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When playdough and iPads pair up - THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

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To Aviva Dunsiger, paint and playdough are as important as iPads and computers.

The Grade 1 teacher at J. Edgar Davey Public School is a leader at incorporating technology into her classroom. Every day, in and among her lessons, Dunsiger tweets, blogs and shares her students' progress on several social media platform

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Putting children first, when media sets its own rules

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In an age when a significant number of parents won't let their child walk down the street to post a letter because of 'stranger danger', it's ironic that many pay little attention while media organisations spend hours of one-to-one time with even their youngest offspring.

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KidSmart's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:26 PM

It is always important for parents to be involved with their children as they engage with the various content  on screens.

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Transforming learning with physical spaces | eSchool News | eSchool News

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School leaders implement new technology initiatives and update teaching and learning goals regularly, but sometimes, the actual physical learning spaces in districts are overlooked.

Today, more and more research points to the increased student achievement and engagement resulting from redesigning learning spaces to be more flexible and collaborative.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 25, 2014 3:28 PM

"Brain-friendly" learning spaces

Troy Davies's curator insight, October 5, 9:53 PM

"Brain-friendly" learning occurs in classroom spaces that are conducive to 21st century learning skills and competencies. If one is looking for some very specific examples of what redesigned learning spaces might look like, this is a good article to refer to. It includes specific commentary on things like seating, screens, tables and walls. The results of a study on these classrooms also yielded noteworthy results. 

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Kids' Smartphone, Tablet Usage Increasing 09/23/2014

Kids' Smartphone, Tablet Usage Increasing 09/23/2014 | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
mong those families with kids, 35% said their child uses a smartphone (up from 21% in 2012) and 31% use tablets, up from 13% in 2012.

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KidSmart's curator insight, September 23, 2014 9:32 AM

Juli Lennett, president of The NPD Group’s toys division, in a statement said, “Marketing smartphones and tablets for family use, rather than the traditional primary user, and offering pricing and payment options to meet the needs of families, will engage this audience even further.”

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The First 5s with iPads

The First 5s with iPads | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

With the start of school approaching and the looming expectation of incorporating iPads into the curriculum becoming a reality, the big question many educators are asking is: "Where should I begin?" Last year, I wrote about 5 Steps for the First 5 Days. However, what about the five days after that?

It can seem daunting to envision a year's worth of activities with iPads, but when taken in small chunks, it doesn't need to be intimidating. Taking a note from Alan November's talks about the #1st5days, consider what is possible in the first five hours, days, and weeks of school.


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Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang

Microsoft buys Minecraft maker Mojang | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced it is acquiring Minecraft software maker Mojang. Though neither side is confirming, Reuters previously suggested the deal could beworth $2.5 billion.

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iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know - Gotta Be Mobile

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iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know
Gotta Be Mobile
Very soon you'll be able to install iOS 8 on the iPad to deliver a large collection of new iOS 8 features that will supercharge your iPad.

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, September 8, 2014 8:29 PM

This video is on the long side, but you don't want to miss this! It looks like the new iOS update will come down some time next week. What does this mean for you? Air drop from your iOS device to your MacBook!

Lee Hall's curator insight, September 12, 2014 3:38 PM

Free update for your iPad unless it is the original. It is too old to get this update, but all the others starting with the iPad 2 will get it for free.

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Should pupils be using tablet computers in school? - Telegraph

Should pupils be using tablet computers in school? - Telegraph | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

English teacher Matthew Godfrey weighs up the pros and cons of our burgeoning reliance on digital devices in the classroom


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App makes bulletin boards come alive at Green school - New Jersey Herald

App makes bulletin boards come alive at Green school - New Jersey Herald | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

"The bulletin boards throughout Green Hills School may look normal — with colorful paper and pictures covering them — but hover a tablet or smartphone loaded with a special app over them and they turn into learning tools, complete with videos and interactive lessons.

