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8 iPad Camera Integration Ideas for 1:1 Classrooms - Getting Smart

8 iPad Camera Integration Ideas for 1:1 Classrooms - Getting Smart | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Teachers who are a bit nervous about a 1:1 iPad implementation can get started by using the iPad camera to capture learning as it happens.

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Our students have a sound recorder, camera and video camera at their disposal. Make sure you remember this when planing a lesson. Here are some ideas for the camera in your classroom.

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Cori Araza's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:42 AM

One of the most utilized apps on the iPad for retelling and summarizing.

Gary Woolley's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:57 AM

Good ideas about getting started with the iPad.

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The magic of Fibonacci numbers

The magic of Fibonacci numbers | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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I know the maths dept have been using lots of video in their classes but they must be getting sick of Mr Herbert et al gracing the screens of their iPads.  How about a change! TED can provide just that.  Here's one for the maths classroom but search the site for some great stimulus material.  When done go to TEDEd and have a look how you can set up a classroom exercise with questions and other support material for your classroom on a myriad of subjects.

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Video Analysis & Sports Coaching App | Ubersense HPE or Science

Ubersense is the best mobile app for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch that helps athletes and coaches raise their game, using video and collaboration.
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A number of PE staff have asked about videoing students or using video to analyse sporting skills etc and the result was usually with complex desktop siftware or expensive apps for ipads.  This app looks good since it is free and looks to have the sorts of features needed by staff.  Worth a look.  Let me know what you think.  

As a slow mo camera app it may also be used in science to record events and replay in slow mo.  Hey!  Clever!

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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Like Rewordify, I think Newsela is worth a look as well.  Some teachers are using it already with great success.  (Olivia, Katrina, Nick)  It provides access to a current affair styled site that you can alter the level of text to suit various readers.  It provides a comprehension test as well if required.  It uses a lexile rating and further onfo about lexiles can be found at www.mylexile.com.au

This also provides a great tool for differentiation.  You can assign to a class and collect the quiz scores as well have their scores interpreted against criteria.  An essential tool for all REP classes, just ask Olivia for further help.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:33 PM

This site is proving very popular with a number of busy teachers as a tool to help differentiate reading tasks for students.  Once the class is set up a teacher can gather news articles (very American but ok) and deliver them to the class via class code, and then the reading levels can be altered based on lexiles.  To find more info about lexiles go to www.mylexile.com.au

A comprehension quiz can be used if you want and scores compared to the class and against comprehension criteria.  This site is definitely worth a look.

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: EdTechPalooza 2013 - The Definitive App Smasher's Guide

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: EdTechPalooza 2013 - The Definitive App Smasher's Guide | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"Description: Avoid succumbing to content app frenzy, instead center your use of iPads to create projects that allow for "app smashing." In this session, learn how you can blend the creations from one or more apps into incredibly fun creations. Get a free copy of iBook, "The Definitive App Smasher's Guide."  "


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Learning how to be use the iPad to CREATE information is eyemely important for you and your students.  Being able to shift information and ideas from one app to another gives you the power to be very creative and allows students to express their understanding in many ways.  Explore this article for ideas.

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I Flip, You Flip, We All Flip

I Flip, You Flip, We All Flip | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
So you want to flip your class? In this how to video I explain the idea behind flipping, some things to think about as you begin and some concrete steps to g...

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Some ideas about flipping. There are various degrees of flipping and you can start small and flip quite successfully, with good results.  

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Phil Turner's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:07 PM

Basic but thorough grouding in the how?

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This video not only provides an explantion of flipping and how to begin this process it also provides great resources (if you click on the Show More button under the description). There you will find links to four "great content curators" (these sites have content across many subject areas) as well as links to educational content creators (more focused on a specific area)  and a variety of websites that tend to post daily and you may want to subscribe to. The video also provides you with a "tutorial" of how to create a video if you want to flip your class. Thanks to Keith Hughes and HipHughesHistory to providing this wonderful resource!

Mary Anne Parrish's curator insight, July 16, 4:49 PM

This teacher has it going on!  Very entertaining and full of fantastic information and tips for the beginning flipper!

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Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy – More Than English: Teaching Language and Content

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy – More Than English: Teaching Language and Content | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Blooms Taxonomy is a framework that we will be looking at further.  Here are some great resources to get started.

