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Useful Apps to Create Diagrams, Doodles, and Sketches

Useful Apps to Create Diagrams, Doodles, and Sketches | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"So you want to do some doodling and sketching on your iPad. Well, we have some great apps to help you do that. We have meticulously selected some of the best iPad apps you can use to create diagrams, doodles, idea maps, sketches, and many more. It is all up to your creative powers. You can think about different ways to use these apps and we are pretty sure the end product will definitely look unique and special. You can also share this list with your students and let them try some of them in their projects. They will find them very useful."

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How To Make A Homemade Smartphone Projector - Viral Videos

How To Make A Homemade Smartphone Projector - Viral Videos | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Watching your favorite TV shows on Netflix and YouTube on your smartphone is great, but after a while looking down for so long can become tiring. If only there was an easy way to make your smartphone into your own movie theater… Well there is!

With just a cardboard box and magnifying glass, BuzzFeed explains how to make a homemade projector for smartphones that can turn any room into a theater. Genius!
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Powerful Primary Source Documents for iPad Readers - CassTechTips.com

Powerful Primary Source Documents for iPad Readers - CassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Primary source documents are powerful tools for engaging students with social studies content and informational text.  These artifacts can bring history to life for students who may feel disconnected from experiences of people long ago.  The Book of Negroes is the companion app to the multi-part television series.  It is a free download with content that covers a wide range of time and experiences.  This interactive app lets users of all ages follow a timeline, read informational text, and view documents and images.
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New versions of the Google Docs editor iOS apps

New versions of the Google Docs editor iOS apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
New versions of the Google Docs editor iOS apps are now available in the App Store. New features include:

Ability to make a copy of documents, spreadsheets and presentations 
Accessibility improvements in the Sheets app
Performance improvements in all apps
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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.
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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 15, 2014 3:12 AM

Another collection....

adartshaw's curator insight, October 15, 2014 7:46 AM

Lots of good articles!

Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, October 15, 2014 2:27 PM

Great resource for a 1:1 iPad classroom/school. However, this is a great model for any 1:1 setup. You truly need to consider the Teacher/Student/Parent paradigm when deciding on applications that enhance the learning environment. Where there is not workflow vision the people will perish. 

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WeAreTeachers: 15 Apps for the One iPad Classroom

WeAreTeachers: 15 Apps for the One iPad Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hooray! You have a brand new, shiny iPad to use in your classroom this year. 

Boo—there's only one iPad and 35 eager kids ready to use it. 

No need to worry—there are lots of amazing things you can do with a single iPad in your classroom, and it doesn't have to be a classroom management nightmare either.

Here are 15 of our favorite apps that work great with a one iPad setup AND help to keep kids on task and engaged with what you are learning
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How to Share Files, Photos & Links via Gmail on iOS - Jonathan Wylie

How to Share Files, Photos & Links via Gmail on iOS - Jonathan Wylie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the more popular posts on my blog of late was a post I wrote about how to make Gmail the default mail app on the iPad. It worked great, but it was a workaround and you couldn’t help but feel that there must be a better way. Well, today there is, because Google updated the Gmail app to make it do (almost) everything that you need it to do in order to use Gmail as your default mail app on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here’s what you need to know.
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Primary pupils becoming video stars in online book reviews - Independent.ie

Primary pupils becoming video stars in online book reviews - Independent.ie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It is an innovative way to encourage children to read. Irish primary schoolchildren are becoming book-show presenters and are posting reviews of their favourite novels online.
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Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 9:02 AM

Children presenting favourite books for other children always always works better than librarians sharing book tips. This is something that should be done even more. Something to develop with local schools?

Sharrock's curator insight, March 5, 11:59 AM

This is a cool idea. 

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How to pair your iPad with a Bluetooth Keyboard | iPad Insight

How to pair your iPad with a Bluetooth Keyboard | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Among the most successfully argued benefits of owning an iPad–mobility has always been near the top.  The ability to use your iPad as a replacement device for desktop or bulkier laptop computer definitely has it merits–as Federico Viticci illustrated quite effectively. Unfortunately, though, for this theory to work to it’s fullest potential you undoubtedly need to pair your iPad with your favorite Bluetooth keyboard.  Luckily there are no shortages of keyboards to choose from.  In fact, your toughest challenge for using your iPad as your primary productivity device might actually be in choosing the keyboard to use.
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Problem with iPad Zoom - Full Screen Changes to Window | iPad Academy

Problem with iPad Zoom - Full Screen Changes to Window | iPad Academy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I lead many workshops and other learning activities on how to use the iPad. For me (and my learners) one of the most valuable features of the iPad is my ability to zoom the screen while presenting. With my iPad connected to a projector, I can enlarge a portion of the screen to encourage the audience to focus on that content. Zooming also allows those in the back of the room to more clearly see what I’m trying to show. You’ll find the controls for zoom in Settings > General > Accessibility."

