Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

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Build professional knowledge and expand your teaching toolkit with expert-led webinars from ISTE. Learn how to integrate today’s digital tools, resources and apps into math instruction to enhance classroom teaching and learning.

Discover how you can create hands-on collaborative math creation stations to help students become self-directed in their learning and curators of new math knowledge. Participants will learn how to model effective digital strategies using math apps and online tools that meet the needs of each learner in a mobile classroom setting.

Webinar discussions include: helping students select, preserve, collect, maintain and archive quality digital assets, the importance of leveled lessons to meet students’ needs, and budgeting academic time to allow for reflection and closing activities. The webinar also includes a valuable collection of easily-accessible handouts (activities) for the classroom.

Discover dynamic iPad Apps that align with K-5 Common Core Standards. These apps leverage personalized learning as well as assessment including apps for metacognition. This session includes modeling mathematics and how to use appropriate tool strategies, fluency writing in Math, and how to utilize Thinglink for organization of Math resources and for student e-portfolios.

Participants will hear the importance of choosing the learning goals first, then choosing the right App or tool for the task. The presenter shares her thoughts on the value of designing a learning experience where students focus on demonstrating a skill, followed by explaining or reflecting on something that they have learned. Helpful video examples are included in the presentation as well as a valuable resource list.

This webinar is full of practical tips and ideas which can be taken directly back to the classroom. Designed for elementary school math teachers, participants will learn about useful apps and how to create authentic, real-world activities.

Math education is moving away from traditional “procedural” methods toward “understanding” with a focus on helping students learn real-world applications, rather than just coming up with the right answers. Based on the 8 Common Core Mathematics Practices, this webinar provides practical tips and ideas to help students make sense of mathematics through the use of mobile devices.

Apps connected to the practices will be demonstrated to help educators show students how to connect math with everyday life, hold effective mathematical discussions, and practice skills. The presenter discusses mobile options including iOS, Android, and Web 2.0 and how to use technology and tools strategically to support the Common Core.

*This webinar begins with a brief overview of Mathlanding.org.
Mobile technologies have become an integral part of our daily living. Devices including laptops, cell phones, tablets (such as the iPad), and apps are regularly being used in today’s classrooms. In K-5 classrooms these technologies are not as widely used, however their potential is enormous.

This webinar will help teachers and administrators integrate iPads or other mobile technologies into elementary schools and classrooms. Participants will learn about a wide variety of quality apps along with instructional strategies for teachers to (1) foster active, participatory learning, (2) increase student engagement, and (3) create exciting, exploratory, student-centered learning environments.

*This webinar begins with a brief overview of Mathlanding.org.
Virtual learning platforms (VLPs) extend the math elementary classroom beyond traditional walls and boundaries providing engaging and interactive platforms for learning. This webinar focuses on how VLPs can enhance collaboration within elementary schools, foster digital growth, and improve instruction and student achievement.

The presenter discusses several quality VLPs and shares his views on the pros and cons of each to help educators decide which platform is the best fit their classroom needs.

*This webinar begins with a brief overview of Mathlanding.org.
Districts, schools and teachers are incorporating new standards into their curriculum while educational technology is increasingly being used in today’s classrooms. This webinar focuses on taking the Common Core State Standards along with the National Education Technology Standards (NETS) to create a better, collaborative learning environment and finding the appropriate tools to allow students to best display their knowledge.

Participants will learn how to rewrite their lessons and unit maps, and incorporate these important standards to turn everyday lessons into digital age learning experiences.
Learn how online tools can support student learning in math and how to apply interactive simulations and online tools to what evidenced-based research indicates are the most effective interventions in math. Using recommendations made by the Institute of Education Sciences and the MISTM project, participants will learn how online math simulations and interactive tools can support math instruction while improving student learning.

The presenter reviews the eight learning areas in mathematics and which interventions can support the continuum of learner differences in these eight areas.
The term "Personalized Learning" is a buzzword in education; this webinar focuses on clarifying, more specifically, what Personalized Learning means. The presenters will share Personal Learning Toolkits that include charts, Common Core lesson examples, Personal Learner Profiles and Personal Learning Backpacks along with strategies to support diverse learners in the classroom.

Presenters will walk you through how to transform a traditional classroom to a Stage One Personal Learning Environment. Participants can download charts and a report before starting the webinar. Visit www.personalizelearning.com and click on the Toolkit tab.
ISTE conducts classroom observations using the ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT), an application for laptop or tablet computers. The ICOT provides teachers, administrators, and researchers with a convenient platform for recording observations of technology use in classrooms in relation to the NETS standards.

In 2011, the ICOT was updated to include the revised standards and moved to a Microsoft Excel platform. This webinar will help new and past ICOT users to take advantage of the tool's new features, and will show participants how to use the tool to increase the efficiency of observations and support educational decision-making.
Touchscreen tablets, iPads, Kindles and Androids could be a breakthrough prescription for early learning, or they could merely be a placebo. This webinar will share evaluation criteria and ideas for choosing effective tablet applications for use with young learners (3-7 years old). The presenter will share examples (good and not-so-good), and implementation ideas along with a few prescriptions for their integration in learning.

Participants will learn how to be more savvy evaluators and consumers of applications for young learners. Additionally, participants will be able to "take at least two ideas and use them in the morning."
Digital technology has become part of our everyday lives and is increasingly being used by students inside the classroom. Engaging students in Digital Citizenship concepts, appropriate behaviors, and responsible use is an important part of the learning process. This webinar focuses on what it means to be a digital citizen through three key areas; Respect, Educate, and Protect. Additional topics include engaging students at a young age and making it relevant, digital equity and law, rights and responsibilities, and ability and access. The webinar also covers results from a National Council on Digital Citizenship (NCDC) survey.