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Tips and Tricks for Teaching Virtually

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Virtually


Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.

Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.   

5 Things I Wish I Knew from the Beginning

If I could go back in time and start over, these are the 5 things I wish I knew from the beginning of my virtual teaching experience.

Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.

1. Relationships are the MOST important thing.

Before the school year starts, take the time to call each of your new students and also talk to at least one of their parents. Your relationship with your students' parents is arguably more important than the relationship with the student when teaching virtually. The teacher and parent are a team! Of course you still want to get to know each student and learn about what motivates them, and a phone call is a great way to get that started. 
Use a tool like You Can Book Me to have families sign up for their call time. Use a tool like Google Voice so that you don't need to give out your actual phone number. Regular contact is really important when teaching virtually. 
*Do your best to treat the parent-teacher relationship like a work colleague, not a friend. You need to work together for the good of the student and it can get tricky if professional boundaries are crossed. My first year teaching virtually I had this one parent who wanted to chit chat for upwards of an hour before letting me talk to my student. I did not have time for that but I didn't know how to cut her off! #introvertproblems 

2. Start with Procedures, just like in the classroom.

Take the first few weeks to establish procedures before expecting anything academic to stick. Teach students where to go to find their lessons. Teach students how to complete a lesson virtually. Teach students how to turn in assignments. Teach students how to ask for help (how to send an email). Teach students every procedure they will need in order to be successful and then practice each one until it is mastered. 
The academics can be handled asynchronously at first. Take the live lesson time to establish procedures and build relationships. 

3. It isn’t about the technology

You're probably thinking "what?!" right now so hear me out. It doesn’t matter which program or platform you’re using. You can accomplish the same thing with whatever digital tools you are allowed to use. I see people on social media get so hung up on what the "best" digital tools are. It doesn't matter which tool you use as long as it works on your students' device type and it accomplishes your academic goals. 
Your teaching strategies will always be more important than the technology (tools) you use to accomplish them. 
Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.
Everything I share in this blog post is based on the digital tools I had access to but I promise you that there are several other tools that can accomplish the same thing. Just find the ones that work for you. 

You might also be disappointed to find that this blog post doesn't have any technology tutorials. My goal is to empower you to use whatever you have available to you. There are zillions of tutorials out there for whatever tech tool(s) you choose to use. 

4. Communicating clearly is critical
Write out your directions, emails, etc. and then delete HALF of it. Make all communication as concise as possible. Use bullet points. Consider multiple learning styles. That's it. That's the tip. 

5. Everyone needs praise, including the parents
Give kudos (praise) early and often. Set the tone that you’re proud of your students and their parents for their efforts even before any academic work is done. You can use digital stickers, video messages, quick phone calls, emails, or a combination of all of these. 


If you're teaching online suddenly and have no idea where to start, check out this blog post: Tips for Teaching Online During Distance Learning

20 Things to Remember about Teaching Virtually

1. Consistency and simplicity are more important now than ever. Set consistent routines and procedures and stick to them, even when they get boring and repetitive. 
2. Be engaging and interactive. Put on your news anchor voice to make the screencasts and video sessions come to life. Use props, costumes, and backgrounds strategically. 
3. Set office hours and stick to them. Teach families early that you're available during specific times. 
4. Create a routine for yourself for your day. Always answer emails at the same time, grade at the same time, eat at the same time. This will help make the overwhelm seem more manageable. 

