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A Principal's Perspective: Getting The Most Out of Classroom iPads

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For the first two months of school, "When are the iPads going to be handed out?" was a continual mantra from students and teachers.
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Five BIG Themes for 2016 iPad Learning - Teaching with iPad @SLY111 @EDUWELLS

Five BIG Themes for 2016 iPad Learning - Teaching with iPad @SLY111 @EDUWELLS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure once again to work together with Richard Wells from New Zealand. He recently reworked his website from iPadwells.com to eduwells.com. Give it a look if you haven't checked it out lately!

2016 has arrived and iPad pedagogy has moved a long way in 6 years. Having iPads in your classroom is no longer about which exciting apps you can all use but more about empowering your students to discover and share their own iPad solutions for every situation. This requires collaboration between peers and a flexible mindset held by all in the room, including the teacher. It’s about building on new habits held by young people to connect, create and share their learning. It’s also about keeping in-touch with new developments to ensure our young people are ready for a rapidly changing world. Think less about teaching delivery or a “one-app-fits-all” model, and more about 21st century habits, and the development of an innovative mindset. (See this book for more details on this)

We hope these help!

Richard & Steve
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Math teacher Laura Kretschmar gave students a rubric with specific goals around collaboration, communication and instructions to use various functions in the program, but not a lot else. She’s intentionally giving them a lot of freedom to play with the program, create cool designs and figure out what the functions do.

“I think “y” means, like, going up,” says Juritzy Maldonado. “So to pull it up, I’m going to try to change the number.” She punches in 200 for “y” and watches the image she’s creating shift upward. Another group discovers that if they hit “repeat” multiple times, they can create a parachute-like design that they’ve figured out how to color in various ways. That wasn’t their original plan, but they’re running with it now.
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Angela Maiers - Announcing "Mad About Mattering"

Angela Maiers - Announcing "Mad About Mattering" | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Such a simple phrase, but an incredibly powerful message. The first step to helping students reach their true potential is so show them how much they matter—to you, to themselves, and to the world.

I am so thrilled and honored to announce a new Choose2Matter partnership with two incredible innovators: Educator Vicki Davis of “Every Classroom Matters” and the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and MAD-Learn, an organization who uses mobile app development to improve student and classroom participation.

We’re calling our project “MAD About Mattering,” and I can’t wait to get started! MAD About Mattering is a collaborative app-building challenge that is going to bring students together to create apps that will change the world for the better. By asking students to identify their heartbreak, we’re inviting them to work together to develop innovative solutions to spark real and lasting change in our world."

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Digital storytelling on an iPad by Diana Benner

Give students the skills to narrate their own writing while creating engaging presentations and videos. Take a look at the process of creating and presenting d…

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Martha Lackey, starden, Yuly Asencion
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Improving Schools Through Design Thinking - Edutopia

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving that begins with developing empathy for those facing a particular challenge. It serves as a framework that helps to define problems, empathize with others, develop prototypes of possible solutions, and hone those prototypes through multiple iterations until they have generated a viable solution to the challenge at hand. Design thinking encourages a bias toward action and, because of its reliance on rapid prototyping, frees practitioners to embrace the notion of failing forward because it's OK to make mistakes -- that's where breakthrough ideas are born.

While a growing number of schools around the world are using design thinking in classrooms and empowering students to solve authentic challenges as part of an inquiry-based curriculum, this powerful process can also be used to improve the overall school experience. Many successful businesses embrace design thinking to improve their products and enhance their customers' experiences to great effect. Why, then, would we not do the same with our schools? As a school administrator, I've seen design thinking effectively used to improve daily operations as well as enhance both the in-class and out-of-class experiences for teachers, students, and parents.
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Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 4, 1:07 PM

In Classroom after Flipped preparation!!

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 5, 1:25 PM

Critical thinking and real problem solving to facilitate learning. Engage your learners!

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50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 - TeachThought

50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Every year, we put together a collection of what we believe are the best teaching and learning apps for that year. (Here, for example, is our 2015 version of the list below, where you will notice about half the apps are the same, and half have changed. That’s not bad for progress, is it?

This year, we were asked by the good folks at Easelly (the infographic and visual data platform) to create a collection of resources that while including their apps, would curate a lot of good stuff teachers would benefit from in 2016. Since we were preparing to release our TeachThought Editor’s Choice: 2016 Best Teaching and Learning Apps–and have used Easelly for years ourselves–we combined the two projects to give you something you can use to guide your #edtech integration this year.

Additionally, Easelly has created a free eBook–How to Use Easel.ly in your Classroom–which is a useful tool for teachers integrating Common Core standards, for example, which call for students to work with different mediums to extract key ideas and data. (See Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology, for example.)

