How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling

ProfHacker

I’ve written here about using accessible tools such as Twine , Twine 2.0 , Inform 7 , and Inklewriter to create everything from games to interactive essays and digital humanities projects. Do you have a favorite exercise for getting students started with interactive storytelling?

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

On top of that, there’s a daily lunch break that comes with time for kids to get outside and move around. Students can also choose from two additional exercise-focused electives — dance and personal fitness — which for some students can mean a 40-minute exercise period every day.

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. Challenge another team or two to a Battle.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

MindShift

Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise — from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns. In recent years, she has noticed a change in how society views stress. Adults can make a difference simply by “reassuring them that, a great deal of time, stress is just operating as a friend and ally to them.”.

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

MindShift

The digital landscape of American childhood is in flux, according to surveys: Most children under the age of 8 now have access to mobile devices in their homes. From Literacy to Literacies. What does it mean to be literate in a world where screens are ubiquitous?

Seven Things to do this Summer to Prepare for Your Flipped Class

Turning Learning On Its Head

Yet, on the other hand, summer gave me time to rejuvenate, play, and learn. One of the beauties of summer is that there is more time to learn and prepare for the coming year. Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement (Bergmann, Sams). Rest: Don’t forget to rest.

DC Public Schools to Teach Kids How to Ride a Bike

K-12 Schools - Education News

Washington, DC Public Schools have started a new program to teach every second-grader how to ride a bicycle. Public Schools, says the lessons are being designed to be “memorable and relevant learning experiences.”

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.

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).

Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

4 ways to use augmented and virtual reality apps in the classroom

eSchool News

Start with the Google Cardboard headset (it’s only $15), and whether you’re using iOS, Android, Chromebooks, or iPads, we’ve curated an assortment of apps and lesson plans to try out with your students. How do you integrate a virtual field trip into your instruction?

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

iLearn Technology

What it is: GeoGuessr is a fun map-based game where students get virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world, and must explore the landscape around them through Google Street View to determine where in the world they are. Tips: Want to create your own GeoGuessr challenges?

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! What makes those blocks and numbers super amazing: each block size corresponds to the number that it represents. (1 These are going to be popular!

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.

Yes, Kinder CAN Use Chromebooks!

Shake Up Learning

Want to win a copy of this awesome book? I’m ashamed to admit this, but on more than one occasion in my teaching career, I have UNDERESTIMATED my students. GAfE4Littles #edtech #shakeuplearning Click To Tweet. Add this book to your reading list now!

Take Breaks and Be Active! An Important Digital Message for All Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

“[A]t some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.” – Laurie Colwin. One resolution my elementary students and I are setting is to be more healthy with our digital use. I teach technology to 450+ second to fifth graders.

Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

What it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others. Aurasma makes it simple to quickly create these types of experiences for others.

Hello Ruby: A whimsical way to learn about computers and programming

iLearn Technology

What it is: Hello Ruby began as a whimsical children’s book by Linda Liuka meant to help kids learn about computers, technology, and programming. Hello Ruby has since escaped the pages of the book, and now Ruby continues all of her adventures in exercises, games, and apps.

Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck. Attribution theory provides a foundation to the ideas connected to a growth mindset. Carol Dweck says mindset is not ‘a tool to make children feel good’ ).

4 Powerful Ways to Implement Class Blogs – From Jennifer Carey

EdTechTeacher

Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. Blogs can be set to private, public, and shared with specific individuals or groups.

Does Your School Offer Enough P.E.? These Statistics Will Shock You! #ProtectPE #ad

Kleinspiration

How Important Is Physical Education In Schools? I was fortunate enough during my first year of teaching to attend several Brain Gym classes and learn about how vital it is for students to have movement throughout the day. What Can You Do To Help?

Teaching Debating Skills

User Generated Education

I, along with many others, have been impressed with how articulate the Parkland students have been regarding their school shooting and gun laws. Every public high school and middle school in the county has a debate program, along with more than two dozen elementary schools.

Learning to Breathe: Educators Use Yoga and Meditation to Reduce Burnout

Edsurge

SAN FRANCISCO — Kimberley Rose knew that breathing exercises could help kids calm down. Yet she never would have incorporated them into her classroom if she hadn’t experienced the power of these exercises herself. She spent many of her weekends this past fall at an elementary school in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, alongside 83 other peers, including fellow classroom teachers and other educators. In 2012, Nankin moved from San Francisco to Wisconsin to pursue a Ph.D.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas. student population continues to rapidly diversify along cultural and linguistic lines , the demographics of the teacher population remain stable at roughly 82 percent white and predominantly female.

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ClassDojo Goes ‘Beyond School’ to Launch First Monetization Feature for Parents

Edsurge

Most investors want to exit their investments and get a financial return within seven years. It’s taken ClassDojo that long to announce its first paid offering. elementary and middle schools. Since its launch in August 2011, ClassDojo has held firm to its commitment to never charge teachers and schools. With Beyond School, “we want to help parents turn these opportunities into learning experiences.” There’s more to Beyond School than points.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. How could we make them better? How could we make them better?

Seven Fun Math Activities for the Summer Break

Ask a Tech Teacher

They are accustomed to cerebral challenges that keep them motivated and summer arrives with its sports, naps, and vacations. Debi DePaul is ORIGO’s elementary mathematics consultant. Summer is an ideal time to mix fun with learning. Calculate how many 5 oz.

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Also be sure to check out our procurement study: Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing. In Baltimore County Public Schools, where I’m the purchasing manager, we’re underway on a strategic plan to prepare students for their chosen college or career path. Richard L.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e259.

Building Teens Into Strong Readers — By Letting Them Teach

MindShift

Two afternoons a week, Mikala Tardy walks six blocks from Eastern High School to Payne Elementary School, not far from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and makes her way to a classroom, where she’ll be tutoring second- and third-graders who are full of energy after the school day.

Learning Mindfulness Centered on Kindness to Oneself and Others

MindShift

Crowded classrooms, hectic teaching schedules and rowdy students have teachers across the country looking for ways to keep their classrooms calm. My basic definition of mindfulness is being aware of the present moment and being kind to yourself,” Butler said.

Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

edWeb.net

Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. Finding patterns and honing in on students’ reading skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention. Cindy Kanuch is the reading interventionist at Calhan Elementary School.

A Math Class Structure that Fosters Conceptual Learning

MIND Research Institute

We share their obstacles, successes and strategies so we can build a community better prepared to mathematically equip all students. Meagan Erwin has been an elementary teacher for 20 years. In addition to social studies and science, she has 90 minutes to teach math each day.

Kiddom Planner: A Highly-effective Tool for your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most don’t survive the first five minutes in front of my students but still I go through this preparatory exercise. Scholastic has eight questions to help teachers plan their lessons : Students: What are the academic, social, physical, personal, and emotional needs of students?

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Confessions of a Digital Leader: My Lifeline is the Classroom

RafranzDavis.com

Yesterday, I spent my morning at our high school and at one elementary school. When you’re the person in the district responsible for how we use technology, everyone wants you to see the great things that they do with technology.