5. When recording videos, sit with the wall behind you. The last thing you want is someone to walk behind you and disrupt your whole flow. You have much more control when you sit up against a wall. I have this blog post about Setting Up Your Virtual Teaching Space for more info. 
6. Teach in small chunks and spread a lesson over multiple days. This mostly applies to live sessions. Keep it concise before you lose students' attention. 
7. Make a guide for the entire week on one page or in one place. Always format the guide the same way and always put it in the same place. 
8. Be patient and accept the learning curve. You're basically a first year teacher again!
9. Document everything. Every phone call, every attendee at live video sessions, every email (don't delete them). 
10. Call your homeroom students once a week. Use a tool like You Can Book Me or Sign Up Genius to schedule your calls. It is totally worth it. 
11. Make time for yourself to disconnect and unplug. Every day and for longer stretches on the weekends. 
12. Teach procedures first before you get into new content. You can use non-academic activities while teaching procedures so that students have practical practice for each step. Review the procedures even after students have mastered them. 
13. Lots of coffee helps but also pace yourself. It is overwhelming at first but it does get easier. 

14. Good humor is essential. You're going to make mistakes, you're going to say something awkward. Laugh it off. 
15. Don't expect perfection. Expect mistakes! Model to students how to make mistakes and how to react to them when you do. We are all human. 
16. Cut way back on the pace of learning. Really take a look at your curriculum map and decide what is essential. Try to use cross-curricular activities to get in as much learning as possible at a much slower pace of learning. 
17. Be flexible. 
18. Keep things in perspective. You know your population of students and the challenges they face at home. Don't ask for more than they are capable of giving and praise them for any effort they're able to give. 
19. Don't compare yourself with other teachers! You're going to see amazing things happening when you scroll through Instagram. These are highlights of the best content a teacher is sharing. Try to not compare because you don't know how long they've been teaching virtually or what skill set they went into it with. 
20. Take your work email off your phone (unless you school pays for your phone). You can check email a few times a day but it is very important to separate yourself from it during your off hours. Especially if this is how families are contacting you for tech support. Only reply during your office hours. 


10 Tech Skills to Teach Students RIGHT AWAY

1. How to log in to their device.
2. Where to find their assignments.
3. How to turn in their finished assignments. 
4. How to join a live video session. 
5. How to do a split-screen during video sessions so they can see you and another window at the same time.
6. How to ask for help. This usually turns into how to write an email.
7. Where to find their grades/feedback for assignments.
8. How to add and edit text boxes in whatever program you're using. And the undo button. 
9. How to bookmark a website and how to find saved sites. 
10. How to re-open a closed tab (ctrl+shift+T usually). 
Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.
If you're thinking right now "where is the tutorial for each of these?" then I'm probably going to disappoint you. It really should be your voice on a video walking students through how to do these things in your LMS or on your class website. I promise it is worth the time and it will be much more meaningful for your students if it is from you. 
That being said, feel free to hop on YouTube and watch tutorials for yourself to get comfortable with the technology. Then use that knowledge to customize it for your students. 

What to do the First Day of Virtual School:

If you don't have a class website yet then it may be hard to visualize how all of this is going to work. You NEED a place to host your assignments. Every assignment can be on its own page that way students can find any assignment at any time quickly and easily. Once the routine is established of how to get to their lessons, all you have to do is put the name of the assignment on your weekly guide and students will know where to look for it. Check out this blog post - Class Website 101 for more information.

Best case scenario is that you've already talked to each student on the phone once and they know how to access their assignments, so you're just tech support that first day. 
If that didn't happen because you weren't given enough time, make sure to send students a video walkthrough of where to find their assignments and the other 9 things from above. You can review these procedures once you get students into a live video. 

It may seem totally counter-intuitive, but the first day isn't about you (the teacher) when teaching virtually. Students will be so busy at home logging in and checking out their first assignment(s) that you won't really need to be involved right away. You can use this time to call a few students in your homeroom, answer emails, and prepare more asynchronous assignments. Most of the work when teaching virtually is behind the scenes. I actually find it much less exhausting (after the beginning of the year overwhelm is done). 

Your first live video session will be mostly establishing norms for video sessions. Depending on the age of your students you could do a get to know you scavenger hunt or read a picture book to students, or play a game of I spy. Anything that will take about 10-15 minutes and establish a routine for students of how to attend a live lesson. I recommend not making it academic. You can still give them tasks to complete in another tab or a file to work on, but have it all be "fun" stuff that won't be graded. 

