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#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered

#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Despite the popularity and trend of the term “makerspace”, educators have to search hundreds of articles, websites and books to determine what this term is, how to begin, where to locate materials and determine the educational significance. Another complication is that the resurgence of this DIY movement found its grassroots in the public population and is just starting to make its way back to education. This makes navigating materials from an educational lens even more challenging.  Makerspace for Education, is a collaborative digital space for educators to explore how to create and use makerspaces in their own environments and will help to transform pedagogies of individual educators through immersion in the context and the support of a community of practice.
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 29, 9:23 AM
Engage students in the Maker Movement with a variety of spaces in your classroom for students to explore and create. Makerspace for Education is a resource for teachers who want to dive into this and want some ideas about how to do it.
Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, June 29, 9:56 AM
Makerspaces are really in sync with UDL.  here is a wonderful resources that guides you through the "Making of a Makerspace" in you classroom.  If we had more makerspaces, we'd have more environments supportive of UDL.
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Get Procreate Free, the Amazing Painting App for iPhone

Get Procreate Free, the Amazing Painting App for iPhone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Procreate is easily one of the best painting, drawing, and illustration apps available for iOS, with an amazing array of brushes, features, layers support, and so much more. If you’re even slightly artistically minded or just like to sketch a bit, it blows the iOS Notes drawing tools out of the water by a bazillion orders of magnitude. It’s well worth buying, but right now it’s available free from Apple for a limited time, so iPhone users can grab Procreate right now.
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Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life

Official Website of Root | The robot that brings code to life | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Root is designed to fit into every classroom. The robot operates on the whiteboard that's already at the front of the room and has the attention of the class. Coding with Root requires no special setup. Unlike structured websites that teach coding as an individual activity based on exercises with unique solutions, the classroom environment with shared robots provides opportunities for social learning and more freeform creativity. Coding with robots is an inherently dynamic experience; robot, environment, and students all react to each other, stimulating students to come up with diverse solutions and challenges together. People love robots—they have a powerful appeal to all ages and demographics, making interactions and relationships with them far more compelling than images confined to a computer screen.
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Instructables - DIY  - Learn to Make - Everything!

Instructables - DIY  - Learn to Make - Everything! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Let's Recap! Video Response App Helps Students Reflect with Ease

Let's Recap! Video Response App Helps Students Reflect with Ease | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
James Britton is endlessly quoted as saying “reading and writing float on a sea of talk.” For kids to become truly fluent with language, talking is a major component. Reflecting orally is also a way for students to codify and cement their ideas into structured ways of thinking. Master teachers of today know the importance of talking in the classroom, but even the best and the brightest may sometimes have difficulty fitting it into their daily lesson plans.

With Recap, a web application introduced in April 2016, students and teachers can connect in much easier and more meaningful ways. Essentially, all a teacher has to do is have students sign up using the clean and simple interface and assign questions. Students then record their responses using any front-facing camera; they could use an iPad, webcam, or even their phone. Teachers can then provide video feedback to their students within the program. Watch Greg Kulowiec‘s video below on how easy using Recap in the classroom can be.

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Great iPad apps for creating art

Great iPad apps for creating art | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those lucky enough to have an iPad in the art room, there are a number of creative apps just waiting to be enjoyed. We’ve done a round-up of just some of the fantastic ones out there.

But before you dive in, remember to set up a free account on Creatubbles, so that you can store and share all of the great results!
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Comprehensive Guide to Making in the Classroom

Comprehensive Guide to Making in the Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Wise educators are always on the lookout for new pedagogies and materials that expand classroom learning opportunities and amplify student potential. The global maker movement poses exciting opportunities to transform the classroom.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 28, 12:29 PM

Making, inventing, the classroom or library as a lab... time to remake it all into true hands-on learning.

