4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeromie Heath on episode 558 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Engaging students can be a challenge. A student from Jeromie Heath’s class shares her perspective on learning and why she wanted to learn for Jeromie in this episode. Today, join in the conversations about learning and engagement and all your own thoughts on social media. Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Teachers

Improve Student Engagement and Learning with Technology Coaching

Digital Promise

At Emerald STEAM Magnet Middle School in El Cajon, California, a digital simulation of the annex where Anne Frank lived in hiding brought history to life and allowed students to develop a better contextual understanding of the play they were reading. “I I think that if we hadn’t found that simulation or if we hadn’t used our computer then I would have still been left with a whole bunch of questions,” one student said. Blog Dynamic Learning Project Educators

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Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic. I was fortunate to work with numerous educators this summer on how to teach and lead for higher student engagement – even during a pandemic.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. 8 Online Learning Stations.

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

Wisewire

Where do students spend their time outside of school? 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? Students spend much of their lives outside of school interacting on social media. Three of the most popular social media platforms among students are Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

Classroom Tech Can Drive Student Engagement—But Schools Need to Choose Wisely

Edsurge

When Logan City School District knocked down most of their aging red brick high school, they remodeled and rebuilt their way to a two-story, technology-infused learning center. The district loaded up on engaging tools to help teachers and students connect and collaborate—TVs in classrooms, whiteboarding devices, and wireless HDMI to name a few. Serendipity struck when Vivi , an Australia-based classroom engagement solution, reached out to Rugg offering a demo.

How Gamification Through Mobile Apps Can Improve Student Engagement

EmergingEdTech

Elementary education in the 19th century was just about teaching children some basic learning, usually the ability to read. Educational Games & Gamification iPads and Other Tablet Devices iPhones and Smartphones Mobile Learning ResourcesWhen the 20th century came, the education system changed and was centered. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning in the Elementary Classroom [Download]

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Can elementary students effectively complete research projects? Will they still meet required learning objectives with the teacher serving as a guide instead of teaching the curriculum in a direct, traditional manner? When it comes to meeting the complex demands of today’s educational system, Project-Based Learning (PBL) has much to offer—especially at the elementary level. Download Getting Started with Project-Based Learning.

How Smart UX Design Turbocharges Student Engagement

Edsurge

Many of them have been immersed in apps and digital games featuring engaging user experience, or UX, since before they could read. To captivate these students, educational technology has to be more than just a container for instructional content—it has to offer the same level of engagement as the consumer apps they’re used to—in other words, a seamless and enticing UX. I believe that thoughtful, research-based experiences are what make good learning tools exceptional.

How to Keep Students Engaged With “Wow” Moments

techlearning

Teacher-librarian and school library media specialist Dayna Derichs wants every one of the 600 pre-K–fifth-grade students at Wheeler Elementary to have opportunities to experience the “wow” moments that happen when technology transforms learning

Strategies for Motivating Students: Start with Intrinsic Motivation

Waterford

This quote is a great reminder that if we can get students curious and motivated to learn, we can set them up for a lifelong love of learning. And as a teacher, you have the power to help them find that passion for learning while they are young. Motivating Students.

Student Engagement with Buncee in the Science Classroom

Buncee

I have been using Buncee with students for 7 months. I have used it primarily in elementary science, with students in grades 3-5. Two of the major improvements I have observed was with authentic student engagement and work completion. I have found that students WANT to do the work I assign them on Buncee. My students tend to be below level in reading and math. It is crucial to provide diverse learning experiences for my students.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

TeachThought - Learn better.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement. Educators believe that student engagement in the classroom is crucial to learning and that it can increase achievement and enrollment in challenging courses while decreasing dropout rates. Until recently, teachers and administrators lacked tools to measure the engagement levels of their students in the classroom. Wang found that engagement varied among different groups of students.

A Simple Lesson Structure for Fostering Student Engagement #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

Beginning dialogic engagement in the classroom simply requires getting children invested in an issue they can relate to and on which they have different perspectives and helping them engage each other’s perspectives. Engaging Literate Minds, pg. What did I learn from their perspectives about our new normal? . Many helpful insights, and they communicated three needs as we prepare for the possibility of continued teaching and learning from a distance.

