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Why The Drawing & Sketching App Paper Won Apple’s iPad App For 2012

Why The Drawing & Sketching App Paper Won Apple’s iPad App For 2012 | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The sketch and drawing app, Paper, recently won Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year Award, and it is very easy to see why.
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An excellent app with so many educational possibilities. Plus, as always, free is in the budget!

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Photography Inspired Writing: Using iOS Photography to Inspire Struggling Writers

Photography Inspired Writing: Using iOS Photography to Inspire Struggling Writers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download Photography Inspired Writing: Using iOS Photography to Inspire Struggling Writers by James Harmon with iBooks.
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Thrilled that my multi-touch book, "Photography Inspired Writing: Using iOS Photography to inspire Struggling Writers", is now available on iBooks as part of The Apple Distinguished Educators' "One Best Thing" collection. I am fortunate to be included in such a great group of advocates for educational change. Please help me get the word out to English/language arts teachers out there by sharing this post. The book is available for download on your iPad or Mac.

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The History 2.0 Classroom: iPad Hieroglyphics

The History 2.0 Classroom: iPad Hieroglyphics | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Over the past few years I have facilitated a number of iPad workshops with teachers from across the country.  One observation that I have made is that when anyone (not just teachers) are new to iPads (or any device), they have a difficult time deciphering the meaning of the icons that appear consistently throughout apps. 


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Brilliant resource! Wish I'd thought of it, but grateful to have it!

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Award-Winning Educator Taps Technology to Layer Instruction

Award-Winning Educator Taps Technology to Layer Instruction | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
English teacher Diana Neebe helped create her school's 1-to-1 iPad curriculum. Along the way, she reconceptualized English class.
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Excellent use of instructional design to improve delivery of lessons in a differentiated model using 1:1 iPads.

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K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy - Edutopia

K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy - Edutopia | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"In this six-part series, I will highlight apps useful for developing higher order thinking skills in grades K-5 classrooms. Each list will highlight a few apps that connect to the various stages on Bloom's continuum of learning. Given the size and current exponential growth of the app market, I will also assist educators in setting criteria necessary to identify apps that maintain the integrity of teaching for thinking."

 

 

Part One:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-diane-darrow

 

Part Two:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-understanding-diane-darrow

 

Part Three:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-applying-diane-darrow

 

Part Four:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-analyzing-diane-darrow

 

Part Five:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-evaluating-evaluation-diane-darrow

 

Part Six: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-creating-diane-darrow

 


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Shonda Brisco's curator insight, June 21, 2:55 PM
Great information!
Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, June 21, 6:23 PM

This looks like a great series - I reviewed a few of the posts and they are very well organized. Each one provides a summary review of a component of Bloom's Taxonomy and an explanation of connections with apps. Then there are specific examples of apps provided. A great resource for diversifying your instruction.

Manuela Garcìa's curator insight, June 24, 6:18 PM

La revisión de este material facilitará la elaboración de la Secuencia Didáctica.  No hay duda que la taxonomía de Bloom sigue vigente

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis

 

"As hall of fame baseball player, Babe Ruth said, “Yesterday’s home runs won’t win tomorrow’s games.” To level up writing, we need to take advantage of the out-of-the park features and capabilities that social media inspired concepts give writing instruction.

 

"Most of us know how it feels to write an exciting Facebook status update or a powerful tweet. Without delay, we know the impact of our words as they are retweeted, commented on, and liked (or ignored.) With this in mind, it stands to reason that students want a response too. Paper essays that are only seen by the teacher with a wastebasket as their final destiny are a needless waste of time and potential. Writing can be so much more exciting and it isn’t that hard to do.

 

"Notably, social media is impacting writing in the classroom in ten powerful ways. You don’t have to be on social media (or even like it)  to feel the lift social media concepts can give writing in your classroom, as I share in my new book  Reinventing Writing released just this month."


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Using SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy to integrate iPads into the classroom

Using SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy to integrate iPads into the classroom | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

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iPad apps and integrating Bloom's taxonomy.

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This is one of the best tutorial guides I have seen designed for QR code creation and how it is based on the SAMR framework. 

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iPad into the classroom

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Mini-U: Tongue-twisters - Great App to Support Kids Reading Skills

Mini-U: Tongue-twisters - Great App to Support Kids Reading Skills | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Best apps for Kids Reading skills - Tongue Twisters can be great fun for the whole family and especially great to help kids increase their memory, pronunciation and mental reasoning etc.
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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
May 30, 2014
Good writing is all about clarity of the communicative intent. This clarity is materialized through the appropriate use of a set of elements including: good grammar, fewer or no spelling...
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Google splits up Drive app, requires standalone apps to edit documents

Google splits up Drive app, requires standalone apps to edit documents | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Google Drive users: the latest update to the mobile app may not please you. In a new version of the app — recently released for iOS and coming soon to Android — Google has removed the ability to...
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Hoping this means  dedicated drive app is more uder friendly towards collaborative editing on mobile platforms...

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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.
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This quote says it all: "Revolutionary inventions are not about the invention itself, but what the invention gives use the ability to do. A truly revolutionary invention should, in time, become invisible. No longer is it viewed as something special, yet its effects are far reaching. "

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APPied Poetry: Creating and Publishing Multimedia Poetry

APPied Poetry: Creating and Publishing Multimedia Poetry | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Learn to engage students in creative poetry enhanced and shared with iOS apps. This One Best Thing will explore quality integration of apps and use of tools to extend the audience in the poetry writing and publishing process for students of all ages.

