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.

How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Listen to Danielle talk about how to encourage kindergarten and elementary voices Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting. This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. 5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology. 2 SMARTboard Technology and Creating Story Problems with Students’ Names in Them. How do you keep up on technology?

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. She has a Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation) from Charles Sturt University and is interested in digital game-based learning, innovative pedagogies and underpinning learning with technology. Helen Kardiasmenos on episode 373 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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. Education Maker Education activism cross curricular educational technology maker education social justice student voiceWhen you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism. You’re deliberately teaching them that all the racial groups are equals.

Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness

The CoolCatTeacher

Evelyn Hamlin is a teacher who teaches her whole elementary curriculum in Spanish. Don’t miss YOUR chance to nominate an inspiring educator and qualify you both to win an incredible classroom technology package! ” The post Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. She has a passion for donuts, differentiated instruction, and empowering her third graders to become lifelong learners through the use of technology. The post iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today. 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. 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3).

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Obviously, they’re doing simpler tasks, maybe they’re not as complex and in depth, having tor but the type of problem solving they’re doing — the type of debugging, and having to sequence their instructions and reiterate and do trial and error — all of those things that we see the older students doing, we’re finding that with the newer technologies we can get these younger students doing the same thing.

Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

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. She currently serves as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Cherokee County, GA, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Common Sense Ambassador, and a Seesaw Ambassador.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. I believe that it is important for our youngest learners in the elementary setting to be exposed to all subjects, and STEAM education is an excellent way to accomplish that goal.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. I especially appreciated hearing about your teachers’ creative efforts to use technology with your students and to also ground that usage in effective digital pedagogies. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 034 is below.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science. Championing Technology. When asked how this district-wide initiative has affected her as a teacher, Hayes stated, “Technology is a part of most of my lessons now.

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. Throughout my years as a K-8 technology teacher & coordinator, many people have asked me what Kindergartners, first graders, and second graders might truly do with computers in the classroom. As students reach the intermediate grade levels, it is easier for people to imagine what they will do with technology.

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom. TRANSCRIPT #01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom. 10-minute Teacher Show Every Classroom Matters Podcast iPads Lesson Plans Teaching Technology Writing

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Next Generation Learning: Elementary School.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

This week I was presenting on technology infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and wanted to share them. This strategy uses technology in two stations. I’d love to hear what elementary teachers are using to get students reading online. Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology Available NOW ! .

Digital Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom

Tech Helpful

Using digital technology in the music classroom can be very rewarding, giving students ownership over their own creativity with the vast array of free music technology that is currently available. In my music classroom, I use both education-specific technology as well as free online software and websites available publicly. arts education classroom classroom technology composition digital digital technology edtech music education music tools websites

Elementary Engineering: An Early Start on STEM

MiddleWeb

Elementary STEM STEM By Design anne jolly collaboration elementary STEM engineering design process inquiry based learning problem solving professional development teams technologyIt's true. Teachers in K-6 need to prepare students for STEM and engineering careers that don’t exist yet. The solution? Focus on gifting our younger students with a broad range of inquiry experiences and collaborative know-how, writes STEM education expert Anne Jolly.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. Learn how she helps students learn and progress using technology. Five Ideas for Technology Stations. Vicki: Today we’re going to be talking with the author of # EduSnap17 , Leslie Swanson Anaya @ InspiredLeslie , about five ideas for technology stations.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all – I mean all – of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design.

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples

EdTechTeacher

I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. The post Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples appeared first on EdTechTeacher. By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ). We capped off our PBL workshop by designing project sketches that the teachers would implement later this school year. They were so great, I asked the group if they could share their ideas.

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. 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.

Flipping the elementary school classroom? YES!

Neo LMS

Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. Blended or flipped environments also are not ideal in an elementary school setting because so much of teaching in these grades is dependent on modelling and direction. Flipping the elementary school classroom? Near the end of the blog I will also explore some of the valuable resources for the professional development of elementary school teachers.

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

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I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. Bloxels really isn’t a robotics nor coding platform, but because of the interactivity of physical objects with technology, I include it as part of my robotics kit. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?”

3 Basic Things Every School Should Teach Relating to Technology

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” The post 3 Basic Things Every School Should Teach Relating to Technology appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Computer Science Teachers Edtech Tool Tuesday Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Inquiry Based Learning Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM

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. Kindergarten technology use: Wet-Dry-Try iOS App- $4.99 [link] An app for teaching handwriting based on the popular Handwriting Without Tears® Slate Chalkboard activity.

Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

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I call it a perfect STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) unit. 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. Educational technology is incorporated with a focus on assisting with the learning activities not to learn technology just for the sake of learning it.

Newark Public Schools Expands Use of Lexia Core5 and PowerUp to All of its Elementary Schools

eSchool News

We were using Core5 in just six of our elementary schools prior to the pandemic,” said Dr. Mary Ann Reilly, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. When COVID-19 hit and our schools transitioned to remote learning, we were able to quickly expand Core5 to all our elementary schools.

To Combat the ‘COVID Slide,’ Tutoring Program Pairs Elementary Schoolers with College Students

Edsurge

In addition to providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum to children in the program, it was also important to the former governor and his wife that the tutoring be held in person, as they felt the college students could be good role models and possible mentors to the elementary-age students.

Building a Foundation with Elementary STEM

MiddleWeb

STEM learning can open up new worlds for elementary kids as it grows problem solving and teamwork skills – all the while building a foundation for the middle grades. Anne Jolly provides elementary teachers with ideas and resources to begin integrated STEM. Elementary STEM STEM By Design anne jolly elementary grades elementary STEM engineering Engineering Is Elementary engineering process math science technology

[10 Creativity Apps For The Elementary Learner]

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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. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

Arts-based Teaching in Elementary Schools

EdNews Daily

With efforts like Rhode Island School of Design’s championing of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, the arts remain at the forefront of dialogue about best practices in elementary education). Arts-based Teaching Models in Elementary Schools. Many elementary school systems have programs that include some rotations of music, visual art, and PE classes. in Elementary Education from Florida State University. Blog Featured STEAM STEM Technolog

Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

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Education Technology Practice and Implementation Strategies Teaching & LearningMaria 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.