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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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7 Tech Tips for Your Next Read Aloud - Class Tech Tips

7 Tech Tips for Your Next Read Aloud - Class Tech Tips | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Use technology tools to energize your next read aloud! These must-try tips will change the way you think about this essential literacy practice.
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16 Habits of Mind

16 Habits of Mind | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

This site aims to provide students and teachers with information and ideas to assist them apply the Habits of Mind. Each of the sixteen habits is presented along with information on when to use each habit and strategies to make the process easy. Each page includes a short video that demonstrates the Habit of Mind and could be used as a starting point for discussion.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 5, 7:42 AM
This can be incorporated into a 21 Century metacognitive learning strategy.
Laurie Halt's curator insight, June 5, 2:20 PM

Excellent Resource

 

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40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students

40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Looks like this mobile learning thing might actually take off, eh?

Just as we recently looked specifically at some of the best educational apps for iPad, now we give some love specifically to elementary students (and teachers) who have devices and want to separate the digital wheat from the digital chaff.

The following listly collection is an excellent starting point for elementary teachers looking for elementary apps for elementary students in the most elementary way possible: a collection of 38 possibilities. This is a diverse collection of apps, from games to digital media software to math and literacy apps.

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Osmo Turns Blocks Into Code to Teach Kids Programming

Osmo Turns Blocks Into Code to Teach Kids Programming | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Osmo's latest iPad game lets kids use modular, magnetic blocks to create sets of executable instructions.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Last night I watched the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A recap of the finals is available on the Associated Press YouTube channel. Like many others who watched the finals, I have to admit that there were some new-to-me words in the final rounds. That reminded me that I have a bunch of sites and apps in my archives that can help students learn new vocabulary words and practice spelling new words.

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Osmo | Play Beyond The Screen

Osmo’s groundbreaking system fosters social intelligence and creative thinking by opening up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play.
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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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20 Free Educational Tools: Videos, Guides, and Printables!

20 Free Educational Tools: Videos, Guides, and Printables! | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Enjoy this list of 20 free educational tools for teachers. Educators everywhere can find free teaching resources for all subjects and grade levels!

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Lihi Telem's curator insight, June 2, 1:57 AM
מבחר כלים דיגיטליים חינמיים להוראה בכל הגילאים ובתחומי דעת שונים
Jamie Edwards (IDS)'s curator insight, June 3, 8:34 AM
The iRubrics by rcampus.com was particularly interesting. I will pass it on to instructors for rubric ideas.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 10, 3:40 PM
Some helpful tools here. 
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9 Incredibly Useful LEGO Hacks

From Charging your phone to starting an indoor Garden: Here are 9 extremely useful LEGO Hacks for you to use around the house! Check out Audible For Free

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Outwhiz | motivate kids to study

Outwhiz | motivate kids to study | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
No more paying for worksheets. Enjoy exercises from over 200+ topics in Math and English, aligned with kindergarten to grade 8 curriculum standards.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 29, 12:41 AM

Potentially interesting free mobile appfor kids.

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Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post

Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Ask your 5-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say an astronaut or teacher, chef or engineer. Maybe she wants to run a flower shop.

But what if she said: I don’t know! What I want to be doesn’t exist yet?

She’d be right. A Department of Labor statistic indicates that 65% of school-age children today will grow up to have jobs that do not yet exist. That idea can be unsettling for a parent — or it can be exciting, if you know you can help get her ready for a future that we can only begin to imagine.

As part of that preparation, parents are starting to hear about a new education framework called 21st Century Learning, which intertwines disciplines to get kids to approach problems and concepts in different ways.

The basics — foundational literacies like language skills, mathematics, science, social studies, all of those things that kids have learned in school for eons — remain absolutely vital. The 21st Century Learning framework layers on top of these some new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems, and new ways of working together.

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VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations

VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.

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