In Conclusion:

Good Teaching is Good Teaching

75% of the job is good teaching. Use best practices for introducing lessons with an engagement piece, support students where they are skill-wise, and track your data to make informed curriculum decisions. You've got this! The 25% tech will come with time and practice, but isn't the most important thing. 

Don't Reinvent the Wheel

Seek out prepared lessons and curriculum so that you can focus your energy on facilitating your students' learning. This will enable you to spend your time making custom materials for individual student differentiation, calling families, grading assignments, and preparing for video sessions. 

Bonus Tip: Find your Professional Learning Community

I have a digital one because I was the only one at my school teaching tech. Learning from and with other teachers will be a huge shortcut for you. Join my Technology Teacher Talk Facebook Group!


Teaching virtually might make you feel like a first year teacher all over again. My goal with putting this blog post together is to leave you feeling empowered! I want you to know that all of your teaching strategies can still be used, just in a new way. Hopefully these tips and tricks give you a place to focus your efforts and a vision of what is possible.



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Set Up Your Virtual Teaching Space Like a Pro

Set Up Your Virtual Teaching Space Like a Pro



Back in March when schools closed suddenly and we went to distance learning, it was fine to whip up a teaching space at home. The couch, dining room table, or even bed became a makeshift virtual classroom. Well, now we have an opportunity to set up a legit virtual teaching space for the beginning of the next school year.
Back in March when schools closed suddenly and we went to distance learning, it was fine to whip up a teaching space at home. The couch, dining room table, or even bed became a makeshift virtual classroom. Well, now we have an opportunity to set up a legit virtual teaching space for the beginning of the next school year. 

Desk or Table for Virtual Teaching
Probably the first thing to think about is where you want to set up. You'll need a desk or table to work on that has enough space for all of your stuff. 
Tips and tricks for setting up a virtual teaching space this school year. Everything you need from the tech setup to backdrop ideas.
I'll get into it more in the Tech Setup section, but I like to have a separate keyboard and mouse when working with a laptop because I put my laptop up on a stand. It it way better for our necks, shoulders, eyes, hands, etc. to set it up this way plus having them separate means you won't accidentally shake the laptop during video recordings. 

This means I need space for all of these components on the top of my desk or table. 

While we are on the topic of desks, please invest in a good computer chair for the time spent at your desk. It makes a massive difference! 

Tech Setup for Virtual Teaching
*This section has affiliate links for Amazon. 
Laptop lifter is a game changer when you're sitting in front of a computer all day long. You can use pretty much anything to get the job done. I went with a canvas cube flipped upside down. Sometimes I'll use a box from a game. Basically anything that lifts the laptop about a foot and can support its weight. 
If you can, also get a second monitor! It make a big difference in productivity. If you do go with a second monitor setup, make sure both screens are about the same height. Better yet, get a DUEX Plus Portable Laptop Monitor to make your setup even easier.

Lighting is so important when you're recording videos of yourself teaching. If you can sit near a window then the natural lighting will go a long way. You can also invest in a large or small ring light. 
You can grab a mini ring light that clamps right onto your laptop case to brighten your face. It doesn't do as well to light up your backdrop so keep that in mind. 

Microphone quality is important, but microphones don't have to be expensive. The one I use is $20 and can be found here on Amazon. You can also choose to use a headphone with microphone attached. This setup is really helpful if you want the audio to go through headphones (like if your significant other is working at home and doesn't need to hear your students reading to you). The headphone/mic combo is going to be more expensive and it is worth the investment to get a good one. 
Tips and tricks for setting up a virtual teaching space this school year. Everything you need from the tech setup to backdrop ideas.

Keyboard & Mouse are more important than you'd think. Sure you could use the one on the laptop, but if you use a laptop stand like I suggest then your shoulders will be very sore by the end of day 1. It also wiggles the laptop to need to touch it during a recording, which makes it harder for your students to focus on you. So I recommend a separate keyboard and mouse that sits right on the desk or table. 