We’re going to share our criteria for making these kinds of judgments in a separate post on evaluating edtech. In the meantime, here are the results, a subjective list of 50 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2016.
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What I Learned in #HourofCode | Tech Learning

What I Learned in #HourofCode | Tech Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

`/coding /makered /makeredmb"A week ago, I didn’t think I knew anything about code. I could handle HTML and tinker with javascript, but my technology interests have always been in classroom implementation. So for me, #HourofCode is a new experience, and one that I had sort of turned a blind eye towards before. I knew the big idea--introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and accessible way, but hasn’t been a part of it before. While I recognize that coding could be meaningful in my English classroom, it was never a priority for me, and I simply didn’t think I had the time. 

 

One of my goals this year is to try new things and step out of my technological comfort zone. I want to learn more about STEM, coding, maker spaces, and everything else in our ever-growing field of edtech, both for me and for my students. So this year, when two of my colleagues in the math department offered to help facilitate lessons, I jumped right in. And it was great. 

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Charli Wiggill's curator insight, February 4, 11:18 AM

A great endorsement!

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We're Looking for Student-Made Contraptions! Spotkin - Contraption Maker

We're Looking for Student-Made Contraptions! Spotkin - Contraption Maker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We're excited to have given away Contraption Maker to over 650 schools across the world.  Teachers reach out to us all the time with the wonderful ways kids are using Contraption Maker.  We love seeing student work, and we want to showcase more of it on our website.  That's why we're doing a call for student-created Contraption Maker machines!
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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.
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Vera Weber's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:43 PM

These are wonderful suggestions for engaging students with iPads that offer opportunities to create in a multitude of intelligences..

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, October 26, 2015 7:37 PM

Great resource list to have.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 5, 5:21 AM

J'aime bien la variété des sources.

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How to Disable Contacts Found in Mail in iOS - OSXDaily

How to Disable Contacts Found in Mail in iOS - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The latest versions of iOS support a feature which scans a users mailboxes for contacts and contact information. While this feature can be really helpful in potentially identifying callers and contacts, it can also lead to erroneous information being filled in to your address book contact cards, erroneous assumptions about callers, and even improper suggestions in the Mail app. For example, perhaps you’ve opened someones contact card and discovered an incorrect and random entry for email or phone with a “(found in Mail)” text appended next to it – that’s this iOS feature in action.
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Artbots TimeLapse @ryan_library - @GravesColleen #makered

This week @Ryan_Library we made some robots that create art and we created art with robots. Check out our Scribblebots we made and the art we made with Sphero! Thanks to the Tickle App for easy programming. And thanks to my students who decided to create a time lapse video! Hope you enjoy! Thanks to Mission Giant for the song "Lazer Daze of Summer!"
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(Lesson 1) Build Your Own Lightsaber (BYOL) Lab, Introduction: Introduction

"Learn to build your own Lightsaber just like young Jedi do! Along the way, learn about electronics, basic machining, assembly, and the ways of the Jedi. By the end of the lab, you will have built a functioning, battle-ready Lightsaber that you can wield like a master Jedi. This class is highly engaging and will have you anxious to build! This course also makes for a great parent-child project to do over the weekend or as an enrichment activity for your son/daughter. The online delivery of the course makes it a perfect option for home schooled children as well. 
What will I learn?"

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 4, 1:30 PM

It's not a cheap classroom project but but what fun!!

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Hack the Classroom | Coding - Leah Obach @LeahO77

"During the digital conference held January 30th, inspiring educators and thought leaders shared their ideas during the Hack the Classroom digital conference. 

For more information on how Leah Obach went from not knowing anything about coding, to hacking her grade 1 classroom, view a recording of the digital event here: È

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/events/hack-the-classroom/default.aspx?__b0a232f8=_b0a232f8 

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Dash & Dot Show 14: Fancy Pants Dance Advance via @KrissyVenosdale

Watch Dash & Dot show off some fancy dance moves! https://www.makewonder.com/apps/wonder #makewonder

 

Let us know what types of adventures you’d like see in future shows by posting a comment or emailing us at ideas@makewonder.com."

 

Watch all the episodes of the Dash & Dot Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1v8L1Jzl24&list=PLXSgvv3NnVuSYP9aZJOWPnkbVkxIAuoTX ;

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The vast amount of creativity and learning that has gone into the creation of these videos is astounding! Awesome work everyone!! - JE

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What Colleges Can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to Their Libraries

What Colleges Can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to Their Libraries | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Libraries are one of the fastest-evolving learning spaces. As many resources move online, and teachers require students to collaborate more and demonstrate their learning, librarians are trying to keep up. Some are even spearheading the changes. Public libraries have led the effort to provide access to 21st century technologies and learning resources, but now university and K-12 libraries are beginning to catch up. Makerspaces are one way a few groundbreaking libraries are trying to provide equal access to exciting technologies and skills.
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The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The maker movement and maker education are becoming very popular in school and after school settings, libraries, and community centers. If making is to go beyond something that is just fun to do while doing it, then reflection can and should be used to help insure that the knowledge, skills, dispositions, attitudes, and values learned through individual making sessions are transferred to other settings."

