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Winnipeg school division charts new territory in computer coding for kids - CBC.CA

Winnipeg school division charts new territory in computer coding for kids - CBC.CA | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Ben Safiniuk is seven years old, and he knows how to write computer code – sort of.

“Well, I have made a stickman. He’s like, ‘Hello’ and then he got sucked up into a ship,” said Ben.

He’s a student in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg who can make a blue dog dance across a stage or build a game with disappearing red blocks. And he’s not the only one.

The school division is diving head-first into uncharted territory in Canada – teaching coding to young kids.

“As I get to travel around our 33 schools, I’m now noticing I’m being asked more and more from younger and younger grades, ‘Can you teach me Java?’” said David Wall, Pembina Trails’ educational technology consultant.”

The only problem? Many teachers don’t have any idea how to teach kids code. And it isn’t a failing on their part – there’s no curriculum or framework in Canada for how to teach kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8 how to code. "

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How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily

How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A little clicking sound is made every time you type on the iPhone keyboard. Some users really like that sound effect and find that it helps them to type on the virtual keyboard easier, but other users find it to be annoying and obtrusive. If you don’t want to hear the clicky sound effects when typing in iOS, you can quickly turn the feature off and have the key taps stay quiet, leaving you with completely silent hitting any keys on the iPhone keyboard.
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A Comprehensive List of Educational iPad Apps for Autistic Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive List of Educational iPad Apps for Autistic Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a very good resource of apps specifically curated for autistic learners. This is a spreadsheet created by a parent, an autistic adult and an SLP and features a very big collection of iPad apps for autism. The apps are arranged into different categories that include : art, books, communication, earliest learning, file sharing, games, general development, geography, history, language, math and pre-math, multiple activities, music, reading and spelling, puzzles, science, social skills, speech, and many more. Every app is supplemented with a short description, a video if available, review if available, and iTunes link.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools for Creating Last-minute Holiday Cards

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools for Creating Last-minute Holiday Cards | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In typical form I have done all of my Christmas shopping and card mailings in the last 24 hours. I know I am not the only one that waits until the last minute to get these things done. You may have students in the same boat. You may also find yourself looking for a way to help students create some last-minute holiday greeting cards of their own. The following three popular tools offer options for creating holiday cards.
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Curious Words for Visual Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com

Curious Words for Visual Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - ClassTechTips.comCurious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile.  A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words.  The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling product that demonstrates their understanding of a concept.
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TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School

TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

iTinyTap is a great iPad app for developing your own educational games. I’ve been a big supporter of the app since it launched a couple of years ago. TinyTap has always been targeted toward the K-3 crowd, but it can certainly be used with older students too. To reflect that TinyTap has uses in older grades, the developers gave the app a bit of a facelift and added some new features.

TinyTap still works the way that it always has, but some of the decorations and animations that were included to appeal to young students are optional rather than default settings.

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5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu

5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

This blog post however does not focus on the apps, but the features that are built within the iPad. Take some time to explain these features in the iPad’s settings to make your students aware of how they can benefit their language learning.

 

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My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories

My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the past four years, I've been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year will only feature my must-have iPad and iPhone apps. As with last year, I want to start from the iPad.
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10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch - TED.com

10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch -  TED.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Color bravery. A headset for brainwaves. His/hers healthcare. 10 big, bold talks from female speakers.
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The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius

The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"If you’re a parent or teacher, you’ve probably had to deal with deciphering the gibberish-looking text and numbers students are sending to one another. It’s like learning a new language. Seriously. In an effort to help you identify some of the most important and must-know online acronyms, we put together this handy visual guide that’s designed to get you some of the little-known but most-used terms being texted and shared on a daily basis.

Do you know all these acronyms already? Then you probably have what it takes to share your knowledge on Daily Genius! "

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, December 17, 6:25 PM

Not really a "Means and Methods" post, but I certainly did not know most of those - did you?

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Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School

Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - iPadApps for SchoolEndless Wordplay is a great new app from the same people that brought us the popular Endless Alphabet, Numbers, and Reader apps. In Endless Alphabet students help a friendly monster navigate a make believe world by spelling words correctly. At each stop in the adventure students have to spell a series of three rhyming words. The app reads the word to students and provides them with hints when they get stuck on a spelling. Endless Wordplay doesn’t award points. Instead of earning points the incentive is just to keep moving forward in the game at your own pace.