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5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft)

5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A coding expert shares how to get students truly invested in computer science that goes beyond drag and drop
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Digital Storytelling: Children’s App Trends in Technology

Digital Storytelling: Children’s App Trends in Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When observing public places and playgrounds, it has become common to recognize more and more children holding tablets and mobile phones in their hands. It seems that technological devices are finding growing acceptance in the everyday life of children. This development is not only true for entertaining purposes but also for learning and skill development. Unsurprisingly, many companies have started exploring the field designing apps specifically for children. Here are some key trends worth exploring over the next months.
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How to Record Audio from a Bluetooth Mic on the iPhone or iPad - How To Geek

How to Record Audio from a Bluetooth Mic on the iPhone or iPad - How To Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recording audio from a Bluetooth microphone isn’t something that iOS can do out of the box, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entirely possible. With a little help from a third-party app, you can use a wireless headset and record your voice through that if you need to.
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Maker, DIY - Pinterest Board by Clif Mims @clifmims

Maker, DIY - Pinterest Board by Clif Mims @clifmims | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Explore Clif Mims's board "Maker, DIY" on Pinterest, the world's catalog of ideas. | See more about Play Based Learning, Education Posters and Cell Model.
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4 Tricks to Maximize the Usefulness of Touch ID on Your iPhone or iPad

4 Tricks to Maximize the Usefulness of Touch ID on Your iPhone or iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Touch ID has stumbled upon its fair share of legal drama over the years and was fairly limited in terms of what it could do right out of the gate. However, Apple continues to develop, expand, and solidify its biometric fingerprint-reading platform, which was the byproduct of the Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec for a cool $356 million.

So, what can you actually do with Touch ID? Has the technology really evolved so substantially over the years? Well, yes, Touch ID has evolved quite a bit — it’s now blazingly fast, and particularly useful as 3rd party app developers have increasingly implemented the feature.

Check out our list of 4 cool things you can do — and likely didn’t know you could do — using Touch ID in its current capacity.
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Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms

Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Placing devices in the hands of students can transform their experience in the classroom. Easily accessible content consumption and content creation tools change the way that we think about helping students meet learning goals. As a former 1:1 iPad teacher, my thinking about technology integration has changed over the past several years. Moving up the ladder of SAMR and getting students moving with portable devices are just two areas where I've shifted my initial thinking about technology tools in educational settings.

A 1:1 learning environment is a powerful sight. All students with access to their very own device can alter the way that we've always thought about classroom instruction. Students can work through individualized curriculum on their own device and search to find answers to their questions. Although the personalization of a student experience in a 1:1 environment is powerful, it's important that students don't lose those necessary moments of collaboration and critical thinking that come from working together with their peers.
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10 Popular Apps for English Language Learners and Teachers

10 Popular Apps for English Language Learners and Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
By Sophia Sanchez - A list of 10 popular apps recommended for English Language Learners and teachers from an ELL teacher.
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Introducing Project Bloks

Project Bloks is a research project with the aim of creating an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids. Learn more at http://g.co/projectbloks
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Teaching Coding Through Robotics - The National

"A team of Harvard engineers has come up with a fun way to get kids hooked on coding."

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Check out the official website for Root - http://www.rootrobot.io/

All I can says is that I want one!! ;=-) 

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7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose - A.J. JULIANI

7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose - A.J. JULIANI | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

 In order to make sure you are using technology the right way, you must first “start with why”. If your students understand the “why” behind your technology use, then the class will have a purpose and technological glitches and issues can be worked through. If they don’t understand the “why” then any small issue could turn into a major problem.

This past year at Upper Perkiomen School District we used “The Teacher’s Guide to Tech” by Jennifer Gonzalez https://gumroad.com/a/1065628787 as a starting point for WHY we should use technology and also HOW to use it in the classroom.

This resource provided the nuts and bolts for so many tech tools, while also explaining the best situations to use each piece of technology. We started with WHY and then went into HOW.

Here are 7 simple ways we’ve been using technology for a purpose in our school. I’m sure there are many other ways to use tech with purpose, but these are some of my favorites!

