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A resource for educators interested in improving literacy through the iPad and apps
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Great iPad Apps to Generate Writing Prompts

Great iPad Apps to Generate Writing Prompts | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
March 3, 2014
Following the publication of "6 web tools to teach writing through comics" I received a request from one of the readers of  Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking for...
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The "One iPad" Classroom

The "One iPad" Classroom | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
If you have been allocated just one iPad for your classroom then you have very different issues to 1-to-1 classrooms as the iPad is not designed as a shared device. But don't despair! There are app...

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Always a concern, especially for the under-served school districts.

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The Invisible iPad - My #ettipad Experience

The Invisible iPad - My #ettipad Experience | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
If this event becomes a meeting about how we got rid of power cords, extended battery life, and solved workflow challenges with some neat app, then we fail. The iPad summit is not about the iPad Wi...
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Ubiquity 101: like students, teachers need to see through the iPad and what's on the other side of learning.

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What Students Think About Using iPads in School

What Students Think About Using iPads in School | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Students weigh in on how devices change what happens in class, how they think about learning and how they organize their school work.
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Exit Tickets and your iPad

Exit Tickets and your iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
ELogically, the best way to find out what students learnt during a lesson...is to ask them. Exit tickets are a powerful way to get instant feedback on student learning, reinforce learning intention...
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Many folks still don't understand the power of assessment on the iPad and view it inaccurately as a content consumption device. Super resource.

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Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program

Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Apple has replaced the unwieldy process of distributing hundreds or thousands of individual redemption codes with a new, streamlined method that allows administrators to remotely "assign" apps and textbooks to students or teachers.

Via Sam Gliksman, Michele Velthuizen
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A much needed feature for those implementing large-scale integration.

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Cate Dymek's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:07 PM

This is such a needed change. It has always been such an issue to get textbooks back from students. With this new technology, students are not responsible for any textsbooks, just their technology! Students who easily lose things have no need to worry, and it will be make inventory so much easier!

Michele Velthuizen's curator insight, February 7, 12:42 AM

But when will this finally come to the Netherlands?!

Kathy Silvas's curator insight, March 1, 9:06 AM

Heard about this from my campus technologist.  Since SBMS has 900+ managed iPads in the hands of our students and faculty, it sounds like a BIG step in the right direction.

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wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad

wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
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Excellent and comprehensive post about the how, what, and why of DST, including links to differentiation and CCSS. Fantastic!

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How to publish on iTunes. Step 1 - create an iTunes Connect account - Book Creator for iPad app | Blog

How to publish on iTunes. Step 1 - create an iTunes Connect account - Book Creator for iPad app | Blog | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
This is the first in a series of guides aimed at enabling Book Creator users to publish their ebooks in the iBookstore.
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Techgirljenny is the best!

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Writing an open textbook: tracking an author’s perspective

Writing an open textbook: tracking an author’s perspective | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
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ScrapPad A Great Scrapbooking iPad App is Now Free Was $4.99 Grab It

ScrapPad A Great Scrapbooking iPad App is Now Free Was $4.99 Grab It | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
February 01, 2014
I don't think you would want to miss this deal. ScrapPad has just gone free and for a limited period of time. This app used to cost $4.99. ScrapPad is a great app that I have...
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Many applications for the ELA classroom, and free is in the budget!

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Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools

Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools
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From the conclusion: "As we continue to think about how our own reading habits are changing and what we can do to support students in both print and digital spaces, my hope is that you will model strategic reading practices for them. Just as we have in the past looked at strategies for pre-, during-, and post-reading of print texts (often augmented by sticky notes and reading logs) we can approach reading in digital spaces with a similar mindset."

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Our new educational iPad app Teach Me Apps: English for Kids

Teach Me Apps: English for Kids is available on App Store. Free version: http://bit.ly/19Qn71s Full version: http://bit.ly/I9BBU2 Official website: http://ww...
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5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author

5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shows us why iBooks Author appeals to teachers and students alike: it's easy to learn, you can build customized textbooks and showcase student work -- plus, it's cool!
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Teacher and student generated texts are powerful learning tools and with resources in the public domain and creative commons will help make this a ethically sound practice.