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: iPadifying the Writing Workshop #iPad #iPaded #edtech #writing

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: iPadifying the Writing Workshop #iPad #iPaded #edtech #writing | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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One focus for the coming term is using the iPad as a literacy tool and evaluating the impact the ipad is having on student writing. This article will be of interest to English teachers in particular but to all of us who work with students and their writing.
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A Comprehensive List of Apps and Tools to Flip your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive List of Apps and Tools to Flip your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
A flipped classroom is sometimes the best teaching/learning model some teachers have to use with their students. The use of technology in a flipped classroom should never be regarded as a supplicant of the teacher but only a complimentary element that increases students learning outcomes. I have talked a lot and in more details about the flipped classroom and have also devoted an entire section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for tutorials, guides, and presentations on the use of a flipped learning methodology
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100 Free Writing Prompts for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

100 Free Writing Prompts for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
"Are you running short of writing prompts? Here is a great iPad app called Things to Think About which has all kinds of writing prompts your students might need."
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Writing prompts, story starters... whatever. If it helps with writers block or provides some ideas then it's worth a look.
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5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class

5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ via Edudemic “Ms. Clark, when are we going to do that again?” Nothing makes me happier as an educator than hearing those words – and lately, I have been hearing them a lot! It is not the q...”
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Collaboration is the other plank in the current digital technology platform. It is an area that we are yet to explore. This may give you some ideas......
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Google Drive Blog: Freeing Quickoffice for everyone

Google Drive Blog: Freeing Quickoffice for everyone | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly withGoogle Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere. And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet."


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For those who need an MSOffice connection, this may be one possibility.  Haven't looked at it yet but will attempt to look into this option and report back to you.  Otherwise check it out for yourself.

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Humberto Manuel Salinas's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:42 PM

Hurray for open source programming and social media!

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, September 21, 2013 6:46 AM

this is wonderful, more options for students to work collaboratively.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 21, 2013 9:16 PM

I just added this to my ASUS Padfone. Thank you for the update.

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StudentCreated.TV on edshelf

StudentCreated.TV on edshelf | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about StudentCreated.TV
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Moving on from the MathsTrain idea.  This could be the start of a student run TV channel that could be broadcast to the school each week.  What a great idea!

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What are stem cells? - Craig A. Kohn

What are stem cells? - Craig A. Kohn | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Is personalized medicine for individual bodies in our future? Possibly -- with the use of stem cells, undifferentiated cells with the power to become any tissue in our bodies. Craig A.
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Here's a lesson from TEDed.  Notice how you can set up the learning experience to get students to think and respond to the material.  You will need some initial setup but his is a great way to get started into the world of the flipped classroom.  Need some help? Come and see me and we can explore the possibilities.

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Extensive Garageband iPad Tutorial - iPadable

Extensive Garageband iPad Tutorial - iPadable | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
In this post we have tried to collect all the tips, sources, tweaks, methods and much more to help you comprehensively use GarageBand for iPad.

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Musicians or just interested in recording sounds or voice for podcasting, learning to use GBand is well worth the effort.

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Linn Österås's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:30 AM

Bra tips för att använda Garageband;)

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Fotopedia Reporter - Featured

Fotopedia Reporter - Featured | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Fotopedia Reporter, we're all reporters.


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Could be a useful resource.  Japanese section would be useful for cultural program and other subjects such as Science could use the Science focus articles.  The "Everyone is a Reporter" aspect could be adapted for real world writing but it would need to be set up and explored for student suitability.

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 24, 2013 6:30 PM

Neat tool students can use to create photo journals, photo news stories etc. There is a wide variety of ways to add pictures including instagram, Dropbox, Evernote, Picassa, your computer, and many more. Easy to use. Add your own title and text for photos added. Sign up with email address, twitter or facebook. They also have a great free app for iPhone and iPad 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:43 AM

It is, indeed! A catchy way to enhance narrative and descriptive writing

Mary A. Axford's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:15 AM

Some great visuals... might indeed be useful for student assignments.

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Rewordify.com | An amazing tool for all students. Make the most of internet research.

Rewordify.com | An amazing tool for all students. Make the most of internet research. | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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I brought this site to your attention last term and I think it is such an important site I have reproduced the details here.  

If there is one site that you use in your classroom then it is this one. So many of our students drift through the websites we send them to for research and strugge with much of the content, particularly the text.  Here is an easy way of differentiating for all students and creating an environment for success.  Teach your students to create a Home Button for this site so they can access at any time.  There are so many features at this site that can be use in your classroom that this site is just about mandatory for us all.  Flash cards, quizzes, word lists, Rewordify a whole web site and place the link in Schoology for the class to use, determine the reading level of a site before recommending to the class.  This site is a must!

