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Fairfield Public Schools, CT

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...reflect on their practice and apply learnings to their classroom practice
create differentiated products for use in their classrooms
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Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi

Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I regularly use my Nexus 7 or my Android smartphone (was Galaxy S2, now Nexus 5) to help me with my Raspberry Pi activities. Here is a 'top ten' roundup of my favourite Android apps that I use with...

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Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites.  Based on the responses to that Padlet, we noticed an important shift in Maker Education.  Once driven by STEM and makerspace in a box types of kits, we are seeing much more of an emphasis on open-ended exploration and stocking makerspaces with materials that foster that. We strongly believe that makerspaces should be unique learning environments that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all.  Our list for 2016 reflects that same philosophy.

With so many amazing makerspace products now flooding the market, it was an incredibly difficult task to narrow our favorites down to just 10. All of the items on our list are aligned to the Worlds of Making ‘MAKER’ Framework, which serves as a guide for choosing the right products for your makerspace.  

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basil60's curator insight, November 30, 2016 3:46 PM
It's kind of ironic that our "favourite" Makerspace "ingredients" are mass manufactured products. It kind of flies in the face of what Makerspaces really should be.
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What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News)

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking? (EdSurge News) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it


"In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.” 


 In that article and in many other articles, there is another term that appears often: “Computational thinking.” Well, what is Computational Thinking (CT), and how does it differ from Coding and Computer Science—especially when it comes to classroom practice and instruction?""


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Let's 'Make:' Another Humble Bundle! - GeekDad

Let's 'Make:' Another Humble Bundle! - GeekDad | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Looking through the catalogue of Make: books, I used to go like “Oh, that looks interesting, I want that … Huh, that book about Raspberry Pi would also be cool… Hey, making robots, I should order that and try it out…” Thanks to Humble Bundle, now I actually go through the books’ contents, reading up on all the fascinating project ideas.

The other day, I told you about the “Tinker Birthday Party“, where we built a small alarm system, inspired from Make: Fun, which I had purchased through Make:‘s first Humble Bundle from a few months ago. Now Make: is back with Humble Bundle, with another batch of great books.

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8 Tips for Teachers Using Google Cardboard in School - Class Tech Tips

Earlier this summer I shared a post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard (read it here). It’s been super popular and I wanted to share eight tips for teachers who are using Google Cardboard in school this year. On this list you’ll find a handful of things you may not know about Google Cardboard and a few ways to take your use of this super cool tool to the next level.

Brand new to using Google Cardboard in school?
Google Cardboard is a special viewer that is used with a smartphone. Kids can look through the viewfinder and take part in virtual reality experiences. There are apps for iOS and Android devices making it great for BYOD (bring your own device) learning environments. You can use just one Google Cardboard in your classroom and have students take turns diving in a coral reef or peeking at the Great Wall of China.

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Why I stopped hacking the Amazon Dash button and learned to solder

Why I stopped hacking the Amazon Dash button and learned to solder | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
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Integrating Virtual Reality into Our Classrooms – Is it Worth It?

Integrating Virtual Reality into Our Classrooms – Is it Worth It? | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
As technology becomes a staple in classrooms around the world, the viability of using Virtual Reality is questioned. How can we use it and is it worth it?

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A Crowd-sourced List of Google Cardboard Apps & Videos

A Crowd-sourced List of Google Cardboard Apps & Videos | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Best content around Collaborative Learning STEM selected by the EdTech Update community.
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7 Fun and Creative Apps and Websites That Teach Kids to Code — Emerging Education Technologies

7 Fun and Creative Apps and Websites That Teach Kids to Code — Emerging Education Technologies | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
These iOS and Web Apps are Visually Oriented and Kid-Friendly and Help to Build Critical Logic and Problem Solving Skills Computer coding is becoming an increasingly popular activity for today’s technology oriented kids. Even kids who do not plan to

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5 Excellent TED Ed Lessons to Spark Students Creativity via @medkh9

5 Excellent TED Ed Lessons to Spark Students Creativity via @medkh9 | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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Excellent for use in Writing Workshops. Videos show scholars how to think outside the normal "add an adjective to your writing" box.

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Maker Education - Online Professional Development - MakerEd.org

Maker Education - Online Professional Development - MakerEd.org | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Ahead of the official launch of our Resource Library‘s Professional Development category in fall 2016, we are excited to offer a preview of three professional development modules around maker education. Each module is centered around a video and contains prompts to consider and comment on in the Professional Development section of our online Google+ community and on Twitter with #makered and @MakerEdOrg.

