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Animation Desk - create animations on your iPad

Animation Desk - create animations on your iPad | iPads 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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Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them.
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This sounds wonderful! Students will love them and they will make perfect trading items for FLL competitions.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past http://t.co/w88i6CPTtl #flippclass #edchat

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.
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5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration

5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads.  Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan.  Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps.    Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:
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Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the past couple of weeks, I have been preparing to teach a summer school/camp on maker education (see http://www.makereducation.com/summer-camp-schedule.html ). As part of my preparation, I decided compose a list of promises to my learners as a maker educator.
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Perceptions of BYOT

Perceptions of BYOT | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibilities…

* conducting research
* creating a project
* texting a parent, friend, or teacher
* watching a video
* playing a game
* reading a news article


As educators, we could argue the instructional merits of what is happening with the smartphone that the student is holding. Many of our initial thoughts and concerns are framed by our own perceptions and experiences of how we personally use technology.

I read a heavily circulated article this week that detailed some research from the UK on the banning of students personal technology tools. This research revealed that students perform better on standardized tests when their schools ban the use of personal mobile devices. Apparently, this improved performance was due to the lack of distractions. Obviously, I can’t argue with the research, but I do have several questions and thoughts related to the focus of this study and the topic of banning students’ technology tools."

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Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall

Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Myria Mallette (@MmeM27) is one of our French teachers who is busy learning, teaching and coding alongside her students. Recently she engaged a grade 8 student into creating this Zelda recreation to teach directions en francais.
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The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News)

The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 

As the director of a maker lab at Castilleja School, an independent all-girls school for grades 6-12, I, along with my team, have witnessed dramatic changes in skills and confidence that can occur when we give young women not only the opportunity but also a safe space to make, build, tinker, and create. In line with multiple articles calling for empowering a more diverse and inclusive community of makers, we strongly believe that maker programs and inclusive maker spaces are particularly important in girls’ education.

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Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
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Facebook helps makerspaces expand in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

Facebook helps makerspaces expand in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Robert Pronovost, the science, technology, engineering and math coordinator at the Ravenswood City School District (Calif.), has a mission: to spark student interest in those topics by bringing tech-filled “makerspaces” to low-income schools.

Now with the help of Facebook and the Ravenswood Education Foundation, he’s come close to reaching that goal.

By the end of this week, five out of seven of the district’s public schools will have spaces filled with 3D printers, Legos, laptops, robots and more for hands-on learning. Castano and Willow Oaks schools are expected to open their makerspaces in the fall.
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4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Each spring my dear friend, Lori Keitt, and I have been bringing the outside world into our classrooms in an effort to hook our students those last few weeks. Nature, in the form of ladybugs, caterpillars, praying mantis egg cases, tadpoles and more overflows our the rooms. It’s sometimes messy, and it does take a bit of time and effort, but the payoff is worth it! All throughout April and May students rush into our classrooms to check on chrysalises and tadpoles each morning. The critters inspire our writing, inquiry projects and even math problems.

Here are just a few reasons and examples to inspire you to bring the outside world in!
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Mystery Word Town - Sight word Spelling - Teachers With Apps

Mystery Word Town - Sight word Spelling - Teachers With Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hey Pardner….hmmm or is it Partner? No more scratching your chin in wonderment of how to spell something correctly after playing Artgig Apps’ newest entry into the App World with Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling. Artgig Apps have always produced the highest quality apps that engage through cleverly designed gameplay, and Mystery Word Town does not disappoint. It’s a mix of western style fun and silliness, but also has serious educational chops. It seems the Huevos Rancheros Gang is hiding out in Word Town and the Sheriff and his trusty deputy – a ghost, need help finding all of these notorious gang members and the gold.
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Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ EdTech & MLearning

Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We received an email a few days ago from a teacher asking about a good iPad app for creating simulated TV shows with students. The apps we suggest below are both from Launchpad Toys which have been acquired by Google a couple of months ago. These are probably among the most popular apps among teachers and educators. Students can use them to unleash their creativity and delve into a world of imagination creating scenes, designing characters, animating cartoons and telling their own stories through beautifully recorded shows.
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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology. There are several iPad apps that can provide writers with all kinds of prompts and incentives to write creatively.  Below is a sample of some of the best iPad apps to help you with writer's block. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions:
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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.
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How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu - Zig Zag Tech

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu - Zig Zag Tech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow!



We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to my class. This is by no means a comprehensive list of tools. I just wanted to provide them a jumping off point to get started when they were ready to publish. Please feel free to download the menu here.
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30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist

30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I make no apologies for making this an iPad focused post. So many of the schools that I work with have iPads both for students and for educators. The majority of the 30 Apps I’ve chosen are ones I have used extensively myself in the classroom with some new additions which I have seen being used by others to great success.
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Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips

Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Todo Math is a fantastic iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content.
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Life's Work - Official Series Trailer

Breakwater Studios Ltd. presents LIFE'S WORK, a series of short documentaries that follows the stories of six master makers, exploring their craft, their process, and ultimately, their lives.
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100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies

100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Why is STEM important? In short, the future job market will revolve around science. This includes all forms of technology, engineering and math. 80% of jobs in the future will require technology skills. Statistics today show that there will be a drastic shortage of job applicants in the next decade with the skills and knowledge to fill these new positions. While only 4% of the nation’s workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, this group creates jobs for the other 96% of the workforce (source). The average professional with a STEM-related degree earns more than double the average national wage. About 3 million jobs are currently unfilled because Americans lack the basic STEM skills needed for the positions (source).
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Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
ABCya's latest online tool is a tool for drawing and typing stories. ABCya Story Maker is a free tool on which students can draw pictures then write text to support their pictures. Story Maker provides lots of drawing tools for students to pick from. After drawing a picture students can click the text icon to type. Stories can be one page or multiple pages. When students have finished writing they can print their stories and or save them as PDFs.
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Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life - ISTE

Making allows students to learn by doing and solve problems by tinkering, trial and error. Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, which has made its way into classrooms because it engages students across a range of subjects. Imagine the learning that happens when these two popular education movements are combined.

The outcome is a powerhouse of student engagement, says Mike Washburn, head of computer science at Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In his mind, games shouldn’t be relegated to the fringes in classrooms. Educators should leverage them to engage students and drive new ways of thinking.

And when it comes to teaching social studies, a subject that often gets a bad rap when supported by only worksheets and textbook reading, incorporating Minecraft can create an explosion of learning. Game playing takes the “boring” right out of it and can be a highly successful way to teach social studies, Washburn argues.
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Allow Free App Downloads Without Password Entry in iOS - OSXDaily

Allow Free App Downloads Without Password Entry in iOS - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You have likely noticed that downloading a free app from the iOS App Store triggers the ‘Enter Password’ dialog screen on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. While this is a valid precaution to prevent unauthorized users from installing apps onto an iOS device, it’s not always desired, particularly for shared iPads and iOS devices used by multiple users and kids.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students - @TechChef4U

The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students - @TechChef4U | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have spent most of educational technology career supporting secondary students. Projects and Presentations are always a plenty… but what I noticed is typically students have great presentations and poor content or great content and poor presentations.

 

“Rarely, are students able to deliver a compelling message in a visually stimulating and engaging way with purposeful use of media and graphics.” – Lisa Johnson


So… being Type A, a perfectionist, and someone that relies on visuals to communicate… I went a googling in order to create a comprehensive guide (and yes, I also staged a few Lego Minifigure pics in my back yard for emphasis too.)"

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