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8 Must-Have Apps for Geography Class

8 Must-Have Apps for Geography Class | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"Ask a student what the capital of Burkina Faso is and most will give you a blank stare. Most would be lucky to even tell you the continent the country is a part of. With these 8 must-have apps for geography, not only will students learn the capital of Burkina Faso (it’s Ouagadougou by the way), but they will learn a lot of geographical facts, as well as information that will help them navigate and better understand the world."


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Sphero Tricks

Sphero Tricks | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
On our first day of Sphero in the Art room, we had three stations set up.  Painting, Water, and the Dark Room.  We realized that this was a bit difficult to get a good rotation for our older kids so we chose to add one more station, we called it the Trick Station.  We were by this time running out of space, so the area that we used was the carpet where we have the kids come in and sit at the start of class.  Once instruction was complete I asked the students to help me set up this station.

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Scratch Jr - Primary Programmers

Scratch Jr - Primary Programmers | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Inspired by Scratch, ScratchJr was developed as an introductory programming language for pre-readers. It allows pre and early readers to create animations, stories, and games using code blocks which do not require reading for use.

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iPad Game Helps Treat Lazy Eye in Kids

iPad Game Helps Treat Lazy Eye in Kids | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Kids with lazy eye — or amblyopia, the medical term for the condition — may improve their vision by playing a specially designed iPad game, a new study finds.

What's more, kids in the study who played the game experienced greater improvements in their vision after just two weeks, compared with those who received the standard treatment for lazy eye, in which the child wears a patch over his or her "good" eye.

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12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids

12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I am joining my friends from Kid Blogger Network in a round up of topics interesting for parents and caregivers looking for fun activities to do with their kids. Since my 7 year old is very convinced that she will become an engineer, specifically, a mechanical engineer, I want to share 12 amazing engineering projects for kids from the blogosphere including, of course, ideas from this blog.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 11, 2016 7:38 PM

Check this out! Thanks to John Evans.

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littleBits

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littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small.
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Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings!

Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings! | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Who's ready for a little Halloween fun with Google Drawings? I've created a Halloween-themed magnetic poetry template with Google Drawings for you and your students. There are nearly 100 words in this one, so adapt the words that are appropriate for your grade levels. You can use this as an independent activity, or take it a step further and make it a collaborative activity and see how the poetry evolves. You can use the "magnets" included, or even add your own text boxes to extend the activity.

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basil60's curator insight, October 1, 2016 4:27 PM
Halloween might be that big "down under", but some great ideas that could be adapted for other big events. Like football grand finals.....
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 4, 2016 3:04 AM
Easy and handy!!!
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Maker Education Lessons and Projects - Colleen Graves @GravesColleen

Maker Education Lessons and Projects - Colleen Graves @GravesColleen | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

Maker Education Lessons and Projects including:


* Makey Makey

* litlebits

* Vine How-tos

* Sphero 

* Paper Circuit Tutorials


and more to come ...


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5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Five engineering challenges for kids – with wooden clothespins, binder clips, and craft sticks!  It’s a simple STEM activity that kids of all ages will love.

Move over, expensive building sets!  These simple materials were a huge hit with my boys.  The first time we got them out, Owen (almost 7) spent well over an hour busily creating all kinds of designs.  And that’s saying something, because out of all of our kids he has the shortest attention span by far.

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Capturing Creativity - MakeyMakey Projects

Capturing Creativity - MakeyMakey Projects | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"Our projects using the MaKey MaKey micro-controller from Joylabz offer participants the opportunity to develop a range of skills in science, programming, music production and art & design.
MaKey MaKey


The basic elements of our MaKey MaKey projects can be run individually or together and can be in the format of a drop-in activity, live stage show, workshop or series of lessons.  "


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Spiral - Free collaborative apps for 1:1 classrooms

Spiral - Free collaborative apps for 1:1 classrooms | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Spiral is a suite of web apps that assist with collaboration in the classroom. Spiral's simple EdTech tools mirror teachers' existing classroom practices and can be used across all devices.
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Denise Gallegos's curator insight, July 6, 2016 12:24 AM
I really like the way these applications allow students to collaborate. I will be testing this apps with my students next year.
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Middle School Maker Journey: Review, Rethink, and Retool

Middle School Maker Journey: Review, Rethink, and Retool | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
As the end of the school year is almost here (already?), our Digital Shop capstones are underway in earnest. Approaching the end of the program's first year, we’re asking ourselves, "What's gone well? What could be better? How should our program evolve for 2016-17?" In this month's post, I share some of our thoughts regarding enhancements to our makerspace design, curriculum, scheduling, and my own skill set.

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Makerspace Resources - The Awesome Collection for Your Makerspace via @DianaLRendina 

Makerspace Resources - The Awesome Collection for Your Makerspace via @DianaLRendina  | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
All the Makerspace resources you could hope for (and more)
I first started learning about the Maker Movement in education and makerspaces in late 2013.  Since then, I’ve been using this page to compile and curate some of the best articles, videos, blogs, books and other resources that have helped me along the way.  My hope is that you will consider this a go-to resource as you progress along your own Maker journey.  No matter whether you’re just getting started with makerspaces or are looking to grow your program, there’s something here for you.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 12, 2016 7:39 AM

Una colección muy completa de recursos (artículos, videos, posts,etc,) curados por Diana Rendina.

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35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101 | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 12, 2016 5:28 PM
I love maker-space materials!
Melanie Cole's curator insight, May 28, 2016 5:13 AM

So many good resources to use in the classroom!

