Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna is full-scale using blogging to teach writing. In today’s show, Rayna teaches us how she does it. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” To enter, use this widget to retweet and share this show.[/callout].

Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

When you have shared iPads, Seesaw is a fantastic way to get the work off the iPads and into the online classroom. If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. Workflow using SeeSaw in the elementary Classroom.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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. As a team, ask learners to sketch out possible solutions.

QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding. Both home team and visitors will be able to learn more about your school.

How to Teach with Chromebooks

The Electric Educator

How can I use Chromebooks in my classroom? Each course has a specific audience in mind - from the teacher who has never used a Chromebook to the one who only uses Chromebooks. I want to help you teach with Chromebooks this year! Elementary students CAN use Chromebooks!

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

Edutopia

Photo credit: Amelia Wells via flickr (CC BY 2.0) Mary Beth Hertz Technology Integration Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world

How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms appeared first on Shake Up Learning. One of my favorite features allows us to differentiate a form for students, meaning we can send students to different questions and pages of information based on how they answer each question.

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

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. There is truly so much to offer. I especially love that the website is free to use and super simple to navigate.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

The PACE pilot program is the first federal-approved competency-based assessment pilot and allows a group of New Hampshire school districts to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.

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 make elementary teachers stronger in STEM

eSchool News

It’s no secret elementary teachers are often weakest in STEM. And to hear Patty Born-Selly tell it that’s especially true at the elementary level. That’s what Born-Selly’s organization, the NCSEE, hopes to prevent. Next page: How PD can help.

How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The App Store is NOT the best place to find apps for your classroom. The best way to find apps is to connect and learn from other teachers using apps in their classroom.

A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Angela Watson talks about the best way to close down your classroom at the end of the school year: Why taking things down too soon can cause behavior problems.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To create a “good blend” to simply add computers to the classroom is not enough.

7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

The CoolCatTeacher

Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher.

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom

Kleinspiration

TeamWork Made Easy - Thanks to ClassDojo ~ It's never about the tool itself. it's how you use it ~ I've used ClassDojo for a number of years in a number of ways. This is a company that truly listens to their users and builds what they need.

How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One

The CoolCatTeacher

While Mike is an elementary science teacher, I learned many techniques that apply to my middle and high school classrooms. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher. Take time to test out Fresh Grade. How does Mike start the school year in a strong way?

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. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step.

How to Have an Attitude to Try New Things #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Episode 26 Josh Harris gets us motivated to try new things From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Josh Harris @edtechspec an elementary edtech director from California, talks about an attitude of innovation.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom.

How to Build Momentum and Leadership at the Same Time

Education Elements

Yuma Elementary School District ONE began the journey of Personalized Learning over two years ago and we went all in --17 schools and 9000 students all at once. At the start of school, iPads were distributed to all students and 490 teachers -- many staff and students had never even held an iPad prior to the distribution. Not only were devices deployed, but digital programs were ready to go.

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Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt. Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday? Learn how to get results.

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.

How to hire more black principals

The Hechinger Report

A student offers Principal Macquline King-Morris a hug on his way to the gym with his class at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago. But the stream of elementary school kids rerouted themselves to deliver hugs, high fives and huge grins.

5 Big Classroom Problems You Can Solve with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re using Makerspace and genius hour, learn how to build an online toolkit for your students. How can we increase student participation with technology? What are the best ways to collaborate with other teachers? The Teachers Guide to Tech 2015.

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. Below we share her tips, along with other research-based ideas to help developers create products to improve student motivation.

How to sharpen your students’ digital skills

eSchool News

Twenty-odd years ago, the extent of an elementary schooler’s digital skills was making it through the Oregon Trail on their classroom computer without dying of dysentery. Today, the digital skills K-12 students need to succeed both in school and after graduation have become much more complex.

How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Kleinspiration

Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics - click here to try Ignite Teaching - I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable. I'm often asked, "How I do it all." Just give them the email you used to register.

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3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place

The CoolCatTeacher

As teachers, we need to protect our health. While I encourage them to wash their hands frequently, they can’t always do that between classes. As I researched my suspicions, I found that an outbreak of the flu at an elementary school in 2008 was blamed on “infected computer equipment.”.

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The 5 components of a future-proofed technology initiative

eSchool News

Just as the atmosphere in the classroom changes to suit the students’ age and learning requirements, the technology in the classroom also has to accommodate the learning requirements of that age group. How does a school future-proof its classroom technology?

How to Help Kids in Poverty Succeed in Life and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Click here to download the transcript or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Subtle bias of educators and how to address it. Want to hear another episode on helping kids in poverty?

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. In this Thursday, Oct.

How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms

Kleinspiration

If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other's thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online?

Top 12 Tools for Teaching Elementary Kids How to Code

Graphite Blog

Coding teaches kids to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. This week, we're highlighting tools that help kids learn to code -- tools that encourage them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. . These apps take advantage of the iPad's tactile qualities by using drag-and-drop mechanisms to teach sequencing as well as simple loops and functions. Click Here for Our Full List of Elementary Coding Tools

How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. 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.

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

MindShift

It’s easy to focus on academics and college transcripts when children become tweens and teens, but retaining the agency and creativity inherent in play is crucial for them, too. “Older kids need those same tactile, hands-on experiences to learn as well.”

How to Kickstart Maker Education

Edutopia

Suzie Boss Maker Education Learn how one Pittsburgh elementary school is collaborating with a local children's museum and others partners to create an innovative makerspace

Making Music with iPads and #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Technotunes and how to use them.

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