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A Simple iPad App to Create Story Books With Kids

A Simple iPad App to Create Story Books With Kids | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
March 3 , 2014
Little Story Maker is a powerful iPad app that you can use with your students and kids to create story books.  I often get asked about educational apps to use with young learners...
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Character Minutes's curator insight, April 3, 11:25 AM

Create a story book about a specific character trait.

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8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers

8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

http://www.bugbrained.com/struggling-readers.html


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 2, 3:21 PM

The 8 Great Word Pattern apps are a series of 11 apps that have been developed to help students work and master word patterns.  These individualized apps provide practice building words from their sounds.  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 3, 6:40 PM

Free reading apps for struggling readers! 

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Free reading apps for struggling readers!

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iPad Apps for Multiple Intelligences

iPad Apps for Multiple Intelligences | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
February 16, 2014
The theory of multiple intelligences spearheaded by the celebrated cognitive scientist Howard Gardner has received so much acclaim within the educational circles since its inception...
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10 Great Resources to Find Educational iPad Apps for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Resources to Find Educational iPad Apps for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
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Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation - YouTube

From cell phone and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century. Learn more a...
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Use of iPads in Charleston County schools show mixed, mostly positive results

Use of iPads in Charleston County schools show mixed, mostly positive results | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The Charleston County School District has spent more than $9 million on its iPad initiative, but the computer tablets haven't triggered reading or math gains in three schools where every student has one.

Via Richard Jones
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I believe the three schools that didn't show gains says more about the building cultures and teaching philosophy than it does about tech integration. If you don't change the way you teach with technological tools, then you will see no difference, waste valuable resources, and possibly damage relationships between teacher and student.

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Richard Jones's curator insight, February 10, 4:12 PM

"Jordan said she uses her iPad to find information, rather than just getting it from the teacher.

 

During another lesson on the Roman coliseum, she said her teacher gave some information, then encouraged students to do their own research.

 

"We figured out way more than the teacher told us," Jordan said.

 

Allowing that kind of student-directed learning to take place is what teacher Dan Polasek said has been among his biggest challenges in using iPads. He loves telling students everything he knows about his social studies content, but he said that's not how students will learn the information.

 

 

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Horry County school teachers say iPads in classes are a success so far

Horry County school teachers say iPads in classes are a success so far | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Aynor (WMBF) - It's been about a month since the Horry County School District started distributing ipads to all of it's middle schoolers and so far teachers say they are a success. Today April Johnson
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Efficiency (especially for quick and routine collection of evidence of students learning) is one of many reasons for using the iPad, not to mention students seem to prefer the tactile interaction.
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Google Educast #132: Chromebook Yoga Down Dog Position | EdReach

Google Educast #132: Chromebook Yoga Down Dog Position | EdReach | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
This week we mix things up by beginning with the end and ending with the middle. Kim shares a new program that works with Google Apps allowing you to turn videos into lessons.
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Storehouse Awesome New iPad Digital Storytelling App

Storehouse Awesome New iPad Digital Storytelling App | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
February 2, 2014
Storehouse is a wonderful new iPad app for creating, sharing, and discovering new stories. Students can use this app to create beautiful stories to share with others. Storehouse...
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This looks fantastic...

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Combine Pocket with Evernote for a Clutter-Free, Paperless System

Combine Pocket with Evernote for a Clutter-Free, Paperless System | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Pocket may be our favorite read-it-later app, and Evernote is a great digital filing cabinet (if you make good use of it). Use them together, however, and you can have a more organized system for saving everything you want to read or refer to later.
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8 Good iPad Poetry Apps for Teachers and Students

8 Good iPad Poetry Apps for Teachers and Students | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
February, 2014
This is the first list of iPad poetry apps I have ever posted here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. I was really intrigued by the idea of compiling a list specifically...
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Storehouse - A Free iPad App for Visual Storytelling

Storehouse - A Free iPad App for Visual Storytelling | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Storehouse is a new iPad app for visual storytelling with your pictures and video clips. The basic idea behind Storehouse is to create stories by combining images, text, and video clips on a blank ...
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