Lacey Mack's curator insight, May 28, 2016 10:07 PM
Useful for classroom diversity also - I know many young adults who would prefer to investigate using some of these methods.  Definitely a must try.
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Free Stock Market Game, Create Your Own Contest

Free Stock Market Game, Create Your Own Contest | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Free stock market game with real-time trading and educational resources. Create a custom stock game for your class, club, or friends and learn to invest.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 22, 2016 12:34 AM

This looks like a great resource for Business or Business English teachers.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 23, 2016 2:41 AM
Learning about markets and the stock excange can b very boring... why not use GBL?
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Code Boogie — Google Santa Tracker

Code Boogie — Google Santa Tracker | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

Release your inner dance moves with #Code #Boogie from Google's Santa Tracker!! 


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28 Days of Hands-On STEM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain

28 Days of Hands-On STEM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
When kids get their hands on exciting projects, it can inspire them to learn. As I’m guessing you’ve heard before, the learning pyramid shows that people learn about 5% by hearing about something, 10% by reading about it, 30% by seeing a demonstration, but a whopping 75% by doing it for themselves. So each and every one of these 60 activities gives kids an opportunity to do science, technology, engineering and math in a way that helps them learn the skills they need in the 21st century.

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Sphero Olympics - #DigiTechCoach

Sphero Olympics - #DigiTechCoach | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Sphero balls have become a staple part of many schools Makerspaces and mine is no different. They really do offer amazing creativity and deep learning through visual programming with strong links to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) problem solving skills and computational thinking. 

CompNow ran a competition this year to promote the use of Sphero's in education and in particular how they can be included in all areas of the curriculum. It was timely that the Olympics were recently held in Rio and provided an interesting cross curricula topic.

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Collaborative Art with Sphero and Tickle App

Collaborative Art with Sphero and Tickle App | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Talk about putting the A in STEAM!

This week students in my Explore class will be learning the basics of blockly programing with the Tickle app and learn how to program Sphero. With an introduction to action art by famous artists such as Jackson Pollock, students will work together to learn how to program Sphero using the Tickle app to create a collaborative art piece! Yes, we are painting and programming a robot. Engagement is high in my classroom and my little programmers are using inquiry to figure out how to code. We begin with programing the Orca in Tickle and move toward programming Sphero. Our grand finale will be a collaborative art piece we can proudly display for our school community.

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The Joy of the Maker Movement | Scholastic.com

The Joy of the Maker Movement | Scholastic.com | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Diana Rendina gave her middle schoolers a dream assignment: Create something that can fling something else. One student gleefully constructed a crossbow out of pencils, duct tape, and rubber bands. Another built a catapult from Legos. “It’s organized chaos,” says Rendina, the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Florida.
Whether you call it organized chaos or joyful learning, that scene illustrates why the maker movement has galvanized teachers and started a mini-revolution in K–8 classrooms. In “making,” kids ponder a question and then tinker their way to an answer. It encourages critical thinking, creativity, and working in teams, and it can incorporate science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
Such open-ended exploration may sound expensive and complicated. But maker materials needn’t be high tech; they can be as simple as markers, cardboard, and dollar-store items. And you don’t need a degree in engineering to guide students.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 6000+ Children's Books Available for Free

Free Technology for Teachers: 6000+ Children's Books Available for Free | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
The University of Florida's Digital Collections offers a huge library of digitized children's books. Thanks to Open Culture I discovered this collection this afternoon and immediately started to browse through it. The books that you will find in the collection consist of works that are in the public domain. You can search for books according to topic, language, publisher, genre, and publication date.

All of the children's books in the collection can be read online. Reading the books online could be a bit difficult for some as there is a border with menus surrounding each page of the books. To avoid that, you can print all of the books for free. The printed version does not display anything but the book as it was scanned.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 6, 2016 9:11 AM
Take a look and try one-IT IS FREE!
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Maker Rubric PDF | BLUEPRINT

Maker Rubric PDF | BLUEPRINT | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
The Maker Rubric is a simple way to assess the progress and growth of a student maker. This rubric was specifically developed to measure any maker project they complete, whether its 3D printing, claymation, soldering, sewing, puppetry… whatever. It is also a way to, if necessary (dependent on how your school system values grades) assign a numerical percentage to a maker project.

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Yvonne Dawydiak's curator insight, August 26, 2016 12:35 PM
I'd prefer to see a one column rubric to keep the making more 'open' while still providing scaffolding. I'll work on this!
mrsjgarcia's curator insight, August 27, 2016 12:10 PM
A free download, but requires sign up
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The 2016 Stewart MakerFair: Featuring the Awesome MakerCave & More

The 2016 Stewart MakerFair: Featuring the Awesome MakerCave & More | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Our 2016 Stewart MakerFair had Maker Stations, Make & Take activities and awesome student projects including the Maker Cave and K'nex crossbow.
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Makerspace Project - Make an inchworm using littleBits - Makerspaces.com

Makerspace Project - Make an inchworm using littleBits - Makerspaces.com | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
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Project-Based Engineering for Kids - @Instructables

Project-Based Engineering for Kids - @Instructables | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
This is a collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Physical models are built from a similar set of materials that can be easily sourced online (links are provided in-lesson).

All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers.

This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans. Please comment to share your ideas to improve lessons and photos of your designs.

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Learn About Depth of Field: 5 Easy Lessons to Improve Your Photos

Learn About Depth of Field: 5 Easy Lessons to Improve Your Photos | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
When it comes to learning basic photography concepts, depth of field (DOF) is one of the most important for beginner photographers looking to make the jump to “intermediate.” Understanding what depth of field is, how to alter it in your photographs, and some of the different artistic things you can do with it will all help you progress your photography to the next level.

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