A Tripod is important if you're making videos using your phone or iPad. I like a tripod kit like this one.  

Document Cameras are amazing for math instruction. There is only so much you can do with screencasting software. If you can't take yours home from school, then consider investing in one for home. You can also use an iPad or iPhone like a document camera as long as you have a way to connect it to your computer. 

The Backdrop for Teaching Virtually
I'm not trying to be dramatic, but the backdrop during video calls is super important. Now that you are going to set up your teaching space like a pro, your background needs to match your other efforts. 
Tips and tricks for setting up a virtual teaching space this school year. Everything you need from the tech setup to backdrop ideas.
For general classroom teachers I recommend a bulletin board or bulletin-board-like space using paper and borders, just like in the classroom. You can see that I have the keyboard as the backdrop, which is purposeful for teaching tech lessons so that I can quickly point out keys. 
A kit like this one is great for multiple purposes. I like the combo of the dry erase side and the cork board side for teaching virtually because then you can put up notes, posters, and teaching materials. 
Since you're working from home, this might now be the perfect time to use die-cut bulletin board letters to spell out your messages. It will save your precious printer ink! 

You'll likely switch out the content on the bulletin board way more often than you would in the classroom because you only have one of them. You can change it for different subject areas or teaching topics as needed and reference it during your videos. 

Something to keep in mind is glare on your bulletin board. In the classroom students can just move their head a little to see a poster better, but during a video they can't. If you have laminated materials, consider spraying them with a mattifying spray. 


Props for Virtual Teaching
Make sure everything you need is within reach. You'll lose your students' attention if you need to get up to grab something during a live video, and you'll waste time needing to edit out the part of a pre-recorded video. In the photos above you can see that I have my color-coded keyboards at arms reach ready to grab. 
I like to keep the current lesson's props right on my desk and then have a separate storage area for other materials including props I use regularly. 
I have started a curated list of Virtual Teaching Amazon Recommendations, which may be helpful to look through. Is there anything else I should add to the list? You can leave a comment on this blog post. 

I hope this post gave you some things to think about! I'd love to see what your virtual teaching space looks like. 

You might also like to read my Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning blog post. 
Tips and tricks for setting up a virtual teaching space this school year. Everything you need from the tech setup to backdrop ideas.



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Elementary Software Lessons Spiral Review

Elementary Software Lessons Spiral Review


We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.
We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle. 

What is included in each set of 12 lessons:

4 weeks of lessons for each type of software 

  • Word / Docs / Pages
  • PowerPoint / Slides / Keynote
  • Excel / Sheets / Numbers

These lessons are customizable for whatever software version you have, for a total of 36 weeks of lessons per grade level! 

Editable Lesson Plans:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Mini lesson

•Vocabulary

•Materials

•I Can Statements

•Lesson components

•Assessments

•Space for reflection

These lesson plans are provided in BOTH PowerPoint and Google Slides for your convenience. Since the text is all editable, you can adjust it to meet your needs. 

Editable Daily Messages:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Lesson Title

•Vocabulary

•Materials

•I Can Statements

•Lesson Question

•Space for you to add screenshots of your software program

Use the daily messages as part of your mini lesson for each activity. The text is editable and there is room for you to add your own images to go with the lesson. 

Student Templates Provided


•Templates are provided in BOTH Google Apps and Office 365 for your convenience.

*If you’re using Apple Software then the Office 365 will convert to it.

You get ALL of the student files! This is probably my favorite part of these software lessons. I am letting go of control ;-) and giving you everything you need in order to facilitate these lessons. You can put the files into your learning management system or onto a password protected page of your class websites to be able to share them with students. 

