized learning.

Coronavirus Chronicles 005 – Mabel Rush Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Tim Lauer , for sharing how Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg, Oregon is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. Conversation series with educators during the pandemic.

Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. Interested in learning more about project-based learning (PBL) and how to implement PBL in blended and remote learning environments?

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. 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? app is designed to help people learn how to use it.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. It’s whole body-mind learning. Education communication group initiatives problem-solving SEL social-emotional learning team building

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently. Here is a run down of the learning activities I did with my gifted elementary students to teach them about their brains: Introduction to the Brain. Learning About Neurons.

Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. If you’re tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto. The 3 Act project-based model of learning math. Felicia Casto @jfcasto28 has been in education for 13 years.

OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education

The Hechinger Report

Related: The worrying state of science education. As science educators, we need to prepare our entire population to use and apply the practices and knowledge of science in novel ways, including working together to solve vexing and complex problems like pandemics and climate change.

Elementari

Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. Educators are using this easy-to-use tool to have students create interactive digital stories, digital portfolios, presentations, and even choose-your-own-adventures. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! *

Coronavirus Chronicles 027 – Marion-Walker Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10- to 15-minute check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Karen Krisch , for sharing how Marion-Walker Elementary School in Pennsylvania is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science. About once a month, teachers will “set the stage to engage” for an entire week, where students get to test their learning through a series of challenges.

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

A student example blogging as “the blue bunny” and learning point of view. Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade. She is on the MassCUE board of directors, a doctoral student, and hopes to change the world of education some day. Rayna’s classroom is a comfortable place to read and learn.

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom.

Elementari

Technology Tidbits

*UPDATE - An educational portal has been completed allowing educators to create student accounts (up to 30 for free) and approve all stories before being published!!! Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! choose your own adventure digital storytelling project based learning

Osceola County Brings Flexible K-12 Learning Platform and Coding Resources to All Elementary Educators and Students Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

eSchool News

Florida’s School District of Osceola County (SDOC) today announced the expansion of its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education. Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.

3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. With Advancement Courses , you never stop learning.

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In line with the theme of this blog, student-centric and user generated educational techniques. I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. In the Socratic method of education, teachers engage students by asking questions that require generative answers. In the Socratic seminar, the teacher uses questions to guide discussion around specific learning goals.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all – I mean all – of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design.