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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Dice - An Order of Operations Activity for iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Dice - An Order of Operations Activity for iPad | Edu Technology | Scoop.it

"5 Dice https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5-dice-order-operations-game/id572774867?ls=1&mt=8 is a nice iPad app that I recently learned about through David Kapuler. The purpose of the app is to provide students with a place to practice and develop their understanding of the order of operations."


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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, 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, 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, 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

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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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Apple Releases New 'Classroom' for iPad

Apple Releases New 'Classroom' for iPad | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Apple has released a new 'Classroom' app for the iPad.

Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.

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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we've tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.

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3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms

3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Some time ago I wrote a blog post entitled 3 Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms. It proved to be a popular post, so I thought it was time to do a follow up with three MORE top tips that you can use in your classroom when embarking on multimedia green screen projects. So, take a look at the ideas below, and feel free to submit your top tips in the comments below.

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Makey Makey Game Controller Challenge

Makey Makey Game Controller Challenge | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Wanna get your whole school involved in coding and game creation? Maybe even challenge another school and host a maker faire? Connect with others by starting a #makeymakeychallenge and start building your maker community.
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How to Organize Your littleBits Collection

How to Organize Your littleBits Collection | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Back in the summer of 2014 when our makerspace was really starting to take shape, I won a littleBits ProLibrary in their Summer of STEAM contest.  The library came with the now optional wall storage but I knew that I didn’t have a wall space where I wanted to put it.  I wanted to be able to secure the bits when I was out, but also to be able to monitor students as they were using the bits, and there just wasn’t a good place for them at the time.  So I had to get creative in finding a new solution.

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Enable & Disable Night Shift in iOS Quickly from Control Center - OSXDaily

Enable & Disable Night Shift in iOS Quickly from Control Center - OSXDaily | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Night Shift in iOS causes the device display to readjust to a warmer color spectrum, thereby reducing the displays output of blue light. This makes the screen of an iPhone or iPad not only more pleasant to look at in the evening and dark hours, but it also is easier on the eyes and potentially offers some health benefits as well.

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

So many good resources to use in the classroom!

Lacey Mack's curator insight, May 28, 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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Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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Getting Buy In for Your Makerspace via @GravesColleen

Getting Buy In for Your Makerspace via @GravesColleen | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
As the maker movement sweeps the nation, many school librarians are in the early planning stages of incorporating a makerspace into their current programming. Some libraries are struggling to get buy-in and funding from administration, while others are still figuring out how to transform their space. What are the right tools you need to get buy-in and jumpstart makerspaces in schools?

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Summer Science for Kids | Growing A Jeweled Rose

Summer Science for Kids | Growing A Jeweled Rose | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
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8 Essential iPad Apps for 1-to-1 High School Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Essential iPad Apps for 1-to-1 High School Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Edu Technology | Scoop.it
For high school teachers  looking for apps to use in your 1-to-1 classrooms, the collection below is a very good place to start with. We have meticulously curated some of the best educational iPad apps to enhance students learning and help them make the best of their 1-to-1 experience.  From creating books and multimedia projects to designing visuals and infographics to demonstrate their  learning, these apps will definitely add value to your students learning.

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