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Top 12 Comprehension Apps | Reading Rockets

Top 12 Comprehension Apps | Reading Rockets | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The ultimate goal of reading is good comprehension. We've gathered information about apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness (through antonyms, synonyms, and homophones), as well as several mind mapping apps."

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On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, http://tinyurl.com/mrf2cxw ;

a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people.  Unlike Pew’s previous surveys, which involved representative samples of teens interview by phone, this one was conducted online.


These data are useful for us in deciding how we reach the young people we love and in understanding how they themselves manage their lives online."

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology - Edutopia

The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment.

For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. An informal observation or the look on a learner's face can inform a teacher about a student's progress, yet such signals are challenging to capture or convey to the relevant agents (i.e., the learner, the teacher, or the parent).
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The Maker Mentality Takes on Many Forms - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

The Maker Mentality Takes on Many Forms - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Those who follow my blog know that I have jumped into and am loving the current emphasis on the Maker Movement and Maker Education.

As I was flying back from a recent conference, I noticed a film on the screen embedded in the plane seat in front of me. I was immediately intrigued by the animated film and watch the 10 minute short animation in awe of its brilliance. No sound was needed. Upon further research, I discovered it is called “Me + Her”, a Sundance-nominated short film set in a world made entirely out of cardboard.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Color Uncovered - An iPad App About the Science of Color

Free Technology for Teachers: Color Uncovered - An iPad App About the Science of Color | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Exploratorium’s Color Uncovered iPad app is essentially a seventeen part ebook with some nice interactive activities and videos built into it to support the articles. In Color Uncovered students will why we sometimes see colors that aren’t really there, how light influences the colors we see, and why dogs would have trouble with traffic lights if they drove. One of the interactive features on Color Uncovered that I particularly like is the “Colors Add Up” activity. In “Colors Add Up” students use a clear CD case (I’m sure any other clear piece of plastic will work too) to mix colors projected from their iPads. The app also gives students a couple of short lessons on how and why artificial colors are added to foods like salmon, candy, cheese, and fruit.
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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
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Letting Go of the Reins: Students Lead the Way with #Minecraft #edtech #ipaded - ~Mme Mallette~

Letting Go of the Reins: Students Lead the Way with #Minecraft #edtech #ipaded - ~Mme Mallette~ | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It took me a while to wrap my head around how I was going to incorporate Minecraft into my Core French Classroom.  I have read about and seen many people use it for other core subjects, but had some trouble figuring out at first where it applied in my room.  I think this is partially due to the fact that I don’t know that much about it.  I understand the main idea to Minecraft, but what one is truly capable of doing with it is beyond me because I don’t play it.

This is the first project I have attempted with Minecraft and I am really excited about the results for a variety of different reasons.  I would love to include it into my program in other ways and will look to the students for inspiration.
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Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone - MakeUseOf.com

Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone  - MakeUseOf.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Nowadays, kids want to use smartphones. Of course, most parents aren’t willing to actually buy their kids a device, but plenty have no problem letting them play with one. Of course, when a child uses a cell phone they can potentially be exposed to all kinds of dangerous things that aren’t meant for young eyes.

But the risks aren’t just for the children, but they can affect you, the parents, too. Kids could make unwanted in-app purchases, make calls to people you don’t want to talk to, they could even share photos you don’t want the world to see, and they can do plenty of other bad things. So what can you do? Check out the infographic below for the answers."

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Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius

Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Occasionally you come across a kind of theological divide in EdTech around whether to focus on learning through the  iPad or via the laptop. Which is like wondering whether to have fish or vegetables for your dinner. Both are fine, but they don’t fill the same need.
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Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | FabLearn Fellows

Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | FabLearn Fellows | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what qualities would a teacher possess in a constructionist environment and how would these superheroes behave? Thank you to FabLearn Fellows Mark Schreiber and Erin Riley for their feedback for this post. They are quoted below from our small group meeting on April 7th. Here is a list of top five qualities and behaviors to keep in your tool kit for fostering a constructionist learning environment.
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4 things to think about when designing a staff Training Needs Analysis with mobile learning in mind - Educate 1-TO-1

4 things to think about when designing a staff Training Needs Analysis with mobile learning in mind - Educate 1-TO-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

