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? Today, Heather Marrs, a teacher and instructional coach from Oregon, takes us through the five steps she used to gamify her elementary classroom and give us the tips and tricks she learned to motivate every learner. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 2 Virtual Jigsaw Activity with Google Slides.

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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. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? Amy has fourteen years of experience working as an elementary educator.

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. Now, that’s good stuff for every K-2nd grade iPad or Google Play enabled tablet! The post Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. ” The post Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. Learners are given access to the following Google slide and asked to explore the resources independently. Google Slides doesn’t have this function.) When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

The CoolCatTeacher

Alice Keeler and Vicki Davis demo both sides of Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.”

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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. I create a Google Doc. Eventually the kids go searching and I show them where they can do Safe Searches through Google. Vicki: As we finish up, give our elementary teachers a pep talk about making math exciting.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary and primary students can learn to code. 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? When I first heard about coding in the elementary grades, I was really put off by it. Chromebooks Computer Science Teachers Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning Gsuite and Google Apps How to Guides.

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. His Google Spreadsheet with links to all the 3Act Lessons and information! The post Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

How To Share Elementary Videos?

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom to Share Privately I was asked this question Looking for a suggestion… A music teacher wants for all our elementary music teachers to be able to video 30-60 seconds of a class and for the rest of the department to view the videos… Not for public, but for idea sharing within the department… […]. The post How To Share Elementary Videos? Google

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Google Docs. Google Classroom. How to use Google to search for Creative Commons images. 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. The post Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Elementary Book Club for Advanced Readers

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest challenges they face is the wide range of reading skills in their classrooms. Most of the teachers I coach at the elementary level are using the Station Rotation Model during their English language block. In an effort to challenge students who are above reading level, I worked with a first-grade teacher, Jessica Perry, to design a book club for advanced readers using Google Slides and FlipGrid.

What’s Hot (and Not) in Google Classroom with Alice Keeler

The CoolCatTeacher

Dig into teaching practices with Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Google Classroom is a tool that can help build relationships between students and teachers. Google Classroom Guru Alice Keeler talks about what is hot and not in Google Classroom and how teachers are using it to teach. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

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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. Google Classroom, Seesaw). The post Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level appeared first on EdTechTeacher. By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ). This post includes updated content from a previous blog post on Tom Driscoll EDU. For the original post, click here.

Technology, Learning, & Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom – from Avra Robinson

EdTechTeacher

Providing access to more than just apps, Google Chromebooks are the perfect tool to build the foundation for technology success in young students. Many people fear that computer usage in the early elementary years consists of just “playing games” and want to limit the “screen time.” Google Drive organization can be its own unit of study. Implementing them at the early elementary grade levels creates a strong foundation for continued success! Google & Chromebooks.

Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

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. Market Survey – Google Form. It was quite a treat watching them continually examine the graphs found on the Google form response page. I saved the receipts, made copies of them, and had each learner create her or his Google sheet to record expenses.

12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Ditch That Textbook

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom technology in elementary school

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Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey. I always like to use Google Maps. I find that it’s one of the most up to date tools, it’s “real life,” kids use it every day, so when I’m giving them questions to answer in class, I like to use Google Maps.

Google Earth's Spooky Spots Quiz

SpeechTechie

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Newtown - Sandy Hook Elementary

Educational Technology Guy

I was at one of our elementary schools working with a principal on some technology ideas when we started to get the news about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, just 15 miles north of us. Follow me on Twitter and Google Friday was a shocking day. We were shocked and saddened even without knowing any details. Staff members live in that town and were trying to get more information about their own children.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

In my position as K-12 Director of Technology Integration and Innovation in the Spotswood School District, I am assisting with the district’s transition to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) as well as working with teachers on the effective integration of technology. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District.

Shapegrams: Grab-and-Go Google Drawings Lessons

Shake Up Learning

The post Shapegrams: Grab-and-Go Google Drawings Lessons appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One such creative project that has blown me away is his Shapegrams projects (grades 2-8), an image challenge for students to recreate images using Google drawings.

Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s show is a team of people at Google who have done just that. Komal Singh is a Google Engineer and recruited other Google employees to participate in a powerful 20% time project that encourages girls to go into STEM. Komal Singh Bio as Submitted Komal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and creator of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’. She currently works at Google as an Eng.

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Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

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You can follow the podcast on the Apple Podcast app , Spotify , Stitcher , Google Play Music or wherever you listen. Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the "10,000 hour rule"—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it involves marshmallows and poker.

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. Kasey Bell’s Google Certification courses are open for enrollment from May 28 until June 10, 2018. Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides. What tricks do teachers get really excited about in Google Slides?

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How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Crystal Koenig talks about Google Keep. In today’s show, Crystal Koenig shares how she uses Google Keep in the classroom: Letting students personalize the classroom by requesting topics to be taught. Integrating Google Keep and Google Docs. Differences between Google Keep and Evernote. Photo recognition in Google Keep. Location reminders in Google Keep. Twitter handle: @Using Google Keep and Evernote to Collaborate and Organize.

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Elementary Students Tweeting

ignitionEDU

I was so inspired by Alice Keeler’s recent post, Class Twitter Account: How Your Students Can Tweet , that I decided to take her idea and generate a Google Form for our soon-to-be-instituted elementary school student tech team to allow them to quickly submit tweets for consideration by our new Twitter feed. I decided to make a Google Sites page containing the embedded Google Form as well as a Twitter widget of the feed.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. Google Masters for Kids of All Ages.

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Elementary Adventures in 3D Printing

Fractus Learning

This year, we are embarking on an exciting adventure in our elementary Makerspace – 3D printing ! While 3D printing may not be new to some, it is new to us and our elementary students. Once they have a project they want to print, they can simply download the file, share it with their teacher via email or Google Classroom, the teacher uploads the.stl file to the Polar Cloud , checks the printer status, and prints.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

In the age of technology, planning for secondary students has become a bit easier as many schools already use platforms like Google Classroom, Schoology, or Microsoft Teams. Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Students If you don't have one, set up a community for students in a platform such as Google Classroom, Teams, or Schoology. Google Voice might be a good option for this.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie Golden: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom. We are a Google school pushing one-to-one devices and integrated technology, meaningful technology. It’s mostly organized, but the search feature for Google Drive is excellent.

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How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

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. Example #2 – Using BeeBots in an Elementary Language Arts Lesson. In the spring, I observed a lesson where the teacher read the story There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly to her elementary class. Blog Featured Courtney Pepe Daily Genius ELA elementary Robotics Sphero

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. Google Slides (free) works on multiple platforms https://www.google.com/slides/about/ Teacher shares Class presentations with students so they can follow along as teacher discusses concepts being taught. Google Docs (free) works on multiple platforms https://www.google.com/docs/about/ Teacher shares spelling/vocabulary words with students.

Research Skills in the Elementary Classroom

EdTechTeam

Google-able vs. Non-Google-able. I always introduce the difference by having a discussion about “Google-able” questions and “Non-Google-able” questions. Google-able” questions are simple questions that one search engine can answer in one quick step. Non-Google-able” questions take time and many resources to find the answer. Once students are finished, they sort and label their questions into “Googleable vs. Non-Google-able.”