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Top 8 Apps for Teaching Creative Writing

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Teaching creative writing can be a lot fun, especially when it comes to reading the creative pieces your students write. However, getting them to come up with ideas for those pieces is often difficult.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.

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Monika Macias's curator insight, June 9, 4:50 AM

STEM experiences abound! Sites, challenges, even camps! Sections for Elementary, Middle, High School and a section aimed at STEM experiences for Girls - who, at over 48% of the workforce, make up less than 24% of STEM workers.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, June 9, 12:37 PM

Let's be STEM advocates!

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Wow!

 

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iPad App of the Week: 2Do | iPad Insight

iPad App of the Week: 2Do | iPad Insight | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"This week’s pick is 2Do, by Guided Ways Technologies.  Normally priced at $15, 2Do is currently on sale for, FREE until June 12th!  In addition, the Mac version of 2Do is on sale for 50% off.

…2Do lets you take a completely different approach to managing your tasks. With its extremely simple-to-use interface and a comprehensive and flexible set of powerful features, it lets you focus on what’s most important to you: your life. There is no wrong way of using 2Do, and unlike other to-do apps, it won’t force you in adhering to a particular task management methodology…"


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Apps in Action: Skitch Lesson Ideas - THAT #EDTECH GUY'S BLOG

Apps in Action: Skitch Lesson Ideas - THAT #EDTECH GUY'S BLOG | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Skitch is a fantastic tool for annotating images. It enables the user to precisely point to features of interest and add text. There are many ways this could be used. One instance is like the image above where I have added key questions to an image. This provides more focus than merely presenting a blank image and prompts discussion. Following on from this, I have given learners the blank background image and asked them to annotate theirs by answering the questions. Alternatively, a teacher could present a blank image and ask students to identify the key features and annotate it live, based on students feedback. Although this could have traditionally been done by projecting an image and annotating it using a whiteboard marker, the great thing about Skitch is that all of that great feedback is not lost: it’s stored in a clear way which can then be distributed to students as a point of reference.

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, June 7, 4:50 PM

In the 1:1 Chromebook classroom, we don't use Apps, but rather Chrome extensions. I was looking for a way for students to annotate images, and this app led me back to Evernote Web Clipper. We'll be evaluating this and other extensions with similar function for the next school year.

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Tiggly Words: An Interactive iPad Toy for Young Learners @ClassTechTips

Tiggly Words: An Interactive iPad Toy for Young Learners @ClassTechTips | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I’m a huge fan of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Math an interactive toy that can be used with special iPad apps to build foundational skills.  The folks behind this awesome product have just released Tiggly Words to help children master foundational literacy skills.

Tiggly Words includes five colorful smart vowel toys that students can place on their iPad screen.  It interacts with three very cool new apps to help students learn phonics and word skills while they problem solve.

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Bloomz: The Simplest Parent Teacher Communications App

Bloomz: The Simplest Parent Teacher Communications App | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Bloomz makes it easy for Teachers to safely share photos, classroom updates and reach parents instantly through real-time messaging. Parents love it.
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I am inviting you to try the new Bloomz app. Since I started using Bloomz for parent communications, I've saved so much time. I can send class photos and updates, schedule parent-teacher conferences, request volunteers, message with parents and more.

You can sign up for an account very quickly; just enter your name, email address and select your school to create a class, you will be up and running in no time. Did I mention it's free? And parents love it too!

Simply click on this link (or copy it into your browser): http://bloomz.us/1GmoVFP

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5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration

5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads.  Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan.  Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps.    Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:

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30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist

30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I make no apologies for making this an iPad focused post. So many of the schools that I work with have iPads both for students and for educators. The majority of the 30 Apps I’ve chosen are ones I have used extensively myself in the classroom with some new additions which I have seen being used by others to great success.

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10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to help teachers with  classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. The apps featured in this list are among the best titles you can find in the category of classroom management. Enjoy

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Patricia Thomson's curator insight, May 21, 9:12 AM

Easy to use apps to help with classroom management.

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DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO!

DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO! | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Be creative, help people and make dreams come true with engineering. Play games, watch full episodes and video clips, design new inventions and share them in this social community. Try engineering and science activities or compete in contests on DESIGN SQUAD NATION's educational website for kids. Read a blog from real engineers.

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30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don't Know About - InformED

30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don't Know About - InformED | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
If you want to encourage your students to start taking advantage of the many technology tools available to them, here are a few examples of the types of productivity and learning apps that can support them in their studies.

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How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog

How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a very easy way to make better use of the iPad in class. Simply become more aware of what you’re using the iPad for when teaching. This is where the SAMR model comes in, something I believe all teachers should be familiar with. The SAMR model is a 4 stage framework, illustrated below by the fantastic Sylvia Duckworth, creator of many great sketch notes.