As almost every second post on this site hammers home, the difference between successful and unsuccessful mobile learning initiatives in schools is almost always the extent to which staff have been prepared for and embraced the change. For new readers: it’s an enormous change. Don’t believe those who say that teachers don’t need to be trained to use ‘intuitive’ devices, some will need precisely that. More pertinently, every member of staff will need support, time, space and collegiate exemplars to reimagine how their practice, and student activities, will look once everyone has a device. How will pedagogies adapt to take advantage of these new affordances? It is this latter process that is too often skated over, with inch-deep training on a couple of apps purported to be enough to give staff a feel for the 1:1 experience. Unsurprisingly, the benefits realised are equally transient and superficial.

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Hacking Evernote on iPads

The History 2.0 Classroom: Hacking Evernote on iPads | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am an avid Evernote user (iPad, iPhone, Mac, Chromebook...)

I especially enjoy using the platform on my iPad.  That being said, the only glaring drawback at this point is that one can't draw directly in a note as if they were using Notability or any other digital paper tool.

Time for an Evernote on iPad Hack!
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Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily

Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

""The iPhone Camera app includes a self timer function, a great feature for any camera that allows you to set a countdown timer before a picture is snapped. There’s many uses for the timer function, but it often allows for the photographer or camera owner to be in the picture frame as well, rather than just shooting pictures from behind the lens."

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"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company

"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Education-bashing has become something of a national sport in the United States. From hurling criticism about slipping test scores, socio-economic disparity, dropout rates, to raising concerns about poor teaching standards and school resources, the popular narrative is that U.S. schools are failing children. There’s good reason for the pile-on: in many cases, the problems are real.

While most of the conversation around education reform centers on how to address these existing issues, another point of view has been gaining momentum over the last several years. It’s a point of view that is less focused on fine-tuning the current system for high performance—since the system was built in 1893 with the goal of churning out "good workers"—and more about rethinking education entirely and how it meets the world’s rapidly changing economy in the information age.

This topic is explored in depth in the feature-length documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, which premiered at Sundance and will appear at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24. In the film, director, writer and producer Greg Whiteley casts a light on the shortcomings of established education methods by focusing on one school that’s defying convention, San Diego’s High Tech High. While following two ninth-grade classes for a year, with classroom instruction unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the doc offers some inspirational ideas for how to help students rise to the occasion of an innovation economy that requires critical thinking."

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Typing Comfortably on the iPad  | iPad Insight

Typing Comfortably on the iPad  | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of my ongoing missions, despite all of the lovely hardware keyboards available, is to find a way to write comfortably for longer periods of time on the iPad. I’m actually surprised there aren’t more articles out there that acknowledge that the iPad isn’t really a very ergonomic setup for touch typing. I can’t be the only one suffering from occasional pins and needles, or soreness from typing for too long at the tablet.
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I have a hard time typing "comfortably" on the iPad...

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Apps for Happy Learning - Teachers With Apps

Apps for Happy Learning - Teachers With Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This post was motivated by my return to the north and the frigid temps. I realized on the second leg of my travels that no one was even remotely happy about anything. They were all connected to another world with a pair of headphones or earbuds, tuned out and removed. I love to fly and it used to be a very social activity and rather than be disappointed I threw myself into a happy app kind of mood and this is the result.

My other intention was to point anyone with children toward exceptional downloads laden with abundant and diverse content for their children. Not just to keep them sharp when away from school and traveling, but go-to apps that are always an educational delight! Here is my list of 12 developers whose apps make for HAPPY learning; they are sure to develop your child’s/student’s sense of joy and wonder.
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How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog

How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There’s a very easy way to make better use of the iPad in class. Simply become more aware of what you’re using the iPad for when teaching. This is where the SAMR model comes in, something I believe all teachers should be familiar with. The SAMR model is a 4 stage framework, illustrated below by the fantastic Sylvia Duckworth, creator of many great sketch notes.
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Why teachers struggle to harness the learning potential of the iPad - Innovate My School

Why teachers struggle to harness the learning potential of the iPad - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Over the last 100 years in teaching, how much has changed? Could you take a teacher from 1915 and drop them into a modern classroom? Apart from the strange haircuts and unfamiliar clothes they’d barely notice the difference, because the majority of school is still lecture driven. The teacher stands at the front, disseminating knowledge to the students. Now undertake the same scenario but with a surgeon. Bring a surgeon forward 100 years and it’s a different story. In a modern operating room our time traveller would be overwhelmed with sights and sounds. This is because technology has revolutionised surgery.

Yet that same technological revolution has already happened in education, it just hasn’t made it into our school system. At home, students can take part in lectures from America’s best Ivy League schools, video chat with experts from around the world, and access any billions of resources at any time. So why are schools so technological behind the world they’re preparing students for?"

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hennessy vargas's curator insight, April 23, 12:46 AM

I believe teachers should catch up and use technology to teach students because young students learn better and faster through these devices and programs set up on them. It also keeps their attention.

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This post is not meant to be judgey!  Even the best techie teacher started somewhere and most likely made one of these common mistakes.  I think I made all five during the same lesson when I first started to integrate iPads.

 

Whether you are just starting out with iPads or are a seasoned iPad integrator, let’s look at the 8 mistakes most teachers make when using iPads in the classroom and how to avoid them:"


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

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Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius

Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Great writers don’t rely solely upon their talent. They are characterized with discipline and great focus. If you lack these fundamental skills, your talent won’t help you write outstanding posts and articles on schedule. Wait; that doesn’t mean you should give up!

There are many online tools, apps and websites that will help you achieve your full potential as a blogger or content writer. Start exploring these tools:
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Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired

Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I get caught up in things. Informercials. New gadgets. New shades of Sharpie. Every kid I’ve ever taught has said, “You say EVERYTHING is your “favorite thing.” It’s true. Life? It’s my favorite. I grew up, but my internal excitement level has stayed at a five year old’s level. So, I’ll just preface this post with that. I will also say that I’ve held off on writing this. Long enough to figure out if this whole “maker movement” was another “thing I love,” or more. It’s more. So much more.
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The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning

The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for a toy that provides educational value, a gift that gives a little bit more or a digital companion that can teach logic and programming, these robots for kids are some of the most cutting edge gadgets around. With companion smartphone apps, voice control, advanced mechatronics and even xylophones, these amazing pieces of electronic kit will keep your kids entertained, engaged and educated for years to come.
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6 Great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills - EdTech & MLearning

6 Great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills - EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s post we have curated for you a collection of some wonderful iPad games to boost students critical thinking skills and enhance their cognitive abilities. Playing these games, students will be able to engage with a variety of mental and abstract forms of reasoning where they will need to use their strategic and problem solving skills to find answers. While they are so much fun to play they are also a great way to help students approach the world from a critical thinking perspective. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
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Here are 6 great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills.  Do you know any others you could share?

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An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist

An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m quite a fan of the iPad (the Lollipop Nexus 9’s not too bad either). Not because of its design or because its by Apple or any of that, but because of its keen heritage in the learning arena. Any one who knows me will tell you that I am not one for using tech for tech’s sake, despite my evangelist moniker. Use of technology in a cross curricular sense should be measured and done with consideration for the best potential learning outcomes.

With all that said, I’ve been doing this for quite some time now and I thought it time that I shared some of the Apps that have stuck by me or have struck me for their ease of use and impact upon learning in the classroom
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9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning

9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is a lot take into consideration when trying to find the best iPad cases for schools. What age group will be looking after the devices? How will students be using their iPads? What kind of budget is available (or not as the case may be)? It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration as well as the needs of your students, and all going well you should have iPads that can handle even the toughest environments.

So before we jump into the list, here is my number one top tip… Regardless of what case you decide to go with, if you have any fears of screens getting scratched, cracked or even just unusably filthy, I would highly recommend investing a small amount in getting clear screen protectors. These microscopically thin films will not only protect your iPad screens, they will also repel dust and will reduce many signs and impediments of daily wear. For the small price, these have saved many an expensive iPad display.
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How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies

How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is a great free app, although be forewarned that your colleagues might get a little frustrated when your students start asking them, “Why don’t you use the WhatsDueApp too?”!

The process for the teacher is a snap – just go to whatsdueapp.com) click on the  Teacher Sign Up Button and sign up. Then enter assignments, tests, etc., … anything that has a due date that you want your students to be aware of. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to sign up and enter a couple activities. Here’s the screen you do it on … super simple to use:
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