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Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback

Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
My role during the week was to explore with the teachers how to provide literacy support for those students experiencing difficulties with reading and writing in English, using iPads recently purchased by the school.
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I have advocated the use of Book Creator app to many staff and this approach by Greg should be read with interest.   Also mentioned is an app called Readability Score ($3) that allows you to assess the readability and appropriateness of reading material you wish to use with your students.  This approach to supporting literacy in you class can easily be adapted.  The ReadWrite app mentioned is similar to the app we are trialling next term with a couple of classes that uses text prediction and reads back the students writing for them to edit.  Stay tuned to how effective it is with student editing.


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Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. Here are 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.”
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Resources

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This is American but there are some good resources for writing, bullying, social media and in particular some classroom management ideas such as Brain Breaks for creating breaks in class that your stuents might enjoy but also keep the room interesting and lessen the need for letting them "play games" for their break.  

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Free Technology for Teachers: Free Collaborative Video Creation with iPads

Free Technology for Teachers: Free Collaborative Video Creation with iPads | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Via WebTeachers
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One of the main problems with iPads and video is the sharing aspect with the teacher when all the work is done.  This solution is worth a look and offers a way forward.  The trick is to keep video to small segments rather than one large video when dealing with students submissions.  Theory suggests that 7 minutes is about what most students will cope with as far as concentration and retention are concerned.  

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John Rudkin's curator insight, March 21, 10:18 AM

.....or contact me.  See http://www.Lancashire-regional.tv

Bridget Bengtson's curator insight, March 21, 11:05 AM

This is a fantastic tool for engaging anyone with picture or video for behavioral feedback, or for social stories and language development.  Very easy to operate and free.  Social stories for kids are a snap.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 12:16 PM

This is a guest post from Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher.org, an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers. 

Publishing student video that is created with iPads can be a challenging process, especially with younger students. Even schools that are Google Apps typically decide to turn off YouTube uploads to the student accounts. However, with the use of a handful of free applications, students can create video content on iPad, share their creation with a teacher, and then have the teacher upload to their YouTube channel or a class YouTube channel. 

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ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Similar to Newsela this site provides heaps of resources around literacy and reading comprehension.  Needs reviewing to see what it has to offer but when differentiating this material may prove invaluable.  Let me know what you think. 

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Awesome Digital Mash Up Tools for Creating Digital Learning Content

Awesome Digital Mash Up Tools for Creating Digital Learning Content | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Creating digital learning content has never been easier. In these pages you'll find eleven tools that make it fun to bring together different types of digital media - text, images, audio, video - to "mash up" your own online learning materials.

Via Baiba Svenca
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To create your own digital content is a big step but not one out of reach for any of us.  These tools allow you to create resources for online use in the classroom OR give you an idea of what is possible.  Investigate some of the possibilities and then discuss with me and we'll see what can be done with a little thought and planning.

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Luz dela Luz's curator insight, January 3, 10:48 AM

Love this one too. So informative.

Don Karp's curator insight, January 5, 10:55 AM

Lots o software here to consider.

Anisa Dedej's curator insight, January 18, 5:42 AM

La creazione di contenuti digitali didattici non è mai stato così facile. In queste pagine troverai undici strumenti che rendono divertente per riunire i diversi tipi di media digitali - testi, immagini, audio, video - a "mash up" i propri materiali didattici on-line.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process? Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t”
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"Providing written feedback at the culmination of a writing project is like doing an autopsy -- it's deconstructing a dead document!" -- Samantha Morra (@sammorra) What a great statement to begin discussion about the writing process. This article brings together some of the ideas that we will be exploring next year as we refine our use of the iPad in the classroom. We are going to trail some new literacy tools that focus on getting students to be better editors of their own written work as a beginning. Please read this as a starting point for conversations next year.
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iPad As....

iPad As.... | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
EdTechTeacher provides professional development services to teachers, schools, districts, and administrators.
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I found this way of searching for apps parrticularly useful when it is linked to what I want to do in the classroom.  This is a useful reference to get started with increasing the quality of ipad use in the classroom.