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.
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rwestby's curator insight, December 16, 2:15 PM

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heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

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Yahoo Weather for iPad Updated: New Animated Effects | iPad Insight

Yahoo Weather for iPad Updated: New Animated Effects | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Yahoo Weather iPad app was recently updated, to Version 1.6.5. It’s a nice little update to a very nice iPad weather app.

The star features of this update are new animated effects for lightning and frost, and updated designs for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
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Geography Drive Arcade - Four Fun U.S. Geography Games - iPad APps for School

Geography Drive Arcade - Four Fun U.S. Geography Games - iPad APps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Geography Drive Arcade is a great iPad app from the same people that developed Geography Drive USA. Within Geography Drive Arcade students will find four fun review games. Those games are State Shape Challenge, Flagstaff State Flag Game, State Capital Challenge, and Honolulu Spelling Bee.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs

Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Bioman Biology is a nice resource that I learned about from David Andrade. On Bioman Biology you will find dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology. The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics; physiology, cells, ecology, genetics, classification, life chemistry, respiration, and scientific methods. Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps. The games and virtual labs are appropriate for middle school students.
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Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom - ClassTechTips.com

Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Drawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include drawing a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – it can be used with any subject.
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Creating sign language books in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog

Creating sign language books in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The inspiration – History ebook


Back in April 2014 I worked with Hill Country Middle School in Austin on a collaborative ebook between 8th grade and 3rd grade students.

8th grade students composed books using Book Creator and Scrap Pad based on historical topics covered in the year. The books took on a familiar repetitive children’s storybook theme to make the concepts easier to digest and comprehend for their 3rd grade audience.

Once the framework of the book was set, 8th grade students used a Google Doc to provide 3rd grade students with a list of images they would need to complete the book. On the day of the field trip, the whole project really came together.

The History ebook project became the inspiration for another collaboration. ..."

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Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what were kids up to during the Hour of Code? MakeWonder have shared with us how kids as young as 5 participated in the Hour of Code last week. Jake Lee, from Honolulu, Hawaii created this video to show how his first graders participated in the Hour of Code with the robots. They used Dash & Dot robots for programming activities to teach spatial reasoning and then moved on to Blockly (a visual programming tool developed by Google) to program robots through mazes. If you are lucky enough to have access to the amazing Dash and Dot, MakeWonder have created some great ideas to get you started.
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Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I just learned through Tony Vincent that the popular presentation tool Haiku Deck is now offering its premium presentation templates for free. This offer is only valid through the holidays. Go ahead and grab some of these beautiful templates to use in your next presentation. For those of you not yer familiar with Haiku Deck, here is a short review of it.
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Check out Haiku Deck's Blog for all the information -

Happy Holidays from Haiku Deck: Free New Fonts and Filters!

 https://blog.haikudeck.com/new-fonts/ ;

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Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom

Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions I am asked is "How did you pay for your iPads" or "Do you know of any grants to get iPads (or other technology) into my classroom?"

I was lucky enough in 2010 to have administration whose priority was to update and increase technology in our district.  I wasn't in on the process so I'm relatively clueless on how they got them- I do know they applied for grants and used general budget funds to purchase our iPads, initially for a 1:1 program in our high school.  Once I saw how perfect the iPads for Kindergarten I begged and pleaded and justified how I would use them in my classroom.  
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Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills.
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6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com

6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are a few traditions that are crucial to the full Christmas experience: listening to Christmas music, putting up Christmas lights, making your favorite Christmas desserts, and, of course, reading Christmas stories.

The following six stories are sure to make your family smile at Christmas — especially now that they’ve been brought to life like never before on the iPad. So sit around the fire, pour yourself some mulled wine or hot chocolate, and enjoy these Christmas classics!
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Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com

Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Gepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements."

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Foos: Code for an Hour is a super fun free iOS app that teaches beginning programming concepts to students.  It's very similar to Scratch where users connect blocks to form commands.  There are 24 levels that students can complete to unlock new characters and abilities.  Some of the concepts covered in Foos are: problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, and more.
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