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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
The idea that students can learn something valuable from play isn’t new, or even controversial. A sizeable body of research has been conducted to back up what many teachers already knew to be true.  Fun and learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it really works better for everyone involved when they’re not.

As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn’t feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 23, 2015 10:19 AM

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, November 27, 2015 6:11 AM

Agree...and if you add also apps with virtual lego bricks they also learn abstract thinking and visualisation :) ...

 

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, November 27, 2015 8:19 AM

The legacy of Legos is amazing - so many children had developed concepts and skills through the construction and creativity of Legos. From my perspective, they ABSOLUTELY belong in every classroom - and every home. Play IS Learning.

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19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know - Buzzfeed

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know - Buzzfeed | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
You spend like half of your life on that thing. Time to figure out what it really does.

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Alfonso C. Betancort's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:45 AM

A Few Usefull Tricks you, iPhone or iPad User, Will Put to Good Use. Easy to remeber and perform.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:53 PM

The 'Guided Access' tip is fabulous for teachers of T-2 grades who want to keep the students from changing apps or deleting things!

Thanks!

Conners Sales Group's curator insight, November 9, 2015 10:43 AM

Good tips, include a few I didn't know about.

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iPad Settings That Can Make a Big Difference in the Classroom

iPad Settings That Can Make a Big Difference in the Classroom | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
With iOS 9 came a lot of new iPad functionality, as well as settings to manage those capabilities. Some are not very useful in the classroom environment, but others can be difference between purposeful work and “My iPad isn’t working!”

When optimizing your iPad apps and settings, be sure to make use of the new search function in Settings. The app itself has become so big and unruly that searching can save a lot of time. You can find the search function at the top of the Settings app main screen. Once you’re there, check out these five new settings that are definitely worth a look for educators:

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10 Apps For Making a Great Slideshow Presentation

10 Apps For Making a Great Slideshow Presentation | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Here are ten of the best apps to use to do precisely that, and give you the edge when making that all important presentation at work. We suggest trying them and seeing which ones work best for you.

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hinderwitch's comment, September 3, 2015 12:12 AM
Chromebooks have been around for quite some time now, these are essentially laptops which run Google's Chrome OS. These devices are usually quite affordabl
hinderwitch's comment, September 3, 2015 12:12 AM
Chromebooks have been around for quite some time now, these are essentially laptops which run Google's Chrome OS. These devices are usually quite affordabl
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7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
New tools are upending the way we teach and learn. Read on to find out what we think are the coolest innovations in 2015 affecting the education space.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 16, 2015 1:59 AM

Some nice links and examples in this article.

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Particularly interested in Numbers 6 and 7.

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12 Things You Should Never Say During Your Presentation

Don’t do this; don’t do that! Yes, there are a number of “don’ts” connected with good presentations. If you keep these “don’ts” in mind, beyond any doubt your …

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, June 11, 2015 9:29 PM

Some important points to consider and "don'ts" to remember to leave the best impression on your audience.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 2015 7:49 PM

I heard all of these things at a recent conference! I'd like to add one to the list -- "I don't want to keep boring you." How about you don't bore me at all?

 

Is it time to dust off the old public speaking textbook and brush up on some speaking skills?

Carmen Chavez, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:47 AM

Excellent points to consider and "don'ts" to remember to leave the best impression on your audience.

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Why are games good for learning

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callooh's curator insight, April 24, 2015 2:26 PM

A good info graphic on the benefits of the potential  benefits of games when designed well.

Jerome Leleu's curator insight, April 27, 2015 3:13 AM

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How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie

How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

Recently I was reminded of the ability to do green screen photography when I read a blog post by Dr. Wesley Fryer. He did a green screen photo booth at the Fall Festival of the school he works at in Oklahoma. Great idea. So how do you do it? It all starts with the Green Screen app by DoInk. The rest is easy! Here’s how it works.

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Easy Timeline Creator for Tablets - ClassTechTips.com

Easy Timeline Creator for Tablets - ClassTechTips.com | ICT and Me | Scoop.it

 - ClassTechTIpsIf you like the online resource ReadWriteThink you’ll want to check out some of their mobile apps including Timeline.  This app is available on both iPads and Android tablets and makes it easy for students to create timelines.  With this totally free app kids can chart the events of a story or demonstrate their understanding of important moments during a period in history.  It’s a dynamic app that lends itself well to a variety of tasks.


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Rebecca Louise Melia's curator insight, April 9, 2015 6:32 PM

After researching their own life and milestones, students can create a list of significant events and then use this simple app to create a timeline of their lives. Timelines can be made using "before birth", and then each year of age so far. Creating a timeline can also be linked mathematics as it involves "sequencing events" (Mae-13MG) (Board of Studies, NSW, 2014).  

 

The finished timeline acts as a form of formative assessment, as it is a physical representation of their understanding of life events and their ability to use the technology. Students can be questioned about their work to assess their progress - In order to do this successfully students should be asked some closed questions, followed by open-ended questions, requiring some explanation (McMillan, 2011, p.118). Questions could include "What would come next on your timeline?" and "Do you think everyone would have the same timeline as you? Why?". 

 

References:

Board of Studies. (2014). Mathematics K-10. Retrieved April 2, 2015 from http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/mathematics/mathematics-k10/outcomes/outcomes-detail/outcomes-content/342/

Class Teach Tips. (2015) Easy timeline creator for tablets. Retrieved March 30, 2015 from http://classtechtips.com/2015/01/04/easy-timeline-creator-for-tablets/

McMillan, J. H. (2011). Classroom assessment. Boston: Pearson. 

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How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius

How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius | ICT and Me | Scoop.it

"Figuring out which apps work best in your particular classroom is not easy. There’s a painstaking process of trial and error that teachers must go through (usually during the summer break or professional development sessions)."


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Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com

Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com | ICT and Me | Scoop.it

For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.


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DareDo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:26 AM

Beaucoup de bon sens et de choses connues. Néanmoins très utile à relire et intégrer...

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App of the Week: Post-it Plus brings Post-it notes into the digital age - GeekWire

App of the Week: Post-it Plus brings Post-it notes into the digital age - GeekWire | ICT and Me | Scoop.it

"As someone who writes fiction for fun in my off hours, Post-it notes have been an integral part of my writing process. At some point in a story’s development, I usually end up covering a wall somewhere with a series of multi-colored notes that looks like something out of a crime procedural murder investigation.

 

The downside to all that is it’s hard to take all of the structure I put up on the wall and translate it into a digital format that travels with me while I’m using other tools to write the story itself. That’s why 3M created Post-it Plus, an app that allows people to use their iPhone and iPad to scan and digitize groups of sticky notes all in one fell swoop.

Users just open up the app, tap on the camera button,

 

Users just open up the app, tap on the camera button, and line it up with a group of notes. Once they take a snapshot, the app will separate out each discrete note from the image and save them all on a virtual board with the same layout that they had in meatspace."

 


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Character Minutes's curator insight, October 11, 2014 10:20 AM

Very interesting idea. Could use it to  stress the trait "organized"

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | ICT and Me | Scoop.it

The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? 

 

 


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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 17, 2014 9:49 PM

Some good basics here. 

John Rudkin's curator insight, September 18, 2014 4:05 AM

Ignore at your peril

Shannon Resendez's curator insight, September 18, 2014 8:52 AM

A teachers evaluation of best practices using classroom technology.

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How augmented reality can contribute to education

How augmented reality can contribute to education | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Augmented reality has become a way to engage studious people and to address learning disabilities. Because it can overlay digital content and information onto the real world, it opens up a new range of learning opportunities

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 23, 2015 7:55 AM

General article that includes links to examples of VR and AR. 

Glen Morris's curator insight, November 23, 2015 10:13 AM

How I plan to engage the class us AR next year:

 

1. I am planning on introducing Aurasma in the science centre next year. Dead posters will come to life, the anatomy model will link to anatomy lessons, the skeleton "Mr Bones" will link to the name of each bone scanned.(https://www.aurasma.com/)

 

2. Going to have a QR scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race next year - and I plan to assess it!

 

3.QR codes on tests/reports that link to a webcam video giving feedback on each student (personalised + unique attention = switched on learners)

 

Just 3 thoughts... what are yours?

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:44 AM

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How I caption on YouTube - YouTube

Excellent video on how to create 'CC' - Closed captioned video using YouTube.  


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 7, 2015 1:22 PM

This is essential professional information for instructional designers and online teachers.

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Coding for the Common Core: 15 iPad Coding Apps for K-5+ — Emerging Education Technologies

Coding for the Common Core: 15 iPad Coding Apps for K-5+ — Emerging Education Technologies | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Yesterday we published the article, “Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA“, in which we shared numerous programmable robots and insights and lesson plans that offer ideas for how they can be used on classrooms teaching various subjects.

Today, we share 15 different iPad apps (many of them are free!) that can help teach coding skills while reinforcing related skills like mathematics, logic, reading, and more! These apps are geared toward students of elementary through middle schools ages.

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Centre Recursos Baix Llobregat 7's curator insight, October 30, 2015 4:26 AM

El grau K5 correspon, aproximadament, als 9 anys d'edat.

June Rumiko Klein's curator insight, October 30, 2015 8:47 AM

Making math and logic fun.  And the price is right.

Lee Hall's curator insight, October 30, 2015 8:55 AM

These are perfect to get your students started learning to code.

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20 helpful apps for teachers and educators

20 helpful apps for teachers and educators | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Students shouldn't be the only ones trying to use their smartphones in the classroom. Check out our top picks for the best apps for teachers and educators.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 19, 2015 4:26 PM

A few of these apps cost, but most are free. 

Cindy Peters's curator insight, August 21, 2015 9:15 AM

This is a great resource for #ucdsb teachers - some great apps here, let me know what you think after you try them out! #ucdsbtech #21stcenturylearning

Gert Nilsson's curator insight, December 18, 2015 6:59 AM

Det är inte bara eleverna som ska försöka använda den smarta telefonen i klassrummet!!

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18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom | Midnight Music

18 Ways To Use A Single iPad In The Music Classroom | Midnight Music | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Even if you have only one iPad (your own!) there are still lots of ways you can use it with your students, especially if you can plug it into a data projector and speakers. Here are 18 ideas:

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jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, June 23, 2015 6:26 AM

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Karen E Smith's curator insight, June 23, 2015 11:53 AM

That's what I do and it is very versatile

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How A 6-Year-Old Learned Coding Skills With These Adorable Robot Toys

How A 6-Year-Old Learned Coding Skills With These Adorable Robot Toys | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
The learn-to-code movement is aiming younger.

MIT and partners, for example, recently released a free iPad app with its visual programming language ScratchJr., so kindergartners could use it to code stories and games even before knowing how to read. Vikas Gupta, a former Google executive who founded the startup Wonder Workshop (formerly called Play-i), has taken a slightly different path. "We learned that in order to make programming of interest to young children, it has to be a tangible product. It can’t be just software," he told Co.Exist last year.


Enter Dot and Dash—Wonder Workshop’s two new robots that teach coding skills to children as young as five that are now being field tested in a few dozen elementary school classrooms nationally. And they are definitely tangible: Dash hears and responds to sounds, navigates around a room and avoid obstacles, and comes to life with sound and lights. He can even play the xylophone. Dot, on the other hand, doesn't have wheels and is meant to interact with Dash via Bluetooth and act as a controller. Both have their own customizable "personalities." On the back end, through four apps that control both robots, they are secretly teaching coding skills such as "event-based programming, sequencing, conditionals, and loops."

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Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
In this project, we formed a professional learning community, which had a number of teacher educators and other members of the faculty from a variety of areas. Members had range of experience with mobile and other digital technologies, from being inexperienced to having extensive experience.

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Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, April 11, 2015 8:41 AM

"It became very obvious that for the community to succeed, the members needed to have a common interest and have stakes in investigating mobile learning. "

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, April 24, 2015 12:39 PM

Thank you Nik...I like it that this article highlighted "investigating how to develop effective learning environments, and how to ensure the learning outcomes were achieved as a result of mobile device usage."

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, May 21, 2015 2:22 AM

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 5, 2015 12:30 PM

A huge and really helpful resource for teachers.

Anna Van D's curator insight, January 7, 2015 2:53 AM

excellent for all levels, I've been using material and worksheets on various topics for 2 years now and I am very satisfied. Thank you all 

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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.

 

Learning Objectives:

Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 2015 12:11 PM

Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

Karen E Smith's curator insight, March 27, 2015 9:26 AM

I am using this and enjoy it.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 18, 2:35 AM
Sooo interesting! AR turned into fun learning, not just a "watch in awe"
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iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius

iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, October 18, 2014 1:05 PM

Ideas for PBL in elementary classrooms!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:59 PM

Thx John Evans!

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Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
EasyBib helps educators provide students with the tools they need to do credible and ethical research, while allowing them to track student progress and understanding before they hand in their final paper. EasyBib has also been recently integrated into Google Docs allowing  students to easily and properly cite their resources with one single click.

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, October 12, 2014 5:28 PM

Such an important habit to establish in all learners, great to hear it's integrated into google docs!

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 13, 2014 12:34 PM

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10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint

10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint | ICT and Me | Scoop.it
When Used With Tact, These Techniques can Help to Make Your Presentations Fun and Engaging It'd easy to bash PowerPoint, especially given the poor uses we see

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Training in Business's curator insight, September 17, 2014 6:40 AM

10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint

Character Minutes's curator insight, September 17, 2014 7:26 PM

Contains a few new ways to use PowerPoint

tom jackson's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:41 AM

PPT isn't new, but have you explored all the ways you can make innovative presentations using it?  Worth your time just to ensure your getting your presentation opportunities from it