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:54 PM

ReWordify should be one of the tools you direct your students to every day.  It translates the words used from any text or web site into more easily understood language for the struggling reader or any reader for that matter.  Easily configurable with lots of options.  It even creates word lists and flash cards for later follow up with the new or alternate words used during the session.

Why not create a Home Button on the ipad so that students can get to ReWordify easily.  Check out this amazing and essential tool for all your students.

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Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers

Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Finding educational content in the web is no big deal- but managing it, is.
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The tool that I use to gather all these articles for us to read is called Scoopit. If this looks like something you could use then go for it.  Gather articles for your classes to read and share the link via email or on Schoology.  Or gather articles and classroom ideas for your colleagues and get into the habit of sharing. There is so much out there that we need to all sift it and share the wheat and leave the chaff behind.  

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The Teachers' Guide to Mind Mapping | MindMeister Blog

The Teachers' Guide to Mind Mapping | MindMeister Blog | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Note: Uses and benefits mentioned in this post are partially based on ideas from Anthony Valentin, a World History teacher at New York City’s famed Stuyvesant
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Students have access to a mind mapping tool on their iPads.  Do you use it in your classroom?

This article may get you started.

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Intro to 6 Actions to iPadify the Writer's Process #iPad #Writing #edtech

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Intro to 6 Actions to iPadify the Writer's Process #iPad #Writing #edtech | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Read this in conjunction with the article that follows....Remember a focus for term 4 will be the impact the iPad is having on student writing and strategies to support their writing when using the device.

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Five Studies to Prove the iPad’s Educational Worth | KiteReaders eBooks & book apps

Five Studies to Prove the iPad’s Educational Worth | KiteReaders eBooks & book apps | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
With the latest advancement in technology, an increasing number of schools and learning facilities have sought the aid of mobile devices for different uses in the classroom. Together with the ongoing upgrades of these devices and their operating systems, teaching with iPads in hand is proven to be an effective method in this age of visual media. However, some are still not convinced about this ‘trend.’ Traditionalists would argue that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning, arguing that a student-teacher relationship is far more valuable than any technological advancement. However, research proves it differently otherwise.
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Bring schools to life with Aurasma app

Bring schools to life with Aurasma app | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ The Magic of Bringing Information to life. I'm assuming you've seen at least one of the eight Harry Potter films. In the films, one everyday magical experience is that photos are always moving as i...”
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Augmented Reality apps are creating a real buzz in the classroom. What are they and what can they bring to the classroom. This is a start.
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A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

"Pad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students."
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The way we use the iPad in our classes will be individual but observations and ideas from other teachers will enhance our understanding of the place the device and technology have in the modern classroom. It is important that you read widely about the experiences of other teachers and the articles that I have been selecting are to give you a broad range of ideas and strategies that May interest you. If you glean one small snippet of advice then the exercise has been worth it! Good learning.
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iOS 7 on an iPad 2: First impressions

iOS 7 on an iPad 2: First impressions | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"Shorty after Apple released iOS 7, we began hearing reports that it's buggy on the iPad 2. Everything from crashing apps to general wonkiness seemed to be troubling some users. With that in mind, I updated my own iPad 2 to iOS 7 try it out. Here are my first impressions of Apple's new mobile operating system on an older piece of hardware."


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A read for ipad2 users.

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Six Principles of Effective e-Learning: What Works and Why by Ruth Clark : Learning Solutions Magazine

Six Principles of Effective e-Learning: What Works and Why by Ruth  Clark : Learning Solutions Magazine | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"For the past ten years, Richard Mayer and his colleagues at the University of California at Santa Barbara have conducted a series of controlled experiments on how to best use audio, text, and graphics to optimize learning in multimedia. Six media element principles can be defined based on Mayer’s work. What follows is a summary of these principles along with supporting examples, psychological rationale, and research."


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A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, September 19, 2013 5:59 PM

I like these principles (and I like that there is some research to establish why they work)

Phil Turner's curator insight, September 19, 2013 7:00 PM

Not enough references, and not direct references, which is what my "yet to be convinced" colleagues are looking for ... but the principles are logical and probably good starting points for a bit of further reading and discussion in development workshops for professional development of higher ed teachers

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 1:13 PM

Take any e-Lesson — show it to five people and ask them what they think. My bet is you will get five different opinions about the quality of the courseware. But, wait! What if the five reviewers are educational “experts” — specialists with advanced degrees in training and education? Now you might expect a greater consensus. Based on my experience over the past three years reviewing courses with experts, I predict a little more agreement; but it’s not likely to be anything close to a consensus.