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10 Web Resources For Learning How To Code - Edudemic

10 Web Resources For Learning How To Code - Edudemic | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
"There’s a serious demand for coders and IT professionals today. A good developer is worth his or her weight in gold. My students are interested in gaming and creating apps, but not enough Rhode Island students graduated with a computer science degree last year to fill increasing demands. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that computer programmers with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn over $71,000, and software developers with a bachelor’s over $90,000. By comparison, entry-level pay for teachers with a bachelors’ is half as much."
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iPads for Education | Education Apps

iPads for Education | Education Apps | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Our pick of education apps and related classroom ideas to support your school's iPad for education program.
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This is the app list from the Victorian DoE.  Worth a look and covers all learning areas.

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Nearpod Content

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Nearpod is an app we have mentioned before. It is like PowerPoint on steroids. It allows you to put together and present information on you iPad that is shared with the students iPads and displayed on the projector If required.   It accepts PowerPoint material so you can re purpose material you currently have and give it a new lift.  Preview some of the examples on this site for more inspiration.

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Don't Implement One-to-One Devices in the Classroom Unless... | CTQ

Don't Implement One-to-One Devices in the Classroom Unless... | CTQ | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Ty found this article and comments and I decided it was important to add it to our reading.  You will notice that these teachers struggle with the same issues we have but many are adapting to the 1:1 model and it takes time.  One comment that I took to heart was the fact that many teachers new to devices want structured lessons on implementation, which is reasonable to expect, but that the best way, and the way the early adopters use, is the jump on board, experiment, be prepared to fail, adapt, change, discuss with the class and eventually come up with a better leson the next time.  

 

But what is important that I would like to stress is the comment about "everyone is engaged, they are looking at their screens, so they must be working" approach adopted by the lazy teacher.  What does that mean?  It means you MUST have a strategy in the classroom for ipad use, you MUST wander the class and monitor student use during the lesson, you MUST manage those students who cannot follow the classroom rules about ipad use (it must be consistent and insistent) and you MUST manage when and how the students use the ipad.  With attention to these aspects you at least have a firm foundation upon which you can then launch into experimenting and trying different learning styles and approaches and delivery methods.

 

Good Learning

Mike

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Great guide to iOS 7 for busy teachers and students

Great guide to iOS 7 for busy teachers and students | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
So, you have just downloaded iOS 7 to your school iPad's and feeling pretty good about the fact you can see all those new icons. Now you can get back using them just as you always did.
Via Dr. Joan McGettigan, EdTechSandyK
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Top 10 iPad Apps to Create Mindmaps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 10 iPad Apps to Create Mindmaps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
"Today I am sharing with you a list of some of the most popular iPad apps to create mind maps. I have got several readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning emailing me asking about these apps. The post below is the most recent collection of curated iPad mind mapping apps. If you are looking for web-based tools to create mind maps , check outthis page."
Via John Evans
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Mind maps should form part of everyone's classroom kit so have a look at some possibles in this article and then ask around the staff at what they have been using. Then have a go yourself at one you think would suit your needs and get started.
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After Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks: 3 Tips for Awesomeness

After Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks: 3 Tips for Awesomeness | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“The most popular talks shared three common attributes.”
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We all do presentations every day. May be some tips in here about our presentations.
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About Teaching with Tablets

About Teaching with Tablets | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This topic is all about the use of mobile devices, in particular tablet computers, in education and teaching. We include articles of interest with regards to all current devices, whether Android-based, iOS-based or whatever, as they can all play a role in education.

 

WebTeachers aims to seek out the most useful and interesting web content for inclusion in this curated topic.