Student Assessments:

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

•Formative assessment questions provided as editable Google Forms

Use the google forms to make sure your students are learning the skills. These are brief and meant to be used to inform your instruction. You may still choose to do longer unit assessments if you give grades. 

TEACHING TIPS

1. These lessons are the main activity for a class. I recommend planning a warm up activity (like 10 minutes of typing) and early finisher activities (here are sites you can use). You’re likely going to have some students complete the lesson in 5-10 minutes and others that will still be working when you say time is up.

2. In the lesson plans you’ll see me talk about screencasts you could make. You'll either need to demonstrate the activities live or make a screencast of instructions for each lesson. If you’ve never made them before, check out this blog post to learn more about it. Screencasts are a game changer!

3. You may upload the student templates to a learning management system or password protected page of your own website. As long as the files aren’t available publicly on the web then you’re following the terms of use. If you need ideas for how to share files with students, read this blog post.

4. The assessments are optional but will be helpful if technology is a graded subject. If you’re new to teaching technology and curious about grading these skills, read this blog post.

Next up are some FAQs about these lessons - 

WHO NEEDS THESE TECHNOLOGY LESSONS?

These software lessons are perfect for technology teachers, classroom teachers, media specialists, STEM teachers, or homeschool parents who want their students to know how to use technology to create content. By mastering these software programs, students will feel comfortable doing anything you ask them to do with it.

HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM?

The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system. The content in these software lessons does not overlap with the k5tech.net curriculum at all so you can use both.


The k5tech.net curriculum has warm ups and early finisher activities plus it is all housed on my website. These software lessons are just the main activity and assessments and I'm providing you with all of the files to put into your learning management system.

Still have questions? Please ask them before purchasing!


Click on this picture to buy the Bundle, which is already discounted 20%, and save an additional 10% with the coupon code SOFTWARE10. 


Some feedback on the Bundle:

1. These lessons are amazing! Easy to use, ready to go with excellent directions and guidance. My Tech students are doing and learning soo much! I have never gone wrong when I use any of her lessons! Thank you!

2. Great resource! Cannot wait to use from the beginning of the school year with all grade levels.

3. I used one of the first lessons with my K/1 class through distance learning. I also did a screencast so that they could see how to do the assignment. This is an excellent resource that will keep my younger students busy while learning a lot in the process.

We use spiral review in other content areas to make sure students remember important information, so why not do the same with technology skills? These software lessons are done in sets of 4 for each program and then we come back to the same skill 2 more times throughout the school year. Keep reading to learn all about these technology lessons and get a coupon to save on the bundle.

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Technology Tutorials and PD Presentations for Teachers

Technology Tutorials and PD Presentations for Teachers


Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you! 

This premium member's library has over 120 tech tool tutorials. In addition to the tutorial, each tech tool page includes a downloadable (in Google Slides or PowerPoint) PD presentation that walks you through the tech tool and gives ideas for using it in the classroom. 

Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!
This is a peek at what the library looks like. You can view more by clicking on the image. 

FAQ for the Technology Toolbox for Teachers

Wondering what you’ll use this for? Here are some ideas:

  1. Teach yourself the latest and greatest tech tools as your own pace. Feel like a pro when it is time to use them with your students. 
  2. Use the tutorials and ideas to guide a PD presentation for the staff at your school. They will really appreciate learning from you. *Reach out to me if you want to use this information for a bigger-scale presentation. 
  3. Get inspiration for lessons to try with your students. These ideas are just the beginning! 

How are the tech tools chosen?

I pride myself in staying up to date on technology tools. I read publications, blogs, and Facebook groups daily and keep a running list of new edtech tools to check out. The vetting process includes making sure the tool is useful for elementary age students. If I can come up with at least 2 ideas for use at the elementary level then the tech tool makes the list. 

How many tutorials are included?

As of today there are over 120 tutorials included. As new tech tools come out I research them and add them to the list. Since I started the Tech Toolbox for Teachers I've added dozens of new tools to the list and only 6 tools have been discontinued. 
Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!





