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Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine
Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine
A test kitchen in which working with iPads, (their Apps and applications) are the main item on the menu. I intentionally play with the iPads to discover what they can do and how they can help myself and other teachers better reach and engage their students. I report on what I discover and keep my eyes and ears open for content that might be helpful to other teachers wanting to do the same in their classrooms.
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Making Friends With Failure - Edutopia

Making Friends With Failure - Edutopia | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
"No one likes failure, the F-word, no matter how you sugarcoat it. But failure is a part of life. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you don't get what you want. Stuff happens. But if we recast these situations right, we learn to create a new normal, to persevere, to learn to be more flexible, or to redirect our energies."
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7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
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Apps Playground's 100 Best iPad Apps for Kids

Apps Playground's 100 Best iPad Apps for Kids | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

Apps Playground is the UK's leading website reviewing children's apps, and this is a hand-picked selection of our favourite iPad apps from 2013. Discover the best apps from famous children's brands and new developers alike. We've sorted them by category and age level, and if they use in-app purchases, we've clearly explained how they work.


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Teaching With QR Codes

Teaching With QR Codes | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"So, what are QR Codes, you ask?  Well, you know what barcodes are,  like when you buy something at the store and the clerk scans a code to enter the item and amount into the till?  The QR (Quick Response) Code is kind of like that, except that it offers much more information.  Quite often the QR Code will give you a link to a website, or a text message, image, etc.  To read the QR Code, you need to install a QR Code Reader onto your device.  There are many available for free.  I like using i-nigma, seen below. Simply open the app, point it at a QR Code and your device will do the rest.  Try it with the code above.  It should take you back to this blog."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:40 AM

Good information.

Martha D's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:48 AM

Wondering how to use QR codes in your classroom? Here are some great ideas.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, January 19, 2014 11:34 PM

SWe've used this in classes and the students loved it.

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Fizzy's Lunch Lab - A Free iPad App for Learning to Budget - iPad Apps for School

Fizzy's Lunch Lab - A Free iPad App for Learning to Budget - iPad Apps for School | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"Fizzy’s Lunch Lab Fresh Pick is a free iPad app from PBS Kids. The app is based on the popular PBS web series Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. The purpose of the app is to challenge students’ math and problem solving skills. The app contains eight challenges for students to try. Students can go through the challenges in any order that they like. The eight challenges for students are Buying Groceries, Grocery Mapping, Neighborhood Mapping, Pantry Hunt, Fizzy’s Invention, Customer Change, Find Freddy, and Food Matcher."

 


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iPad App of the Week: Journeys of Invention

iPad App of the Week: Journeys of Invention | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"This week’s pick is Journeys of Invention, a wonderful celebration of some of the most important scientific inventions throughout history. Here’s just a little excerpt from its App Store introduction:

 

"Imagine if you were allowed to pick up and play with some of the most priceless objects in the history of science and technology.
Journeys of Invention brings to life over 80 extraordinary objects from the Science Museum in London in 14 interactive stories written by the curators. …

 

The app features original and insightful history specially written by Science Museum curators with a rich collection of historic photographs, rarely seen contemporary artworks, archive film footage and video.""

 


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15 Engaging and Creative Ways to Use iPads in a K-12 Classroom - Jonathan Wylie

15 Engaging and Creative Ways to Use iPads in a K-12 Classroom - Jonathan Wylie | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"If you are looking for unique and innovative ways to use the iPad in your classroom, then you have come to the right place. In this post I teamed up with Stephen Lai and Meg Wilson to bring you 15 ideas that will help you think outside the box and bring new levels of creativity to your iPad classro"

 


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Hilary Munchel Thompson's curator insight, December 27, 2013 7:20 PM

Great ideas! Can't wait to try some.

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Creative Commons 4.0 Is now Available for Everybody to Use - Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Creative Commons 4.0 Is now Available for Everybody to Use - Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"Creative Commons has recently rolled out  its new 4.0 licenses and made it available for adoption worldwide. This is a fruit of two years of hard work to overcome  some of the weaknesses that marked the 2011 version CC licenses .Some of the features and improvements included in 4.0 licences which make them easily shared and re-used include : improved readability and organization and common-sense attribution."


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Petra Pollum's curator insight, December 23, 2013 5:09 PM
Creative Commons 4.0 Is now Available for Everybody to Use
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 24, 2013 2:39 AM

an important moove on for education

Dean Mantz's curator insight, December 24, 2013 9:47 AM

It is nice to see the updates being done to Creative Commons.  Thanks to @Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)  for sharing this post on his scoop.it page. 

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appear.in

appear.in | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
appear.in is an easy to use video meeting system in your browser
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This site is free and easy to use.  It enables you to live stream with up to 8 different sites simultaneously.

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Socrative Garden | Growing 21st Century Skills

Socrative Garden | Growing 21st Century Skills | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
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This application is multi-platform. It works seamlessly in either an: iPad, Laptop or BYOD environment. It is one of the best applications of technology to education I have worked with. 