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Control your LEDs with your TV remote (Arduino IR Tutorial)

Control your LEDs with your TV remote (Arduino IR Tutorial) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
In this project author will show you how he repurposed the useless buttons on my TV remote to control the LEDs behind his TV. You can also use this technique to control all sorts of things with a b…
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Teaching, Tech and Twitter: Gamifying Our STEM Lab. Leveling Up With Challenges, Digital Badges, Display Pages & More!

Teaching, Tech and Twitter: Gamifying Our STEM Lab. Leveling Up With Challenges, Digital Badges, Display Pages & More! | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Our STEM Lab/Makerspace is a HUGE hit with our students. Since I oversee the lab and take the classes in I get bombarded by kids all day asking if it is their day to go to the STEM Lab. They are building, discovering, exploring, designing, problem solving, and having a blast doing it. However, as the kids continued to explore the STEM Lab we began to notice that they had moved past the exploration phase and wanted a bit more direction and challenge. We realized that we needed to up our game a bit to take our lab to the next level so we decided to gamify our STEM Lab with challenges and badges! It took some prep but once the challenge cards and badges were created we were ready to roll. We are happy to share our tips, tricks and resources so that you can gamify your STEM or STEAM Lab too.

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4 Ways to Teach With Play via @coolcatteacher

4 Ways to Teach With Play via @coolcatteacher | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

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#LEGO #Challenge #Calendar Free Printable for Kids

#LEGO #Challenge #Calendar Free Printable for Kids | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

" A free Printable LEGO challenge calendar to use anytime during the year. Print it out, hang it up, give it to your kids. Feel inspired and taking your LEGO building time in a new direction. I have written out 31 Days of fun LEGO ideas using the bricks you have  and hopefully thinking of new ways to use some of those specialty pieces that don’t see much action. We love kid’s LEGO activities!"


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The 4Cs Are About to Become the 5Ms of the 22nd Century | krissy venosdale

The 4Cs Are About to Become the 5Ms of the 22nd Century | krissy venosdale | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"The pendulum in education swings.  The 4C’s seem to be where it’s at right now… creativity, collaboration, connection, and communication.  Getting kids to connect and create is important.  


But what are we missing when we KEEP talking about 21st century learning? The 4M’s.  I think it’s where we are heading.  No, I hope it’s where we are heading.


Meaningful, mindful, moments, and making."


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Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.

“I have no money.”
“I’m just not super comfortable with technology.”
“We don’t have devices at my school.”
“I don’t have the space.”
“I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.” 


I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”

My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!


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The Library Voice: Build Your Own Pokemon GO Augmented Reality Project With VidCode!

The Library Voice: Build Your Own Pokemon GO Augmented Reality Project With VidCode! | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Last week I found something very fun from our friends at Vidcode. 

Vidcode, a video coding platform designed with girls in mind that is not only self-expressive, but paired with a hobby girls love...creating and sharing videos.  

And of course Vidcode is loved by all students!   

I used Vidcode last year for the first time during Hour of Code and fell in love with the different projects our young people can create on their website. 

When I saw this email...Do you love Pokemon GO?  Build your own!...I knew I would love this Vidcode project!  And I couldn't wait to show Hagan, who built his own too. 

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Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ source files available | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #3DPrinting 

Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+ source files available | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #3DPrinting  | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 


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If it’s happening in Ultimaker’s world, you can find out about it here. 3D printing stories about inspiring moments, original 3D printed projects and much much more.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

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Innovate My School - Engage your pupils by making a film!

Innovate My School - Engage your pupils by making a film! | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Innovative ideas and methods from some of the leading teachers and educators.

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The 13 most innovative schools in the world

The 13 most innovative schools in the world | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Sculpting future success.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 18, 2016 5:43 PM

Quite an interesting selection.

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5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard - Class Tech Tips

5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard - Class Tech Tips | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Have you tried Google Cardboard in your classroom? This super inexpensive (under $10!) and lets students explore virtual reality!

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Building Fun: 5 Civil Engineering Activities for the Classroom

Building Fun: 5 Civil Engineering Activities for the Classroom | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Looking for classroom activities to teach about civil engineering? We’ve found some for you.

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10 Best iOS Virtual Reality Apps For Google Cardboard by Mark O'Neill

10 Best iOS Virtual Reality Apps For Google Cardboard by Mark O'Neill | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
by Mark O'Neill

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8 Game Elements to Make Learning Fun

8 Game Elements to Make Learning Fun | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
This infographic illustrates 8 elements that make games for fun and engaging for learners.

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KidSmart's curator insight, May 7, 2016 2:21 PM
Best toys and games offer kids a playful learning experience.

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The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch) | Reminds me #EDUcators #TEACHers #THEORY and #BlaBlaBla #Humor  

The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)

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The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch): reminds me #EDUcators #TEACHers discussions on <===> Problem Solving...