How This Teacher Harnesses Student Curiosity with Hands-On Learning Experiences

Edsurge

First grade teacher Byron Gilliland has combined Rigamajig (the right tool) with Deeper Learning (the right pedagogy) to facilitate a learning environment that sees all students embrace their curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and collaborative abilities to own their learning at a higher level.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

eSchool News

It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. FLVS is one of two Community Winners in the eSchool Media and Xirrus Innovate to Educate awards program , which recognizes the unique ways schools and districts are leveraging technology to improve student learning.

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

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. Recently, we interviewed three 5th grade teachers who shared more about the transformational role technology plays in student engagement at PWCS. ” ESH: Before your upgrade, how did the level of Internet access impact teaching and learning?

Flexible Content & Tools: Part 3 - An Interview With an Elementary Educator

Education Elements

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of our changing educational landscape, and an acknowledgement that the world we must prepare our students for is different than the one we grew up in. One of the biggest ways education has already changed is in the content and tools students engage with. Personalized Learning

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. We not only want students engaged, but also want to see evidence of learning aligned to high standards as well as the development and application of essential skill sets. Within minutes I received new recommendations and I took a few minutes to learn how to use each new tool.

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

MindShift

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge. The two occupy opposite ends of the secondary math spectrum — seventh-grade pre-algebra and 12th-grade calculus, respectively — and both have found ways to strengthen student engagement through reading.

How Student Agency Can Ease the Pain of Remote Learning and Teaching

Edsurge

With summer and fall planning top of mind for educators across the country, one stubborn challenge is students’ online attendance and engagement—or, precisely, the lack of it. In many schools and districts, half or less of their students participate in remote learning. Many students are unable to participate virtually due to resource constraints. For those who can, it’s become abundantly clear that grades alone are insufficient to motivate learning.

Among Us Classroom Style: Another Case for Game-Based Learning

User Generated Education

Students from the three schools where I teach gifted students look forward to it all week long. Here is the slide deck I used with my upper elementary gifted students: Here is the link to the presentation – [link] if you want to use it.

6 Digital storytelling tools for hybrid learning environments

Neo LMS

Throughout the school year, we have many opportunities to engage students in digital storytelling. Years ago, I would assign the exact same projects to my students and leave little room for their own choices for how to show what they had learned. Elementari.

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Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

She was also curious how students were faring in other schools. “I I remember thinking that the school systems must have a great list of recommended online learning,” she said. Everyone’s a different learner,” said Joffe, “and that’s often overlooked in online learning.”.

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child

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50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child by TeachThought Staff There are many ways to encourage a child, but for students of any age, honest, authentic, and persistent messages from adults that have credibility in their eyes are among the most powerful. The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning has put together the […]. Teaching Elementary School New Teacher Student Engagement Trending

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Check out their free 3-hour micro course, Launching Online Learning. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

At these times teachers, schools, and districts may decide to give students homework packets with various activities. 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? Have all students log in during class.

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers. Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life. For related discussions, see 21st century skills, relevance, and rigor ( Authentic Learning ).

Grit, Tenacity, Inclusion — Robotics Programs Teach Much More Than STEM Concepts

Edsurge

Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Growing increasingly interested in robotics, Kate and her sister tagged along to team meetings and were invited by the older students to join in the build. She saw how engaged her peers were in the activities, how they worked together and celebrated each individual’s skills and interests.

Back to School with Elementari

Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning. Educators are using this easy-to-use tool to have students create interactive digital stories, digital portfolios, presentations, and even choose-your-own-adventures. Best of all, the educational portal allows for educators to create student accounts and approve all stories before being published "(ideal for COPPA/CIPA compliance).

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills. In a flipped classroom, students watch lectures and other lesson content on video. Afterward, during the actual class time, students work on problems with their teacher’s help. When video conferencing with your students, your engagement time is more limited, and therefore more valuable. In reality, some of the most engaging PBL learning can be done online.

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10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Matera @ mrmatera , author of Explore Like a Pirate , talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning. So, Michael, what are the keys to purpose-driven learning? What Are the Keys to Purpose Driven Learning?

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

When the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Golden Grove Elementary School in Palm Beach County, FL pad around the classroom in their (possibly) smelly socks, everyone cheers. It’s not because these students and teachers have a peculiar penchant for fetid footsies. Rather, Stinky Feet Day is the students’ hard-earned reward for reaching new benchmarks in silent reading. Linda Edgecomb is the principal of Golden Grove Elementary and a huge fan of Stinky Feet Day.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL).

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Edsurge

Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school. Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Students need to have a reason to read beyond just understanding the main idea. Provide students with autonomy and choice.