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PLOS ONE: E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia

PLOS ONE: E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Up till now, I thought the main difference between 'tablet' readers and 'ink & paper books' was mostly that the 'tablet' format offers it's readers an extra layer of audio/visual features.  This study, however, suggests that the new media of 'tablet' readers may, in fact, possess significant, legitimate pedagogical advantages over ink & paper texts.

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EdTechSandyK: 5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What?

EdTechSandyK: 5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What? | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What? http://t.co/xXxilQzvxk #gpcsd #hs4 #abed
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Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad & a Green Screen

Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad & a Green Screen | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
Here's a few ways that green screen technology can be integrated into some engaging educational projects.
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I have used this technology with my students. They LOVED it!
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Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices?

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices? | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
The popularity of the iPad could finally be paving the way for the redefinition of the desktop computer as a touch device.

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Veronica Nike Pede's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:59 AM

Probabile!

Jun Kim's curator insight, January 7, 2014 9:51 PM

NO! The district will not be purchasing these anytime soon! 

tammy bailey's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:45 AM

I definately want one of these!

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Lock the iPad to just one app

Lock the iPad to just one app | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
Learn how to use Apple's Guided Access feature in iOS to temporarily limit the use of your child's iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to a single app. Read this article by Donald Bell on CNET.
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A helpful tool that is part of your iPad's built in features.

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5 Powerful Assistive Technologies Being Used In Classrooms - Edudemic

5 Powerful Assistive Technologies Being Used In Classrooms - Edudemic | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
One of my relatives is an elementary educator in a public school. The town she teaches in is well-known locally for having heavily integrated classrooms and offering a lot of help to students with differing abilities.

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Teachers With Apps Certification Program

Teachers With Apps Certification Program | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"Mobile devices have been making in-roads into the learning space since their debut. The mobile tablet, especially, will continue to progress to the head of the class. To salute this ongoing trend, we aim to acknowledge outstanding apps and app developers in the education app industry that go above and beyond excellent.

 

Teachers With Apps is pleased to unveil their Teachers With Apps Certified Apps program. This Certification was designed to recognize and applaud Apps that are exemplary. The Teachers With Apps Certified badge of approval is awarded, on a quarterly basis, to education apps that prove exemplary in the following areas: content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience."

 


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SAMR - The common truth - iPad 4 Schools

SAMR - The common truth - iPad 4 Schools | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"There’s lots of talk of the SAMR model, which simplifies the common process that people go through when introducing any technology, designed by Ruben R. Puentedura. This of course applies to introducing iPads too. There are 1000s of great examples of iPad use in primary / elementary schools but not as many in high schools. I thought I would produce a version of this process that is common with many teachers in secondary / high schools. It’s a little tongue-in-cheek but might give some people ideas about how it relates directly to pedagogy."

 


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10 great apps for a new tablet - USA Today

10 great apps for a new tablet - USA Today | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

"I recently bought my 88-year-old Uncle Leonard his first iPad as a gift and had it mailed directly to him. It seemed like a good idea until I realized — wait a minute — he doesn't know how to set it up.

 

So I quickly dashed out instructions, along with suggestions for 10 great apps to download, to begin his iPad experience.

 

It's a good list, so I'd like to share it with all of you who might have a new tablet in your life this holiday season. All the below apps are free."

 


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 24, 2013 4:56 PM

There are many over 75's who are not confident in iPads. Some very basic help set out in simple steps would be good.

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Duolingo: Apple's choice for App of the Year

Duolingo: Apple's choice for App of the Year | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
At Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches computer science, Luis von Ahn and student David Klionsky thought there should be a way to use smartphones to teach new languages.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:33 PM

I love Duolingo. I have been using it for a few weeks learning Spanish. I have been amazed at what I now understand when I find something in Spanish.

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7 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

7 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it

Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. 

 


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Bridget McKnight's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:23 PM

great tips for teachers to project, an apple tv IS NOT the only option!

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Apps Are Not Always the Answer - Learning Environments & Inquiry

Apps Are Not Always the Answer - Learning Environments & Inquiry | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
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This article covers a lot of ground in the discussion of how to effectively implement iPads in a classroom -- from an explanation of the SAMR model, to a potential plan of action for communicating this model to others at your school, and some helpful resource links.

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How Technology Changes The Skills We Need To Learn

How Technology Changes The Skills We Need To Learn | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
The choices we make are our own. We’re as smart as we want to be.
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I like the way this article looks at this issue.  When a new technology is introduced (say the ballpoint pen) something may be lost but, conversely, something new is also gained.  People seem to forget that even the 'book' was a new technology at one time.  The problem is -- when a game changing technology is introduced -- people don't really know what to make of it; fear often rises to the surface.

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The complete guide to iOS 7 (roundup) | iPads i...

The complete guide to iOS 7 (roundup) | iPads i... | Chris Walton's iPad Test Kitchen Magazine | Scoop.it
After months of leaks, testing and teasing from Apple, iOS 7 is finally available for all to download. The new OS is a big change, packed full of new features to compliment the new look. We walk you through them.
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