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K-2 Primary

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.

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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Literacy Starts with the Alphabet

Learning the ABCs is critical for early literacy. VideoAmy has collected some fun alphabet videos and resources to use with students -- from the youngest beginners to older readers.

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Accidentally Creating a Digital Writing Workshop

Teacher and guest blogger Erin Klein describes how she accidentally turned a zoo project into a digital writing workshop for her second grade class.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

Digital learning specialists provide a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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Teaching Personal/Social Management Skills in Physical Education

PE teacher, faculty advisor and author Harvey Zahn provides examples of how the PSMS (personal/social management skills) strategy can be applied to elementary school physical education.

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The Balance of Screen Time

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher suggests that the balance of screen time should be weighed in proportion to how appropriate, meaningful and empowering it is for students.

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Getting an Early Start on Financial Literacy

A financial-literacy curriculum provides real-world context for learning and helps students directly connect school with their future goals.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Applying (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 3)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for Applying are reviewed in this third post of a six-part series.

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Why Champion Social and Emotional Learning?: Because It Helps Students Build Character

Helping students develop a sense of self will ultimately help them to better manage their emotions, communicate, and resolve conflicts nonviolently.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

Filmmaker Randy Taran continues her blog series about building social and emotional skills in elementary students. This time she focuses on passions and strengths.

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Student Commitment Depends on Teacher Commitment

For a classroom to be high-functioning, a teacher needs to be committed to each and every student learning.

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Young Kids and Technology at Home

Blogger and digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff talks about why young children aren't ready for screen time and how parents can be effective gatekeepers.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Evaluating (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 5)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for evaluating Evaluation are reviewed in this fifth post of a six-part series.

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