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Animation Desk - create animations on your iPad

Animation Desk - create animations on your iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Animation Desk for iPad is a leading drawing and animation app that helps you flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, storyboards, e-cards, or short-length animated movies. Let your imagination run wild anytime, anywhere.

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The Daring Librarian: 6 Super Geeky Tech Tips for the New School Year

The Daring Librarian: 6 Super Geeky Tech Tips for the New School Year | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in my last blog post 5 Ways to Reflect, & Not Regret, Teaching OR... Summer Thoughts for Fall Success, one of the BEST things about being a teacher is that every year is a do-over! This post will provide some easy tips and examples of how up your ed tech game and get ready for a super new school year. Don’t feel pressured to do all 6 - just pick one for this year! If that works out for you, try another and go on from there. 
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Teachers Are Starting to Use Snapchat. Should You? - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher

Teachers Are Starting to Use Snapchat. Should You? - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you're a middle or high school teacher, chances are your students are on Snapchat. Should you be too? 

Many teachers are understandably skeptical. Isn't Snapchat used for sexting, or at least for silly filters and selfies? What educational value could it possibly have?

A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. After all, Snapchat's user base is growing and becoming more engaged. And according to the company, almost a quarter of Snapchat's monthly U.S. users is 13- to 17-year-olds (the largest chunk of the company's user base is 18- to 24-year-olds, at 37 percent). 

Still, despite the opportunity to reach students where they undoubtedly are, many teachers remain wary. How engaging can a 10-second snap be?

We'll look at some of the ways teachers use Snapchat for instruction.  
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12 Essential Apps For The iPad Pro - @TeachThought

12 Essential Apps For The iPad Pro - @TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here are TeachThought, we recently picked up an iPad Pro to evaluate its potential in education.

Our first take? It’s not just a bigger iPad–it’s the best tablet we’ve ever used. There are still countless limitations that keep it from realizing Apple’s ambition for it (replace PCs, for example), but many of those are due to the drip-slow evolution of iOS as an operating system. iOS isn’t improving as fast as the hardware is, and that’s an issue, especially as they continue to resist merging Mac OS and iOS.

Right, so–the iPad Pro. It’s lovely, mainly due to its legal-pad size and companion Apple Pencil. At 12.9″, the iPad no longer feels like a tablet you can write on, but something you want to use like a piece of paper, canvas, or other creative tool. Below, we’ve gathered 12 of the best apps for iPad Pro–apps that help demonstrate what’s possible when you combine modern hardware specs, a usable size, and a “stylus” that brings it all together (and that Steve Jobs was strongly against).
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4 Apps to Foster Parent-Teacher Communication

4 Apps to Foster Parent-Teacher Communication | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“Parents have told me that they can’t always depend on their kids to deliver a note that was sent home in their take-home folder,” says Jessica Meacham, a first-grade teacher and blogger, on SmartBrief. “There’s a clear disconnect between the way teachers are communicating and the way most of the world is getting its information.”

As reported by Time, the average American checks his or her phone 46 times a day. Now, a number of apps have cropped up aimed at harnessing this attentiveness into parent-teacher communication.

Ranging from Facebook-like social formats to simple SMS reminders, these apps provide safe messaging options and communication tools to create a stronger relationship between teachers and parents. Here are a few worth checking out:
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'Training for Google Apps' Is One Of Chrome's Best Kept Secrets - OMG! Chrome!

'Training for Google Apps' Is One Of Chrome's Best Kept Secrets - OMG! Chrome! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you ever start using a Google service and feel like you really don’t know how to use it properly?

I feel that way quite often with Google Docs and Google Calendar. It’s not that I don’t know how to use them – I don’t know how to use each feature and option like a nimble productivity ninja!

If you sometimes feel the same I definitely recommend you check out ‘Training for Google Apps’.

