The odds are good that you – or, at least, several of your colleagues – got a new tablet or smartphone over the holiday season, and are looking to fill it up with the magical mix of apps to make life and work easier and better. With countless apps on the market, these may be elusive, but there are a variety of solid directories, review-based blogs, and lists to dig into and share with your staff to make the odds of success greater.
Fred Koch is a K-4 Technology Coach for Lake Forest, Illinois School District, an award-winning music educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.
Like most technology coaches working in elementary schools, Fred wears a couple of hats. His primary responsibility is to help teachers become more comfortable with tech tools that offer engaged teaching and learning experiences. The way he sees it, his job is to help students find ways to pursue their interests and express their passions, focus on storytelling and encourage them to think critically and creatively about their writing, their audience, and their presentation.
But it’s not always easy. “We sometimes find it challenging to find age appropriate tools and activities to share with our young children, teachers and parents,” Fred says.
To that end, Fred has provided five examples of his favorite tools for the elementary school setting, as showcased through his student projects, so we can see the tools in action.
My understanding and application of Essential Questions has developed over time. As a teacher who was asked to post EQs daily and include them in lesson plans without any instruction as to why or how to do that effectively, I felt that EQs were a waste of time and just another thing to do. Later, as an instructional coach, I worked to help teachers write EQs that were aligned with their content standards and learning outcomes. Early on, my focus was on wording the EQs well.