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ADE Karen Bosch shares her secrets for engaging children in poetry with the iPad.

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Poetry on iPads

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iPad Enhanced Reading Interventions: Developing Adolescent Readers

iPad Enhanced Reading Interventions: Developing Adolescent Readers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download iPad Enhanced Reading Interventions: Developing Adolescent Readers by Jeanne Halderson with iBooks.
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Another English/language arts book available on iBooks as part of the "One Best Thing" collection from Apple Distinguished Educators.

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Reading Interventions

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iMovie for iPad - Storyboard help sheets for trailers

iMovie for iPad - Storyboard help sheets for trailers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
CC Jonathan Kos-Read via Compfight I did a quick search, delving a few pages deep in the results, but couldn't find what I wanted. I thought that it would be useful if a trailer could be planned in...
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Alphabet Organizer - Create Alphabet Books on Your iPad - iPad Apps for School

Alphabet Organizer - Create Alphabet Books on Your iPad - iPad Apps for School | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"Alphabet Organizer is a free iPad app offered by Read Write Think. The app is designed to help students learn the alphabet and learn new words."


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Fantastic way to have kids learn by generating their own texts and making more meaning for themselves.

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iPads may help boost speaking skills in kids with autism: study

iPads may help boost speaking skills in kids with autism: study | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests.
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"The idea of technology being used to help children who really need different approaches is so important," she said. It's crucial, however, she agreed, to understand that the iPad "was simply a tool" and that it was an adjunct to the traditional interventions that aimed to improve communication and other developmental advances.

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5 stunning tips that will make you an iTunes master

5 stunning tips that will make you an iTunes master | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The native iTunes application offers many features and controls for handling your songs and movies, but sometimes it can seem too overwhelming to understand. In today’s video, we give you five quick tips that will help you master iTunes.
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10 Powerful iPad Apps For English And History - Edudemic

10 Powerful iPad Apps For English And History - Edudemic | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"When I first started teaching English with 1:1 iPads, I was really jealous of the science and fine arts teachers. They had all of the most engaging apps, and I was left with a lowly word processor and an instant thesaurus.

 

Fortunately, so much has changed. I now have the flexibility to duck in and out of my students’ papers as they write and leave them comments on drafts in progress. I have the resources to connect them with a real-world network of readers who authentically guide them to books they will enjoy through reviews and ratings. "


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English 1:1 with iPad - provide feedback to students as they write their drafts

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Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools

Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is starting to send out letters soliciting applications for its portion of larger White House initiative to improve the connectivity and technology in schools.
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Grants for iPads!? Yes, please!

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Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Creating State-Wide Electronic Book Delivery System

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Creating State-Wide Electronic Book Delivery System | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy signed the bill into law yesterday.
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10 Best Book Apps for Kids Gone Free for #AppFriday May 30!

10 Best Book Apps for Kids Gone Free for #AppFriday May 30! | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
10 great storybook apps for your weekend … or to add to your library for the summer holidays!
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Share iPad-created eBook with DropBox

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Share iPad-created eBook with DropBox | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Students in my “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Part 2″ course this semester (offered through Montana CSPD and the University of Montana) have learned how to create enhanced eBooks on their iPads using the fantastic app, “Book Creator” by Red Jumper. In this post, I’ll describe how you can share an eBook created with Book Creator via a free DropBox account and the DropBox app, along with a free KidBlog website and the KidBlog app for iPad. The KidBlog and DropBox apps are free. Book Creator has a free app which allows users to create 1 eBook, the commercial version is $5 and allows unlimited numbers of eBooks to be created. Apple Volume Purchase Plan (VPP) discounts are available for Book Creator.

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Wes's "Speed of Creativity" blog is highly recommended reading in Ed Tech/Literacy instruction.

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mkostur's curator insight, May 16, 11:17 AM

www.speedofcreativity.org contains great instruction for teachers

 

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App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic

App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple. Workflow is king and the easier it is …
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Great ideas to mix it up when the same old thing gets stale...

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Explain Everything: Formative Assessment and Screencasting

Explain Everything: Formative Assessment and Screencasting | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Student screencasting on the iPad provides a multimedia and multimodal approach for capturing understanding and making thinking visible. This chapter provides three repeatable, modular, and scalable examples of teachers using screencasting to capture student thinking, provide contextual feedback, and engage learners in a rich and authentic creation process. Technology by itself can not make a teacher great. However, this approach using technology allows great teachers to create incredible learning environments for their students.

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ADE Reshan Richards is one of the developers of the app Explain Everything, and he illustrates, in this multi-touch book available on iBooks, how to leverage the power of this app for making learning visible.

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If Shakespeare Could Tweet: Transforming Literature with iOS

If Shakespeare Could Tweet: Transforming Literature with iOS | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Most high school students aren't necessarily excited to read Shakespeare.  By integrating iOS into their lessons, teachers can transform the experience of learning  Romeo & Juliet and other other plays.  Students can go from laboriously reading Shakespeare to excitedly interacting with Shakespeare with just an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

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Apple Distinguished Educator Larry Reiff shares how to transform Shakespeare for high school students with iPad.

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Shakespeare 

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Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices. (Hmm, really? Thoughts?
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Not sure I agree. I have my own data and evidence about the impact digital texts have on struggling readers.
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