This free, By Google extension delivers interactive training and walkthroughs for a slate of Google services, including Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms, Gmail, Google+, Groups, Hangouts, and more.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 25, 9:05 AM
Help for the Google tool right where and when you need it. 
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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Creating a 360° image with a cell phone

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Creating a 360° image with a cell phone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I have been experimenting with different phones and apps for creating a 360° spherical panoramic image. Below are my recommendations. In addition, once your students or you create a 360° image, please ask to join my Flickr group, 360 Images for Schools, Creative Commons-license your image so others can use it, and upload the image to the Flickr group.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 25, 9:04 AM
Let your students make 360 images of your school to show the community. 
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8 Best Coding Games For Kids

8 Best Coding Games For Kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Help children become active rather than passive users of technology with these exciting coding games for kids. It’s much easier to teach kids programming when you offer them games that are interactive, entertaining and educational. Kids love playing games, so game based learning is a natural evolution and a perfect environment for coding games. Coding doesn’t have to be hard and boring, it can be fun if taught in the right way. Kids are growing up surrounded by technology so learning to program will be an essential part of their educational agenda and open up many opportunities for jobs in the future. Have a look at these eight best learn to code games for kids and choose the one your kid will love the most.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 25, 9:01 AM
Have fun with your children or students and learn something about coding yourself. 
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The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning

The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Tracy Fullerton, director of the University of Southern California’s Game Innovation Lab, wrote the textbook Game Design Workshop, now in its 3rd edition. Paper prototyping and iterative design is something that The Game Innovation Lab has done for over a decade. Many academic institutions use the methodology to create innovative games. In March 2014 I asked Fullerton how teachers could apply techniques such as paper prototyping and iterative design in the classroom. She pointed out how similar the process was to constructivism, or learning from doing. She said, “It’s a version of constructivist education, more focused on systems thinking than just making.”
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Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows

Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Project ideas, articles, best practices, and assessment strategies from educators at the forefront of making and experiential education.

Meaningful Making is available for free as a downloadable PDF, or in print at major online retailers. Proceeds of the print edition will be used to fund FabLearn Fellow activities.

About this book

A learning revolution is in the making around the world. Enthusiastic educators are using the new tools and technology of the maker movement to give children authentic learning experiences beyond textbooks and tests. The Stanford University FabLearn Fellows are a group of K–12 educators working at the forefront of this movement in all corners of the globe. They teach in Fab Labs, makerspaces, classrooms, libraries, community centers, and museums—all with the goal of making learning more meaningful in the modern world.

In this book, the 2014–2015 FabLearn Fellows share inspirational ideas from their learning spaces, assessment strategies and recommended projects across a broad range of age levels. Illustrated with color photos of real student work, the Fellows take you on a tour of the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. To read this book is to rediscover learning as it could be and should be—a joyous, mindful exploration of the world, where the ultimate discovery is the potential of every child."

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How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It might have been the banana piano. Or perhaps the bongos, made from lemons that students had plucked from the citrus tree at school. Elizabeth Little, who teaches middle school math and science, doesn’t know exactly which of the hands-on projects she introduced to her remedial math class turned the class around. But by the end of the school year, all her math students, not just those needing extra support, were clamoring for more math.

How did this happen?
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5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Five engineering challenges for kids – with wooden clothespins, binder clips, and craft sticks!  It’s a simple STEM activity that kids of all ages will love.

Move over, expensive building sets!  These simple materials were a huge hit with my boys.  The first time we got them out, Owen (almost 7) spent well over an hour busily creating all kinds of designs.  And that’s saying something, because out of all of our kids he has the shortest attention span by far.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week Google released another round of updates to their Expeditions program. Expeditions is the virtual reality program that lets students experience immersive views of more than 200 places including the International Space Station, coral reefs, the Taj Mahal, and the White House.

Currently, to experience Expeditions you must have a Google Cardboard viewer and a supported Android device. According to last week's Google for Education blog post, soon you will be able to experience Expeditions on iPads. On your iPad you will be able to use full screen mode to view the Expeditions virtual field trips.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 24, 9:34 AM
Google has added to Expeditions. Cardboard viewers are not very expensive and there are instructions on line for making your own. 
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 25, 2:32 AM
That may be an important breakthrough, as it would be to integrate all iOS devices, not only iPads.
Matt Cuming's curator insight, August 25, 7:10 AM
This will be great for when you don't have time to leave the class but want to give some context to work and help reinforce work in a realistic way.
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Reading, writing, arithmetic — and don't forget coding

Reading, writing, arithmetic — and don't forget coding | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching kids to code isn't just about preparing them for a changing workforce. In addition to reinforcing skills like math, science, and language, learning programming can be empowering, as students gain insight into how things work.

Learning code helps kids see the world algorithmically, in patterns, and in cause and effect. Ray Feraday, a special education teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, says, "Coding is all about problem solving and critical thinking. You take what may be a large problem and systematically break it down into smaller, solvable parts. This technique develops confidence and self-reliance."

Teaching kids how the digital tools they use are made also makes them more critical thinkers.
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Maker Rubric PDF | BLUEPRINT

Maker Rubric PDF | BLUEPRINT | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Maker Rubric is a simple way to assess the progress and growth of a student maker. This rubric was specifically developed to measure any maker project they complete, whether its 3D printing, claymation, soldering, sewing, puppetry… whatever. It is also a way to, if necessary (dependent on how your school system values grades) assign a numerical percentage to a maker project.
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Yvonne Dawydiak's curator insight, August 26, 12:35 PM
I'd prefer to see a one column rubric to keep the making more 'open' while still providing scaffolding. I'll work on this!
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Some Very Good Apps to Document Students Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some Very Good Apps to Document Students Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a list of some good iPad apps I have compiled over the last weekend. This list is specifically curated to include apps that will enable students to exhibit their learning in  multimodal ways. Students can use them to create tutorials, explanatory guides, record videos, or for digital storytelling purposes. Most of these apps have been featured in previous lists and in different contexts here in EdTech and Mlearning and the common thing among all of them is that they are student-friendly and are very simple to use.
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Flash Card, Math and Organizer Apps for the 21st Century Student

Flash Card, Math and Organizer Apps for the 21st Century Student | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When you’re not distracted playing Pokémon Go, your smartphone can be a great study buddy with apps that help you meet deadlines, do homework and take notes — especially now that it is back-to-school season.
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An iPad toolkit – 29 iPad Apps that promote good learning

An iPad toolkit – 29 iPad Apps that promote good learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  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.


Rather than blog about each one however or write in depth about each one either, I’ve done this in the form of a small poster, with the apps icons on."

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28 Super Cool Projects In Maker Lab For All Of Your Makers This Year! | Mackin TYSL

28 Super Cool Projects In Maker Lab For All Of Your Makers This Year! | Mackin TYSL | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"In our library, we have a special section just for books about making.  We have picture books, chapter books, and lots of nonfiction books about different types of making and inspiration.

One of my new favorites that I added this summer is called Maker Lab…28 Super Cool Projects from DK and the Smithsonian, with a foreword by Jack Andraka.

Maker Lab features 28 super cool projects using everyday materials that you will have around your library, classroom and home."

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7 Surprising Things That Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft - Codakid

7 Surprising Things That Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft - Codakid | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Since its release, Minecraft has captured the hearts and minds of a generation. Boasting over 100 million users all over the globe, Minecraft is now the third best selling game of all time behind Tetris and Wii Sports, and the game continues to sell 10,000 units per day with no sign of deceleration. Yes, there have been best-selling games before, but most parents are beginning to realize that Minecraft feels different. Minecraft is more than a game – it’s an alternate universe, a cultural scene, a coding platform, and tinkerer’s paradise. For both the well-versed parent as well as the uninitiated it is inevitable that Minecraft will cross your path. Here are seven surprising things that every parent should know about the game that is taking the world by storm.
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Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing

Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When her high school in Grosse Ile, Michigan, started a co-ed robotics team dubbed The Wired Devils, Maya Pandya thought she’d give it a try. The 17-year-old already excelled in math and science, and had considered going into engineering as a career. But while the team was part of a larger initiative meant to “inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology,” her first interactions with other team members left her frustrated.

“When I first walked in, the guys on the team acted like I didn’t really want to do engineering,” says Maya, who will be a senior next year. “It felt like they assumed things automatically. Once I pushed people out of that mindset, they accepted me and started listening to my ideas.”

It wasn’t until the last few weeks of the team’s 6-week build session, when students came together to construct a robot for an upcoming competition, that things seemed to click. Maya recalls working on her team’s robot one day, and realized that hours had passed. “I was enjoying it so much that time just flew by,” she says. “It was that moment that I realized I could actually go into robotics.”

Maya is part of a growing number of girls who are trying out robotics—through school clubs or regional organizations, and in co-ed or all girls teams—and finding out that they have a knack for it. FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology), the nonprofit that helped spark the girls-in-robotics moment and is behind The Wired Devils, now boasts more than 3,100 teams nationwide and over 78,000 student-aged participants."

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Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers

Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ACCORDING TO AYAH Bdeir, technology is the language of our time. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of littleBits likes to compare the engineers of today to the clergy of the Middle Ages, who controlled access to knowledge and power via their monopoly over the use and understanding of the written word. Today’s engineers have a special kind of social and technological influence, which derives from their understanding of the stuff that makes our everyday gadgets work. If our lives today depend on technology, then those who truly understand it have an outsized influence over the rest of us.
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Bdeir states “My mission with littleBits is to equip a new generation of confident and creative problem-solvers,” she says. “Once kids are tech-literate, they’re prepared to take on any challenges that emerge. Rather than adapting to the technology that comes at them, they’ll adapt the technology to their own needs. It’s just a matter of changing their attitude.” I love it!

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How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop

How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How a circuit bracelet workshop runs in your space will vary greatly.  For me, I found that it worked best when I had at least one other adult helping me and a ratio of one adult for every five students.  Learning how to sew circuits requires a lot of one-on-one help, and if you have too many students at once, many start to get frustrated and give up.

Note: I’d like to mention early on that I first learned how to sew a circuit from The Tinkering Studio, who has an AMAZING and detailed set of instructions here.  Print those out and refer to them.  They’re awesome.
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The 7 C’s of Minecraft: Education Edition

The 7 C’s of Minecraft: Education Edition | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Minecraft in Education is on the cusp a new era.  A new dawn of integration into classrooms and learning environments across the globe and we eagerly await the launch of the full, licensed product that schools will stump up valuable cash for.  The marketing has been done, the conferences have been spoken at and the webinars delivered.  You’ve experienced the “wow”, so what about the “How”?  While for many will mean “How do I get started?” or even “How do I do X?”, for me it has led me to ask…

…”How would I do Minecraft Education Edition?”.  With a blank canvas to work on and a bottomless pit of resources, what would my Minecraft Education Edition look like?  For me there are 7 C’s that are at the very core of my vision of Minecraft in Education.  Read on and let’s reignite this discussion of growth and development starting, as every learning experience should, with the curriculum.
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Can Non-makers Lead Maker Spaces and Education? – MakerJawn

Can Non-makers Lead Maker Spaces and Education? – MakerJawn | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
First, we should discuss what a, “Maker” is in the first place. All of us have the potential to be Makers. Adam Savage worded it perfectly, saying, “Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.”

However, in our recent globalized, hyper-consumer culture less and less people have been taught the skills that enable them to make things. We’re able to buy everything we need – why should we make it ourselves? Making was once a core component of the American middle class. Home Economics was a required class in high school. Times have changed though and being able to make things is a unique skill. But being a Maker is more than technical skill, it is also a mindset.
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Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991 -- 25 years ago today -- the public gained access for the first time to the World Wide Web, designed and deployed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland.

It gave rise to the internet as we know and use it today.
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