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UPDATED: 20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps - Edutopia

UPDATED: 20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We have now been Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for three years, and boy, do the students bring it. They bring it all! We have iPads, Surface, iPhones, Droids, Chromebooks, Macs, and PC laptops. Here's my current thinking. Please share yours in the comments section below.
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Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education, I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 20, 2015 12:55 PM

Luego de una irrupción muy fuerte del internet y del mundo digital en nuestra vidas aparece el "maker movement" como una nueva tendencia social que pretende construir ese puente entre el mundo real y el digital (internet de las cosas). No se trata de la reminiscencia de la era del hobbista, se trata de un proceso mucho más complejo donde las nuevas tecnologías, el diseño, la programación, la electrónica confluyen en un sólo espacio para interactuar con el entorno de una manera nunca antes vista. 

 

Norton Gusky's curator insight, Today, 7:36 AM

Great examples curated by Jackie Gerstein.

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CurioCity - Where Science Matters

CurioCity - Where Science Matters | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
CurioCity by Let’s Talk Science is your go-to place for free, curriculum-based, classroom-ready resources for Grades 8-12 (Secondary II-V) on a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related issues in English and French.
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Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - School LibI didn’t think 2015 would be the year I created a teen maker space, but it was—and it turned out to be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. After six months of planning, our maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio, where I am the YA services coordinator, opened last month.


How did it come together? Organically. It began during our teen summer reading program seven months ago, when I hosted a few extremely popular Maker Mondays. Our children’s librarian, Debbie Baker, and I created a collection of circulating maker-related titles. We also assembled 20 small circulating maker kits with Snap Circuits (kits for creating objects with electronic circuitry), stop-motion animation materials, and LEGO. These were such a hit that a dedicated maker space seemed ideal for us. Ideal—until we considered our budget and space restraints.


We started planning anyway. Our process began with a lot of research, online and in person, visiting libraries and maker faires. There was heavy-duty continuing ed: online workshops and webinars, many hosted by School Library Journal. We knew that a maker space would benefit our community, but we couldn’t see how to make it happen. With time and goal adjustments, we reached the finish line and launched in January."

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ISTE: Infographic: Make your learning fun and games

ISTE: Infographic: Make your learning fun and games | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Game-based learning is moving into the mainstream as more platforms become available and more educators recognize the benefits of increased student engagement and achievement. On top of that, research shows some interesting side benefits. For instance, surgeons who play video games are 27 percent faster at advanced surgical procedures and make 37 percent fewer errors than colleagues who don’t play.

Educators can incorporate game elements, such as rewards and engagement, into learning in two ways: games and gamification.
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5 Ways to Celebrate Engineers Week - KitHub

5 Ways to Celebrate Engineers Week - KitHub | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
February 21st -27th 2016 is National Engineers Week! Get ready by planning how you’ll celebrate the week with our top 5 suggestions:
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(9) of the most useful Safari shortcuts on the iPad - iPadInsight

(9) of the most useful Safari shortcuts on the  iPad - iPadInsight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t love a great shortcut?  If there’s an easier way to accomplish a task on my iPad or iPhone, I’m all for it. One of the apps I use the most on my iPad is Safari. From browsing the internet, to blogging on iPad Insight, to managing my finances, Safari on the iPad is a workhorse for me. There are many shortcuts that make your experience on Safari more enjoyable and easier to navigate., While some of these shortcuts might be known to many of us, hopefully you will find a few in this list that haven’t previously known.
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New Things I've Tried: Empowering Girl Makers: Infographic - Jill Dawson

New Things I've Tried: Empowering Girl Makers: Infographic - Jill Dawson | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I created this infographic, titled Empowering GIRL Makers, for my Instructional Design class at Marlboro College. Since I have been thinking about girls and e-Textiles lately, I thought that this was a fitting topic to explore more deeply.
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Season 2: Episode 10 – Invent to Learn – Interview with Sylvia Martinez [Podcast]

Season 2: Episode 10 – Invent to Learn – Interview with Sylvia Martinez [Podcast] | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"In this episode, we are excited for you to hear from Sylvia Martinez co- author of Invent to Learn along with Gary Stager.  Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement.

Here is what we talked about:

*     What is the beautiful question behind Invent to Learn?


*     Why making and how does it fit into what we know about how people learn?


*     Clarify some terminology for us – making, tinkering and engineering – and how can an understanding of these three ways of doing lead to what you describe as a “great project”?


*      In your book, you talk about the three game changers – fabrication, computing, and programming. How can these game changers revolutionize education?


*     Why do we need to reshape our learning environment?


*     How might the maker movement reignite progressive education?


*     Tell us about the PAECT book chat you are doing this winter.


*     What beautiful questions are you currently thinking about?"

 

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