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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. Below is an example. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! *

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. Can you provide an example?

Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

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But elementary school-age kids do have the natural curiosity, imagination, drive, and ability to come up with innovative ways to change the world for the better. I am completing a social entrepreneurship unit with my gifted students, grades 2nd through 5th. It was one of my favorite units.

Using Mind Maps in Elementary


Using Mind Maps in Elementary I''ve been using MindMaple for many of my personal and professional organizational needs, and I wanted to see if my seven year old daughter could use the software to create a mind map.

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

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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. Examples: Education brain cooperative learning experiential learning neuroscience STEM

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. 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?

3 Fun Examples Of Technology-Based Assessement

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The post 3 Fun Examples Of Technology-Based Assessement appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Elementary School New Teacher Tools

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

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50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary


over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! The site is perfect for any elementary grade level. For example, we may play Fraction Fling (similar to Angry Birds) before we launch our study of fractions.

#Iwishmyteacherknew Examples Revealing All Around

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#Iwishmyteacherknew Examples Revealing All Around. Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Colorado. Iwishmyteacherknew’ 40 Moving Examples Of #Iwishmyteacherknew; 40 Moving Examples Of #Iwishmyteacherknew .

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

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I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!


iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. This is because the developers have made iTooch Elementary free to download and try before you buy it (y ou get to see about 20 % of the app in the free trial).

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Next, students matched images of scenes — a toy car being pushed up a ramp or two people tossing a ball, for example — with the correct word identifying the type of force depicted: strong or gentle.

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.

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). Guest post by Computer Teacher & Tech Coordinator, Chris Casal | Cross posted at The Casal Operating System Editor''s note: Chris Casal is a member of the NYC DOE Social Media Advisory Team. His insights have helped inspire and guide teachers in the effective use of social media in the classroom.

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom


For example, because we have always used ClassDojo as a whole class or small group model, when we notice a friend being respectful, we share it when appropriate. TeamWork Made Easy - Thanks to ClassDojo ~ It's never about the tool itself.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?


Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Next, students matched images of scenes — a toy car being pushed up a ramp or two people tossing a ball, for example — with the correct word identifying the type of force depicted: strong or gentle.

5 Classroom Design Themes for Elementary Make-Overs!


For example, instead of using baskets or tins, I used metal dog bowls to hold classroom supply items.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy.

Elementary Book Report Machine

The Electric Educator

My first project of 2016 was to help Kingsley elementary school , a small school in northern Michigan, build an elementary book report machine. Writing reflectively is a key component of the common core standards ( example ).

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. For example, they can take pictures of the homework board in the classroom. apps best tech elementary edtech grade level technology integration web based

Class Tech Tips: Adobe Spark Activities for Elementary Students


This post includes a handful of Adobe Spark activities for elementary students! The examples below provides ideas for a handful of activities you can tailor to different ages and content area goals. [ Here’s an example hosted on YouTube all about Sea Turtles.

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Study reveals elementary math gains

eSchool News

For example, “In HCPSS, the student who started the year at the 50th percentile, and who used DreamBox at the average level of 7.1 Study of grades 3-5 students showed improved math achievement with personalized learning approach.

Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom


For example, students might draw their favorite animals and then record their explanation of what they are and why they drew them. The post Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Research Skills in the Elementary Classroom


For example, a student that loves football may have a heartbreak that players can get hurt playing football. For example, a student researching an animal may have notes on Habitat, Diet, Life Span, etc. The post Research Skills in the Elementary Classroom appeared first on EdTechTeam. Today’s learners need to know how to ask and answer their own questions. They need to be independent thinkers and not always given questions provided by teachers.

My New Intel All-In-One PC, Before And After #IntelAIO (Perfect Touchscreen PC for Elementary!)


Take the personal computer, for example. An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Keep in mind as you''re reading this review that I am not a technology specialist. Before and After My AIO (All-In-One) PC As a 2nd grade classroom teacher, I often find that my goals or expectations for a product may differ slightly from those are not educators. In the classroom, a teacher''s desk computer can often become much more than a "personal" computer.

How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe


My elementary faculty impressed me with their ability to use these 21st-century robots in a variety of subject areas including language arts and humanities. Here are four examples of how A. Example #1 – Using Robots for Reading Comprehension.

Amidst Opioid Addiction, Plummeting Morale, One Elementary School Reinvents Itself


When you enter Parker-Varney Elementary School, you are immediately struck by the relaxed atmosphere. One of the most powerful examples of Parker-Varney’s capacity to change are our multi-age grade bands. Across Parker-Varney Elementary, teachers focus on what can work rather than on what is not working. Make your way to the office to check in, and you’ll see students walking by and waving, moving in and out of community spaces with confidence and ease.

App Smashing on the iPad: A Guide for the Elementary Classroom


Are you an elementary teacher looking for creative ways to integrate iPads into student learning? For example, a student might be writing or drawing a story with an app that can insert videos, but the app itself cannot make a video.

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

Education Superhighway

For example, we have one where students take math quizzes, and over 6,000 questions were answered over snow day. The post Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

3 ways to leverage elementary coding for NGSS standards

eSchool News

These give practical examples of how knowledge can be built from the early years to help get students thinking like programmers.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. Here’s one example of how 3D Bear can be used for a real world conversation. You could have a classroom design challenge, for example, where students suggest repositioning the furniture.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

01:01 Vicki : So give me an example of how it’s used in your classroom. So that’s just one example of getting the year started off with a thinking routine. So for example, one of the types of thinking is perspective taking. 05:00 Vicki: So you’ve already given us three examples.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul.

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

As you can see in the example below, they were brainstorming about names for their podcast. Events – step-by-step processes including examples like photosynthesis or a sequence of events in a piece of literature. For example, some parts work like Wikispaces used to, but not quite.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Aaron Marvel @AaronMarvelEDU , and this is an example of an awesome meeting.

5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Elementary School Classroom

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But how was I going to implement AR technology in my elementary school classroom? Not all the markers are free, but the project examples included here feature free ones. iPads are ubiquitous in today's classrooms, but it takes some work to find educational uses beyond games. A donation of iPads to my second- and third-grade combination classroom last year had me searching for new and exciting ways to implement them.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Example Lesson: Using Minecraft to Teach Science. Give us an example. Vicki: So Jeff, how did the teacher that you worked with in this particular example feel about what these kids understood about Mars?

Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares examples of what he has done, challenges, and some of the mistakes he made at first. This is particularly useful for teachers of elementary-age children.). He shares examples of what he has done, challenges, and some of the mistakes he made at first.

5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

The CoolCatTeacher

How can we simply help them understand using examples and research (because we know lecture doesn’t work so well on this topic.) 5 Idea Friday All Grades All Subjects Digital Citizenship Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Flat Classroom and Global Collaboration High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. Episode 365 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.