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Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone - MakeUseOf.com

Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone  - MakeUseOf.com | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"Nowadays, kids want to use smartphones. Of course, most parents aren’t willing to actually buy their kids a device, but plenty have no problem letting them play with one. Of course, when a child uses a cell phone they can potentially be exposed to all kinds of dangerous things that aren’t meant for young eyes.

But the risks aren’t just for the children, but they can affect you, the parents, too. Kids could make unwanted in-app purchases, make calls to people you don’t want to talk to, they could even share photos you don’t want the world to see, and they can do plenty of other bad things. So what can you do? Check out the infographic below for the answers."


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Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation! @ClassTechTips

Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation! @ClassTechTips | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad (here’s 23) and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen.  Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or ShowMe.  Then they can discuss what the steps they took to solve a problem and you can hear their explanation.

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From Book Creator to printed book - Book Creator app | Blog

From Book Creator to printed book - Book Creator app | Blog | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
I have been making printed versions of books made with Book Creator on an iPad for many years. The app produces a really decent file for hard copy printing.

First thing to realise is that your video and sound files won’t work on paper. I know that sounds silly but people sometimes get upset when they first realise this. What you do get is a paper book which looks like it was purchased from a bookstore – it looks so professional.

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Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game

Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week.


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Alice Goddard Library's curator insight, June 7, 2:14 AM

We need to be learning more coding!

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Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas - @gravescolleen

Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas - @gravescolleen | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

Check out this great collection of Maker resources from Colleen Graves, Maker, Teacher ,Librarian @lamar_library

 

 


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Free Technology for Teachers: iRead a Book ... Now What? - Book Posters, Book Trailers, and More

Free Technology for Teachers: iRead a Book ... Now What? - Book Posters, Book Trailers, and More | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"My social media bios declare “I like kids. I like books. I like tech. What else could I be but a school librarian?” That pretty much sums it up right there. 

Now, I do want to make one thing clear. I do not believe every book needs a “project.” READ MORE BOOKS. That’s what will encourage a love of reading (and the literacy skills will come). That said there are times when added tech IS fun and helpful to instruction. We had 6 iPads last year but this December were lucky enough to get a cart of 25! Of course we wanted to use them."


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Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers @ClassTechTips

Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers @ClassTechTips | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"Reading Rainbow has inspired young readers long before an iPad entered any classroom.  This powerful iPad app gives students access to hundreds books in a variety of genres.  Within the app are over 100 educational video field trips hosted by Reading Rainbow favorite LeVar Burton.  Students can listen to books read aloud to them or read independently as they turn the page.  Each book has animations that are sure to grab your students’ attentions."


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Why iPads are magic and why that may (not) matter - Teaching with iPad

Why iPads are magic and why that may (not) matter - Teaching with iPad | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post from colleague Dr. Guy Trainin, a professor of Literacy at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Trainin is a very avid YouTube author with very helpful iPad videos.

A few weeks ago I created two of my favorite episodes on me podcast iPads in the Classroom. One was about viruses and cells and the second was about the future of the book. (The videos are embedded below). These episodes show off the magic that iPads can create. This is not just a book splashed on a page, or games that drill a basic math skill. Instead, these are apps that show how much more can you get when you use a mobile devices to get a different kind of information.

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Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them.

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Michele Daniel-Shenk's curator insight, May 27, 6:46 AM
This sounds wonderful! Students will love them and they will make perfect trading items for FLL competitions.
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Free Online Program for Math and English from PracTutor - ClassTechTips.com

Free Online Program for Math and English from PracTutor - ClassTechTips.com | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
This summer PracTutor is offering their online curriculum completely free for students.  This personalized curriculum includes a diagnostic pre-test that measures current learning levels and customizes a learning path for every student.  This summer your students can practice Math and English skills through various question types, manipulatives, and videos with scaffolds and support.

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3 Free Apps for Energizer Breaks on the iPad | Technology Erintegration

3 Free Apps for Energizer Breaks on the iPad | Technology Erintegration | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Brain breaks are all the rage these days with GoNoodle cornering the tech market for group dancing, running in place, and yoga.  Plus it’s #gamified which motivates students to participate.

However, not all students will need a break at the same time, and I have not seen the level of engagement when I’ve tried setting up individuals on GoNoodle.  So I’ve tracked down my favorite 3 free iPad apps for energizing brain breaks that are also motivating and use gamification to keep students focused.  Click the image to download them for free on iTunes.

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Top 50 Completely FREE Education Apps — Updated April 22!

Top 50 Completely FREE Education Apps — Updated April 22! | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Keep up-to-date with what's movin' and shakin' on the App Store with this list of the Top 50 most downloaded completely FREE apps (with no in-app purchases) available in the Education section on iTunes as of April 22, 2015. You will find apps for babies, preschoolers, toddlers, students, educators and...
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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, May 13, 3:09 AM

Handig overzicht!

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 27, 3:27 PM

Handig, met verschillende pro indelingen

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 29, 3:24 AM

A few to investigate!