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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.

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Mathtrain.TV on edshelf

Mathtrain.TV on edshelf | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about Mathtrain.TV
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Here's on idea for the classroom. Maybe our kids could make their own maths videos. Nothing better for working out whether you understand something.

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Homepage - ReadWriteThink

Homepage - ReadWriteThink | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.”
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There may be some gems in here for the literacy or English classroom.
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How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios - Edudemic

How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios - Edudemic | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ As iPads proliferate in schools around the world, and students as well as teachers create more and more content, questions about what to do with all of those learning objects have arisen.”
Via John Evans, reuvenwerber
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We have discussed the need to look into portfolios for student work. Here are a couple of ideas for anyone wanting to make a start. Both these apps area free and students already have a Google Drive account. If a teacher has a google account then they also have a Google Drive account to experiment with portfolios. Need any help getting started or with the ideas in this article then give me a call.
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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ Scientific research has shown us ways to get the learning juices flowing. Here are six ways to motivate students to learn.”
Via Dr Peter Carey
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Worth thinking about........
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: blooms taxonomy

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: blooms taxonomy | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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In our excitement about getting on with using the iPad we must not forget why we are using ipads.  what we need to keep at the forefront of our thinking is the underlying pedagogy when using iPads.  Blooms taxonomy gives us a great reference point when planning our curriculum. The following articles are a collection of resources around the thinking of bloom and others who have refined it for today's digital world.  we will be doing more with Blooms Taxonomy but this is a great place to start and help you plan for iPad use

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Remove Any Image Background and Create a Perfect Silhouette in Minutes: ClippingMagic

Remove Any Image Background and Create a Perfect Silhouette in Minutes: ClippingMagic | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Deborah Welsh
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Ever needed to get rid of annoying background from an image so you can post it to a worksheet, PPoint slide etc? This new site may be able to help the process. This is a very useful tool and would be worth Bookmarking.
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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."
Via John Evans
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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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Word Mover - ReadWriteThink

Word Mover - ReadWriteThink | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.
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Looking for an app for the English classroom? Want some fun with words? Check this app out. 

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Promoting Literacy for Teens on Mobile Devices

“find resources at http://bit.ly/mlearningLINKS”;
Via Manuel F. Lara
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Lots of ideas for promoting literacy. This is a slide presentation but the ideas embedded may be a spark to try a new idea in your classroom. I wouldn't suggest the texting ideas with phones but the iPad could be a good substitute.
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16 Free Science Apps You Must Download Now! From edshelf

16 Free Science Apps You Must Download Now! From edshelf | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
A collection of free, teacher-approved science apps for the iPad, such as NOVA Elements, Sugar Shake, goREACT, PhET Interactive Simulations, etc.
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Some free science resources that may be worth a look.

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Apple to make iWork, iLife apps free to new iOS customers | Macworld

Apple to make iWork, iLife apps free to new iOS customers | Macworld | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
“ Apple is mixing business with pleasure, and turning them into a great gift for buyers of its new mobile hardware.”
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This will make a big difference to our app list with new students and our staff iPads next year. $20+ in value.
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iPad Lessons

iPad Lessons | iPads in the Classroom | Scoop.it
If you would like more iPad resources, visit my blog www.techchef4u.com, download the TechChef4u app, or find all things TechChef4u at www.techchef4u.com
Also check out the new TechChef4u FB!
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Pinterest is another site that people curate items as well.  This one has lots of lessons where the iPad an be used and is good for ideas 

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