 

“I didn't want there to be all these passive areas throughout the school,” Superintendent John Nittolo said. “I wanted there to be chances for people to interact, to manipulate, to find info that changes so it's not static.”

 

The brainchild of Louis Rossi, the school's mathematics and ThinkSTEM coach, each bulletin board — technically known as “Augmented Reality Interactive Boards” — gives students an opportunity to learn away from the classroom."


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The Ark Toys's curator insight, August 26, 2014 2:05 PM

Very cool!  It's great to see technology used in innovative ways to improve the educational experience for kids.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:06 AM

Use of QR codes and Aurasma can create an augmented reality where students simply need to hold their iPad up to an image or code to receive information. These are great for scavenger hunts and any activity students need to gather ideas, but here is an idea to use them with bulletin boards. This is hopefully something we can do in the Library soon!

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Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term. - iPad Insight

Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term. - iPad Insight | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Back to School. The phrase that strikes horror into students (and teachers) of all ages up and down the land. Back in the day, there was the excitement of writing neatly on the first page of your n...

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Cynthia Day's curator insight, August 22, 2014 5:14 AM

ipad

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, August 22, 2014 5:29 AM

My personal top 5 apps would be; Pages, Camera, Explain Everything, Google Drive, PDF Expert. With them I can create, save and share just about everything I need to however that list could go on and on.

Robyn Harrison's curator insight, August 24, 2014 6:59 AM

Love the idea of Flipboard.

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The 7 Models of #Storytelling for Brands - #digitalstorytelling

The 7 Models of #Storytelling for Brands - #digitalstorytelling | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Back in 2004 Christopher Booker finished writing a book that he had been working on for 34 years. It was a quest to study all the great stories ever told, and to see what they had in common so that

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Tim Brook's curator insight, August 18, 2014 4:47 PM

Not sure what my story should be though...

Jens Peter Madsen's curator insight, August 19, 2014 3:44 AM

looks very good i´ll come back for that article

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Do Teachers Need iPad Training? - Edudemic

Do Teachers Need iPad Training? - Edudemic | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

"We have come to a point in the education technology journey where it seems rather dull to still be asking if the iPad is the right device for the classroom. The answer, in case you’ve missed the last few years of debate is that it is a great option, but this is not universally accepted and never will be. Nonetheless, one of the attributes you’ll hear put forward is that it is easy to use because of the intuitive nature of iOS. This is absolutely true; you can put the iPad into the hands of almost any child and within a short period of time they will have mastered it.

 

So does it then follow that you can out the iPad into the hands of teachers and expect the same results?

 

No."


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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, August 10, 2014 7:16 PM
The emphasis on iPads is a bit of a distraction here - the issue is related more to the ability of teachers to create engaging learnng opportunities where technology use extends and enhances the students' capacity for self-direction, information literacy, collaboration. culural awareness, etc... be it with an iPad or other ICT, the point is that too many teachers still rely on delivery and control, rather than authentic opportunities for learning.
Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 18, 2014 3:38 PM

The answer if YES!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 15, 2015 7:14 PM

I completely agree. Time needs to be given to training teachers!!

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LeapFrog Buys Kid’s Web Browser Maker KidZui | TechCrunch

LeapFrog Buys Kid’s Web Browser Maker KidZui | TechCrunch | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
San Diego-based KidZui, the makers of a web browser designed for children, has been acquired by children's learning and entertainment company LeapFrog. The..

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Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Forget about all the vague, superficial information out there. Edutopia blogger Terry Heick cuts to the chase with 19 meaningful questions parents can ask their children's teachers at the beginning of the school year.

