It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. 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.

August book study: Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

My co-author, Julie Graber, and I are delighted that we were selected to do a FREE 4-week book study on Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning ! 41-45; elementary). 45-50; secondary). Our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning, was released today!

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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? Schools being closed is nothing new. There are spring and winter breaks. There are snow days. There is summer vacation.

4 Essential Steps to Secure Funding for Hybrid Classroom Technologies

Edsurge

The need for new K-12 classroom technology has never been greater. In this situation, teachers need technology tools that allow them to provide the same high-quality experience for students learning at home and in person. Before you purchase new technology, create a detailed plan.

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. I decided that I was going to take all of the curriculum home over the summer and create supplemental guides using technology to help teach what wasn’t in the curriculum. The back of my MDX filled, I had a goal: to leverage technology to solve this problem. I had their faces in my mind as I wrote these technology guides.

How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

The CoolCatTeacher

She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared.

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Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

iLearn Technology

One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences. Below you will find website suggestions that address the different learning styles in your classroom with the help of technology: Verbal-Linguistic.

Save Time with The 5 Minute Lesson Plan with Ross McGill

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ll be sharing my 50+ ways to use technology in the classroom updated with new tools and tips for the challenges of teaching in 2021. A former deputy headteacher, he has been teaching for 27 years working in some of the most challenging secondary schools in London.

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We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Fortunately, the future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students. We need to start talking more about the best ways to integrate technology and teaching in order to amplify teachers’ impact.

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. Whether you want to […] 5 Idea Friday All Subjects College (aged 18+) Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

That post included our school’s limited progress in embedding technology into instruction that made an impact on student learning. One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. The technology brought in an essential audience, yes, but the work had to be worth sharing. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

That post included our school’s limited progress in embedding technology into instruction that made an impact on student learning. One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. The technology brought in an essential audience, yes, but the work had to be worth sharing. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

This is one of those pieces of technology that has been life-saving for me during the pandemic and one that I will continue using forevermore! What it is: BombBomb is an email service that lets you record and embed video directly in your email.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

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Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Instead of retreating from the idea of testing, we need to learn from the flaws of our current assessment system and take advantage of new ideas and technologies. Fortunately, as states increasingly move to computer-based assessments, they are also able to take advantage of adaptive assessment technologies.

10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom – SULS037

Shake Up Learning

The post 10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom – SULS037 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. A lot of math teachers struggle with integrating technology into the classroom. So, I enlisted the help of my friend and edtech expert, Craig Klement, to share 10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom. Integrating technology in the math classroom can go far beyond substitution, digital worksheets, and simple quizzes. Elementary. Secondary.

The Visual Arts and Technology

Leadership Lounge

Technology has had a major impact on the arts. With all of this technological capacity literally at their students’ fingertips, how are arts teachers adapting to this new world? And simultaneously, states’ visual arts standards are now pushing the inclusion of technology alongside traditional media — raising the bar for already struggling schools. I’ve also seen technology’s impacts in fairly traditional high school arts classrooms.

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How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

I also am unwilling to retire iLearn Technology all together. I hope that you’ll continue to find reasons to come to iLearn Technology. These days, rather than merely sharing a technology tool that I’ve found useful, I want to do so within a broader context. Within our inquiry blocks, we use technology as a tool that helps us dive deeper, capture our learning, think critically, and make connections.

Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

iLearn Technology

Analyze Apply Create Fun & Games Inquiry iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) video apple code create hour of code iPad learn to code logic programming swift swift playground technologyWhat it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift.

VHS Learning Partners with Continental Han Feng Network Technology to Develop Chinese Language Program

eSchool News

Nonprofit VHS Learning is partnering with Continental Han Feng Network Technology (CHF) to develop a full Chinese language high school program. About Continental Han Feng Network Technology (CHF).

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Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

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Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

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My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept. How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation.

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Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

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SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

How to integrate SAM Labs into the classroom: SAM Labs boasts itself as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) tool. What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. You guys, this is such a cool product! I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error.

Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

iLearn Technology

Split your students into teams and send them on an epic math treasure hunt through your school (available in primary and secondary levels) where each of the clues leads them to another. What it is: Today I was working on our inquiry block framework for the 2017/2018 school year and, as often happens with inquiry, fell down a wonderful rabbit hole that led me to this site. Mathigon is a fantastic *newish* math site (it’s still being built and added to) that brings textbooks to life.

World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

iLearn Technology

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Technology in Education and Opportunity Cost

Reading By Example

During a regional principal’s meeting today, our conversation steered toward the integration of technology within instruction. Smartphones were a frequent topic, especially from the secondary school leaders. From the beginning of my secondary tenure until my shift to an elementary principal role four years later, smartphones grew in frequency and in use in school. Matt Renwick.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

As the Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education office, Ken Klau is focused on the strategy for rethinking the structure and delivery of learning, building a more student-centered system of public education, and creating the next generation of K–12 learning environments. Working at DESE, you have the opportunity to see how technology is changing education and the workforce on a daily basis. Technology is not a panacea.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

It is a fantastic tool for comparing information (think people in history, weather in different parts of world, etc), exploring mathematics, units and measures, data/statistical information, science, geography, technology…truly you should just go play with this knowledge computational engine because my description isn’t doing justice to the cool things it does! As an inquiry based school, Anastasis students (and teachers) spend a LOT of time researching.

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Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. Dev4X is working on a technology solution that will empower these under served children and their communities to take control of their own learning and create better lives for themselves. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child.

Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

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SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

What it is: Why yes, this is a technology blog. But no, this manipulative is not a technology product. I’m writing about SumBlox here anyway because technology led to the happy discovery of SumBlox and is a great reminder of why it is important to be a connected educator! ** 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!

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

Such closures have a disastrous impact on education in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools.