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How to Make a Book Trailer Video

How to make a book trailer video with three free and simple tools.

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Book Creator now has full support for shared iPads - Book Creator app | Blog

Book Creator now has full support for shared iPads - Book Creator app | Blog | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
With our latest update to the paid version of Book Creator we have added full support for shared iPad and Managed Apple ID deployments.
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Nearpod is Venturing into Virtual Reality! - Teachers With Apps

Nearpod is Venturing into Virtual Reality! - Teachers With Apps | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Nearpod is taking virtual reality into schools.
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Kotobee – The ultimate free epublishing tool

Kotobee – The ultimate free epublishing tool | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Like iBooks Author it is free to download, but it will run on most platforms so you don’t have to be a Mac owner to use it, but what’s really great about Kotobee is its ability to export to so many different formats and platforms.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, May 31, 9:23 AM
Ferramenta para criar publicações web.
Jamie Edwards (IDS)'s curator insight, June 3, 8:35 AM
I might have to give this a try.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 11, 5:28 PM
This looks pretty nifty.
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10 Great Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

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Highlights From Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote

Highlights From Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Apple revealed dozens of upgrades to its four major software platforms, and significantly increased the access that third-party developers have to some of its core apps, at the World Wide Developers Conference today in San Francisco.

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Maker Book Review: Invent to Learn Guide to Fun

Maker Book Review: Invent to Learn Guide to Fun | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
If you’ve visited my Makerspace Resources page, you’ll already know that I suggest this The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun as one of the must have Maker books to get you started in your maker education journey. However, I’ve found myself with TWO copies of this fabulous book, so I wanted to share why I love this book, and …. well, you’ll have to read the whole post for all the details.

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This pen is actually a 3D printer

This pen draws in 3D. It's called the Lix
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My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015

My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015 | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
In lieu of writing a reflective blog for this year I thought I would share the top ten iPad Apps that have been impactful in my working with hundreds of schools and teachers around the world this year.

With a focus on a few key types of Apps such as workflow and demonstration apps alongside those that support learning activities such as note taking, research and sketching, here are my top ten iPad Apps from across 2015.

As it says below, those that know or have worked with me will testify, I’m not really one for ‘Apps for a subject’ but there are some Apps which work well everywhere. I have been asked by many for my top ten apps for 2015, so instead, here are my top ten apps for learning that have impact in the schools I have worked with in recent times. Enjoy!

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Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom

Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 4:11 AM

Some nice tips and ideas.

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How to manage accessibility features on your iPad - iPadInsight

How to manage accessibility features on your iPad - iPadInsight | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Accessibility features on iOS are available to any user from the moment you buy your iPad or iPhone.  Simply turn on your device and there are built in gestures that are immediately available to you.  These can be invoked by either (triple) clicking the home button (to turn on VoiceOver) or via simple swipe gestures (double-tap the screen with three fingers to turn zoom off and on).

You can manage a variety of accessibility features on your iPad.  To get started and see which features met you needs and are accessible to you, open the Settings App–> General–> Accessibility.  Here you will find numerous options separated out by feature set.

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Four Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom

Four Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

We have to balance the promise and power of the digital with the skills and gifts of the human, allowing students to partner with the digital while living meaningful human lives in the “real” world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 5, 1:08 AM

Great to see digital narrative mentioned here.

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5 Free Tools to Master Your PDF Files

5 Free Tools to Master Your PDF Files | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
PDF files excel at maintaining your document's formatting across platforms. We show you the best tools to scan to PDF, save to PDF, extract media files, and convert PDF to text.
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
One undeniable fact about teaching is that teachers not only need to be masters of content within their subject area, but they must also be masters of education as a subject. Another undeniable fact is that neither of those subject areas looks the same as when any teacher first mastered them.

One effect of the integration of technology into our society is that change in almost everything is happening at a pace never before experienced by mankind. As much as some people may yearn for the simpler times of the past, life will continue to move forward as the natural order of society requires.

The influence of additional information on any subject often affects how we deal with that subject. Once we had more information on the effects of smoking, smoking habits of millions of people changed. Once we learned what we now understand about the benefits of physical activity, several sports related industries were spawned. Once we learned what we now know of communication, music and print industries disappeared while being replaced with better in many ways.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 24, 12:14 PM
Great article. Worth a read. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 2:39 PM
All of today's(and tomorrow's) teachers have to have and use a full technological toolbox. Technology expertise should be required as much as content and pedagogy skills.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: New Visual on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for iPad

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: New Visual on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for iPad | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

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Beyond BB-8: How the Sphero is helping students with autism learn

Beyond BB-8: How the Sphero is helping students with autism learn | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
It may be best known for the BB-8, but Sphero's robotic toys have uses well beyond Star Wars.

Aspect Hunter School in Sydney, Australia is a school for children on the autism spectrum. The school is attended by 130 kids, beginning at age four, as well as around 30 Spheros.

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Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Back in 2014 I created my first periodic table of iPad apps. Little did I realise how popular it would be with more than 7 million downloads in those two years. As with most things to do with techn…

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Let’s Get Digitally Physical: Technology in Gym Class

Let’s Get Digitally Physical: Technology in Gym Class | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Gym class clearly plays an integral role in student fitness and education, but how do educators keep P.E. engaging? Here are some tech tools that can help.
The post Let’s Get Digitally Physical: Technology in Gym Class appeared first on Edudemic.
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Hands-on with Apple's iOS 10 at WWDC

Hands-on with Apple's iOS 10 at WWDC | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
iOS 10 won't be out until the fall, but Apple has released the first preview for developers. Regular users will be able to install a beta later this summer. I got to load up the preview version on one of my test devices and take it for a spin. 

I have to say, I'm impressed with how much feels new in iOS 10. Visually, there are a ton of enhancements.

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List of iOS 10 Compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Models [Updated]

List of iOS 10 Compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Models [Updated] | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Apple today announced iOS 10, the next major version of its mobile operating system. The software update is compatible with most iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 9, with exceptions including the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and 3, original iPad mini, and fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Benefits of Making with LEGOs for Those With Autism » MakerBridge

Benefits of Making with LEGOs for Those With Autism » MakerBridge | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
My Making in Michigan Libraries team has been talking a lot about the importance of purposefulness when bringing maker tools and materials into a space. It’s so easy to just buy stuff and let patrons and students loose … but without a purpose, which leads to a consistent “elevator speech” or narrative, making and building and constructing can seem like a gimmick. And if we believe in the power of what we do, then we want it to be sustainable and not a fad. (A similar challenge is that sometimes we know why we’ve acquired an activity’s materials or tools but just don’t articulate it.)

So I was interested to see “LEGO-Based Therapy: How Colourful Bricks Are Helping Kids with Autism Improve Their Social Skills” pop up in Flipboard.

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These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading

These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
What works when you teach reading? These 18 teaching practices have been shown effective by reading researchers. Some are for beginning…

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 16, 10:12 AM
No disagreement from me, 1-18.
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Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius

Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
A few months ago, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced a bold new initiative that aims to bring computer science to K-12 education and make computer programming a basic skill for all students.  The implications of this development can be staggering: STEAM will become much more widespread.  Soon, teachers around the country will teach students computational thinking, looping, conditional statements, and other high order programming concepts.

There are several tools and platforms teachers can use to accomplish this goal.  These tools range from web platforms, to robots, to manipulatives teachers can use to teach coding.  Some are more powerful than others, and offer different gains, expertise, and rewards, but they all have a place in the classroom. 

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Using Book Creator to author mathematics -ltextboojs

Using Book Creator to author mathematics -ltextboojs | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Most textbooks just don't cover all the unusual ways and methods we use to learn. So why not write these textbooks ourselves?
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Customize Background Scenes in Storyboard That Frames

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Customize Background Scenes in Storyboard That Frames | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
How to Customize Background Scenes in Storyboard That Frames: Earlier this week Storyboa... https://t.co/oVc78OhAHA via @rmbyrne #edtech
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