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8 Ways to Prioritize Learning When Using Technology in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

8 Ways to Prioritize Learning When Using Technology in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

"As technology takes hold in the classroom, educators are constantly shifting tactics, experimenting with new tools, and trying to connect with students. That’s far easier said than done, but effective teachers know that education at its best is a human endeavor. What technology can do, as Laura Moorhead writes for the TED blog, is support teachers as they push students to problem-solve, discover information on their own, and make meaning out of the world around them. "


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Parenting in the Digital Age | Canvas Network

Parenting in the Digital Age | Canvas Network | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

Technology use among children and adolescents is growing at an astronomical rate. Think about how many parents purchase their children smartphones, gaming systems, iPads, or other digital devices. With access to the Internet, these devices allow children to connect to others in ways we never could have imagined.

 

With the proliferation of these devices comes concerns about cyberbullying, screentime, digital citizenship, media literacy, and exposure to inappropriate content. For parents, keeping up with their children's use of technology can be a daunting challenge.

 

So what can parents do to help kids use these devices responsibly? When online, how can parents make sure their children are safe? What can parents do prevent the sharing of personally identifiable information? These are just a few of the questions this course will attempt to explore.


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The Future of Tablets? Market Segmentation

The Future of Tablets? Market Segmentation | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
People often criticize segmentation without realizing that these are very good business moves.

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Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets - Disability Scoop

Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets - Disability Scoop | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:12 PM

Here's a feel-good article! I have seen how both tablets, laptops, and even handhelds like smartphones or iPods have been helpful for my own autistic son. I wish some of this technology had come out sooner! It's so good to see that there's some actual data to back the concept that these are invaluable tools for autistic kids, and for those with communications disabilities in general. 

--techcommgeekmom

Merja Saarela's curator insight, September 13, 2014 7:17 AM

I believe this is very good news for many parents struggling with communication challenges of their autistic child. Reserch results show remarkable progress especially with communication skills. So playing with the tablet seems to be very helpful for these children and their families.

Jorge Luiz Sousa Rego's curator insight, September 14, 2014 12:41 PM

M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications

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Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For - Mind/Shift

Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For - Mind/Shift | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
Dissatisfied with existing frameworks used to judge the effectiveness of classroom tech a group of instructional coaches are trying to build their own tool with help from other educators.

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Are you more tech savvy than a 5-year old?

Are you more tech savvy than a 5-year old? | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: A UK-wide survey has revealed that a quarter of parents would struggle to complete tasks expected of five-year-olds under the new curriculum.

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Strawberry Shortcake Berry Beauty Salon

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Strawberry Shortcake Berry Beauty Salon Is Available At These Online Stores: * Primp, hairstyle, dress up and accessorize Strawberry Shortcake and her friends! * Get the girls make-up ready for [...]
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Parenting in the Digital Age | Canvas Network

Parenting in the Digital Age | Canvas Network | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

Technology use among children and adolescents is growing at an astronomical rate. Think about how many parents purchase their children smartphones, gaming systems, iPads, or other digital devices. With access to the Internet, these devices allow children to connect to others in ways we never could have imagined.


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Parenting more important than schools to academic achievement, study finds

“ New research finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child's academic performance than the qualities of the school itself.”


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Instructure Launches Minecraft MOOCs for K-12 -- THE Journal

Instructure Launches Minecraft MOOCs for K-12 -- THE Journal | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it

"Instructure has launched a suite of massive open online courses (MOOCs) for K-12  teachers, students and parents, including two that use Minecraft to help teachers implement gamification best practices in the classroom.

 

The first Minecraft MOOC, Getting Started with MinecraftEDU, is designed to introduce teachers to using the game as an educational tool and provides help on planning the first two lessons with the game. The course will run October 20-November 17."


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8 Printable Classroom Posters For Device Best Practices - Edudemic

8 Printable Classroom Posters For Device Best Practices - Edudemic | Digital Storybooks | Scoop.it
When you bring devices of any kind into your classroom, there need to be some rules to go along with them. Establishing guidelines for your students when they’re using technology is best done early on and reinforced often – with students of all ages! This doesn’t mean just setting out rules about not eating and …

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