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How To Use Classic Mechanical Keyboards on Modern iPads

How To Use Classic Mechanical Keyboards on Modern iPads | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I recently tweeted a photo of my iPad connected to classic Apple keyboard. It seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people – it was my most popular tweet ever by a wide margin actually – so I figured I’d put together a guide explaining what I was doing, why you might want to do it, and how to go about it.
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10 Free (or Cheap) Travel Apps Worth Downloading

10 Free (or Cheap) Travel Apps Worth Downloading | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
After a week of downloading and trying out various travel and navigation apps, I reached an unfortunate conclusion: Most of them are worthless — clunky, buggy, seemingly desultory efforts by developers rushing a poor product to market. There are a few, though, that provide elegant solutions to some of travel’s more common complications, doing what a good app should do: make life easier. Here are seven free travel apps that are worth your time, and three that are worth your money.
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What We Learn from Making - Digital Promise

What We Learn from Making - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.

In a white paper [PDF] marking the end of its second year, Agency by Design (AbD) finds that among the benefits that may accrue along the maker ed path, the most striking is the sense of inspiration that students take away — a budding understanding of themselves as actors in their community, empowered “to engage with and shape the designed dimensions of their worlds.”

The report offers a glimpse of the emerging findings of AbD’s multiyear research initiative, exploring the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. In tandem with a new website that offers important educational resources, including thinking routines to stimulate learning, the paper solidifies Agency by Design’s efforts to shape a set of research-based, educator-tested practices and to invite the broad community of maker educators into a conversation about the ideas driving and shaping the movement.
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Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids

Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There has been a big push in computer-science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer-science initiative and a slew of toys and games designed to teach kids how to code have come to market. Even Apple got into the spirit with the introduction of Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that instructs kids on the basics of the company's Swift programming language. Today, Google detailed its own big investment in computer-science education. It's called Project Bloks, an open hardware platform that anyone can use to create physical coding experiences for kids.
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"Vance Maker" and the Joys of Making with Kids | Make:

"Vance Maker" and the Joys of Making with Kids | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you are a parent, you have likely experienced the great joys of doing projects with your kids. I still remember lessons I learned from my dad (how to swing a hammer, how to properly stroke a cross-cut saw through wood, power tool safety) and I count the many projects and hobbies I did with my son as some of the most gratifying moments of my life.

Everything I remember about being a kid working with my dad and being a dad teaching my kid are captured in the wonderful, often touching, sometimes very funny series, Vance Maker, that YouTuber Tim Sway does with his 6 year old son, Vance. The distracted kid, the mildly frustrated parent, the breakthrough teaching moments, the truly hysterical moments, the fun, the challenges, the pride in a job well done and a skill and a sense of empowerment passed down to a child — it’s all beautifully on exhibit here.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Padlet's Best of Education wall features twenty-seven Padlet walls created by teachers. One of my favorites in that collection is 100 Picture Books to Read and Share. All of the books in that Padlet wall are linked to Goodreads pages. Another good wall in Padlet's Best of Education is a collection of student blogging prompts
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Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson

Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
IBM's Watson gained global fame as a “Jeopardy!” master that beat former all-time winner Ken Jennings at his own game. While the superprogram is no longer dominating the game circuit, IBM has put the computer system to use in a wide range of applications from tennis to weather.

Now Watson is also powering a modified version of “Minecraft” that makes learning about the human body as fun as crafting a house. “Medical Minecraft” was created by high school educators to teach students about infectious diseases. Normally, that would be a topic that would completely bore teens or to be too complex to the point of alienation. The teachers behind the modification figured the best approach to teaching the subject was applying lessons learned from games.
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8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for school makerspaces.

Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace. You need to have the right materials to meet your goals.

Vinnie Vrotny, director of technology at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, understands how tempting it is to fill a space with the latest devices. But before you do, here are eight questions you should ask to determine if you’re choosing wisely.  
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Lihi Telem's curator insight, June 27, 7:16 AM
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 27, 7:17 AM

Preguntas claves que todo responsable del desarrollo de un futuro makerspace debe hacerse para que este pueda estar integrado a la experiencia educativa que pretende impulsar.