And SO many more!

In addition to the tech tool tutorials I have also added professional presentations I've done for virtual conferences.
  • Digital Interactive Notebooks for ELA
  • Keyboarding Instruction that Works
  • Tech Skills for Teachers
  • How to Rock at Teaching Virtually
  • iTECH Model Research
  • Using Coding Robots to Teach the 4 C's

Why is the tech toolbox a subscription?

In total it takes me about an hour for each tech tool to research it, create the tutorial steps, create the PD presentation, and make the page for it in the library. As I continue adding new tech tools I want subscribers to have access to them. A monthly subscription means you can access the library at any time, find what you need, and know it is the most up to date information. 

Can I use the PD Presentations to give training to staff at my school?

Yes you can! This membership is perfect for technology facilitators and instructional resource teachers because all of the work is done for you. Just download the PD presentation, read it over, consider adding your own presenter notes, and you're ready to go. I just ask that you don't share the presentation file with anyone else. 

Where do I sign up for the Technology Toolbox for Teachers?

You can find all of the details and sign up by clicking here. There are 10 sample tutorials and PD presentations that you can check out to make sure it will be a good fit for you. 
Still have questions? Email me any time! 
Technology changes so quickly! It can be hard to keep up with all of the newest educational technology tools and even harder to learn how to use them in the classroom. The goal of the Technology Toolbox for Teachers is to take all of that pressure off of you!

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STEM and My World - Physical and Digital STEM Activities for Social Studies

STEM and My World - Physical and Digital STEM Activities for Social Studies


As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.
As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.

STEM and My World activities are designed for the primary grades classroom but are also great to do at home. Since there are so many great activities included, it can be something done over multiple sessions at school and at home. These STEM Challenges and Digital slides make a great addition to the social studies units on the same topics. 

DIGITAL SLIDES
The digital slides that go with each unit are in Google Slides but can also be used in PowerPoint. Students interact with the slides by completing drag and drop and simple typing activities. We've included links to videos to enhance the understanding of each topic. 
STEM and My World

STEM Challenges
These hands on STEM Challenges are a great opportunity for collaboration and problem solving. You can complete them with materials on hand, and the teacher charts and vocab cards are provided to help you facilitate learning. 
STEM and My World

MAKERTECH MATS
We all want our students to master technology tools and use them to create original works. Each of the tech tools in the MakerTech guide are designed to allow students to explore digital tools while creating something using the steps of the engineering design process. The best part is that nearly every topic and subject area can be explored using these tools, so they can be used as a part of your daily academic activities, not as an extra thing to fit into your schedule.
STEM and My World

Right now we have 3 units available to try with your students. 

STEM and My World - Landforms and Mapping

Landforms Includes the following:
*32 slides of interactive digital Google Slides activities for landforms and mapping, compatible with ANY device
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*FOUR STEM Challenges with lesson plans, teacher charts, vocabulary cards, and student templates:
1) Me on the Map
2) Road Trip
3) Crafty Compass
4) Landform Construction
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STEM and My World

*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
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STEM and My World - My Family

My Family Includes the following: 
*13 interactive digital Google Slides activities for family structures, compatible with any device
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*"Building Generations" (Family Tree) STEM Challenge with lesson plan, teacher chart, vocabulary cards, and student template
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*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
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Click here for the My Family Unit


STEM and My World - Fire Safety

Fire Safety Includes the following:
*16 interactive digital Google Slides activities for fire safety, compatible with any device
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*"Escape to Safety" STEM Challenge with lesson plan, teacher chart, vocabulary cards, and student template
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*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
STEM and My World
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When students are finished
• Create a class eBook in Google Slides where students each get one slide to insert their final product.
• Create a Padlet and have students upload their final product.
• Have a “gallery walk” where students have their final product up on their screen while they walk around to see classmates’ creations.
• Have students present their final product to the class.
As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.

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