KQED Mindshift: 5 Fun Ways to Engage Grade Schoolers

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.

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Edutopia: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time and Tears

There are so many things a new teacher needs to know before he or she gets into the classroom, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the Common Core Standards. These are skills teachers learn the hard way, through trial and tears. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Here are seven tips that can help new teachers get off to a good start and help them to be more effective on day one (not day one hundred and eighty-one).

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