 

To find out more about WebTeachers, please visit our website at: http://www.webteachers.co.uk

Our Ed Tech Report can be found at:

http://paper.li/WebTeachersUK/1372141362

You can follow us on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/webteachersuk

You can also visit our Facebook page:

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Wide reading is important when assessing technology in the classroom.  Add this to your reading list.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, March 24, 7:41 AM

You need to read widely as to what is happening in the world of teaching and tablets.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
"Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else."
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Make the perfect #prezi

Make the perfect #prezi | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Fortunately, Prezi has the tools and features that will help you make a beautiful, zooming presentation twice as fast—so you can spend more time practicing your big speech or shopping for gifts for your second cousins. Take a look at our list of way to save time with your prezi...


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If you haven't seen Prezi or you have and want to know how to go about getting started this might give you the inspiration you need.  Prezi is like PowerPoint on steroids and provides that extra bit of spark to keep the audience awake just a bit longer than PP.

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Luz dela Luz's curator insight, January 3, 10:47 AM

Love this!

Character Minutes's curator insight, January 3, 12:48 PM

Looks like it spells it out just how to use prezi,  May be easier than u think.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 31, 9:38 AM

We have taught many different classes that has a Prezi as the final required product.  The students seem to enjoy using this tool, especially because it is web-based.  It is getting more user-friendly as it gets more attention from mainstream users.  We would love to teach a lesson on Prezi for students or personal use!

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My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids!

My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids! | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week, and this year their big push is to get coding incorporated into school curriculums everywhere. There are lots of reasons why kids should be c...”
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Programming apps for students
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Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback

Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
My role during the week was to explore with the teachers how to provide literacy support for those students experiencing difficulties with reading and writing in English, using iPads recently purchased by the school.
Mike Dilger's insight:

I have advocated the use of Book Creator app to many staff and this approach by Greg should be read with interest.   Also mentioned is an app called Readability Score ($3) that allows you to assess the readability and appropriateness of reading material you wish to use with your students.  This approach to supporting literacy in you class can easily be adapted.  The ReadWrite app mentioned is similar to the app we are trialling next term with a couple of classes that uses text prediction and reads back the students writing for them to edit.  Stay tuned to how effective it is with student editing.


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40 interesting ways to use QR Codes in the classroom

From Tom Barrett's awseome "Interesting ways" project. Thanks Tom!
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Whilst QR codes have been around a while there are some interesting ways to use them in the classroom to provide that extra bit of interest or intrigue.  One obvious way is to provide a quick and easy transition to a web page from a printed document where the students don't have to type the long URL just scan with their ipad and they are taken to the site.  All from your printed notes.  This is just one example that will make you look as though you are comfortable in this digital world our students inhabit.

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iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds - National Geographic Daily News

iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds - National Geographic Daily News | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ The power of iPads and other tablets can help students learn concepts of enormous scale, like the size of the solar system, that traditional methods struggle to teach.”
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Thought for Food - Hungry Teacher

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This site offers free maths resources and in their own words... 

"Real-world math activities that promote student engagement, collaboration, & problem-solving with your students."

Sounds promising with associated resources including powerpoint files to support the inquiry.  Might be worth a look.

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Geography iPad Apps – Top 10 by @ukedchat | Diigo

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With geography taking a higher profile of late then these apps may offer something of interest for teachers of the subject.

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The iPad Toolkit for Learning?

The iPad Toolkit for Learning? | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
THE STARTING POINT? It is interesting to reflect how this simplification of iPad key tools has changed in a relatively short space of time. iWork suite aside, you could purchase the above apps for ...
Via EdTechSandyK
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I became interested in this blog because he appears to be using all the same apps that I have encouraged teachers to use. I want to now follow this blog to compare my thinking with another teacher in order to see if I'm on the right track. Have a read and see if we are making the same sort of connections.
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iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Computer Science

iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Computer Science | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
As part of the new primary curriculum for ICT, there is a significant emphasis on computer science. Below I've included what the children should be taught and a selection of apps which can be used in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
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The AC requires us to teach computational thinking and therefore some form of programming to all students from primary onwards. This site will provide some background in getting started in primary schools and some ground work that may need to be covered in high school.
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