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Excellent Random Name Selector Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Random Name Selector Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Below is a list of some very good name selector apps for teachers. The idea of such a list was born out of an email we received from a teacher asking about some recommended apps in this regard. We did some online research (we started with AppCrawlr)  and came up with the titles below. Some of the things you can do with apps below include: randomly pick student names and teams, divide students into different groups, create random teams in class and many more:
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Success or failure is all in the implementation... so what works? Educate 1-to-1

Success or failure is all in the implementation... so what works? Educate 1-to-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
According to BESA’s 2013 report, 57% of Primary and 75% of Secondary schools plan on implementing a one-device-per-child strategy in the next few years. In most cases that will mean tablets and, again in most cases, that will mean iPads. It’s not unrealistic to estimate that for a 1000 pupil school, taking into account infrastructure, the total cost of such a project will approach £500,000. With so many investing so much in this approach, what do we know about how to make it work well?
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  
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Games in the Mathematics Classrooms: There’s an App for That! - Edutopia

Games in the Mathematics Classrooms: There’s an App for That! - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Last month, the Institute of Play released a 160-page whitepaper on successfully designing and implementing video games as classroom assessment tools. It is widely hoped that the Institute's study, along with further research by SRI, will prove conclusively that cognitive skills are significantly improved by playing educational video games. This was not news to the math education community, which has known about the benefits of games in the classroom for a long time. Back in 2004, a study by Tisa Lach and Lynae Sakshaug had already shown that middle school students made significant improvements in algebraic reasoning, spatial sense, and problem-solving abilities after playing biweekly sessions of popular tabletop games such as Connect Four, Mastermind, Rush Hour, and Guess Who."

 

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 3, 4:22 PM

Think and Play...

Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 5, 7:27 AM

should be fun...

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15 amazing features in Google Apps you probably don't know about - Business Insider

15 amazing features in Google Apps you probably don't know about - Business Insider | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Google has big plans for its Microsoft Office killer, Google Apps. It hopes to nab 80% of Office users away from Microsoft.

To do that, Google isn't just matching some of Microsoft's Office's best features, it is adding a bunch of cool features of its own. Some of them can be pretty hard to find. So we asked Google to send us a list of some the best little-known features in Google Apps (plus we threw in a few of our own)
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Free Technology for Teachers: Great Tools for Informal Assessment

Free Technology for Teachers: Great Tools for Informal Assessment | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This afternoon at the NCTIES 2015 conference I gave a short, interactive presentation on tools and strategies for conducting informal assessments in your classroom. Included in the presentation were demonstrations of Plickers, Kahoot, and SeeSaw. I also shared the idea of taking advantage of recording options on cell phones to have students record short video and audio messages about their understanding of a concept. The slides from that presentation are embedded below.
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Using Layar to bring info to life - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts

Using Layar to bring info to life - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Layar is a system that allows you to turn flat 2 dimensional images into augmented reality versions in a really simple way. If you have existing displays you can simply add in video, audio or social media links to it. Follow the link to their site for more info on their system. Once the digital copy is created you simply view it through their app and the image comes to life."

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Edgaged: Word Wall Words and Chatterpix

Edgaged: Word Wall Words and Chatterpix | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Kindergarten students absolutely love to express their learning using an iPad. Touch enabled devices, whether Android or iOS, give them the opportunity to utilize digital tools at a very efficient rate. Combine it with the ability to share through Google Drive, and you have a powerful learning experience as students can view their classmate's work in a shared folder. 
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5 Great iPad Apps for Running Surveys and Polls in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great iPad Apps for Running Surveys and Polls in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Surveys and polls can serve a wide variety of educational purposes. As a teacher, you can use them to initiate quick formative assessments, gather informal feedback on your students learning, run mock exams, learn about students interests and learning pace to mention a few. You can also use them to evaluate your own teaching strategies and gain an insider look into your instruction. Upon your request, we have compiled some of the best iPad apps you can use to create  surveys and polls. Check out the list below and as always, share with us what you think of it.
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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For educators who are interested in using games for learning – specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards — here are five games students can enjoy that we’ve found sync with standards.
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How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily

How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Rarely, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will become completely unresponsive and errant, leading to what amounts to a frozen device that just won’t do anything. The most obvious indicator of this is when something on screen just cease up completely and the touch screen becomes unresponsive to all input, and clicking on any of the hardware buttons also does nothing. Fortunately you can almost always remedy these unusual situations by forcibly rebooting the iOS device, a low tech solution that works to remedy most of these issues, it only takes a few seconds, and which is really pretty easy.
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App #57: Blue Planet Tales - Teaching with iPad - REVIEW

App #57: Blue Planet Tales - Teaching with iPad - REVIEW | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Blue Planet Tales, an app for teaching history and science in schools.


“If we teach kids history and science in the conventional way, they soon grow bored and run from it. But if we teach them with the advantages of new technologies, they learn better and want to know more.”

This statement was made by the University of California, and the start-up Blue Planet Tales has put it into practice by turning each history, science and nature lesson into an interactive story so children learn by reading, playing and having fun."

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5 Good iPad Apps to Gather Students Feedback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Good iPad Apps to Gather Students Feedback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago we published a list of  8 web tools teachers can use to formatively assess students. As you know, formative assessment consists of mini-quizzes and short tests geared towards gathering feedback about students learning. Teachers usually draw on insights gleaned from these assessments to inform their teaching and identify  opportunities for  further instruction.

For those of you who have already integrated iPad in their instruction, the apps below are worth considering. You can use them in class to gather feedback, run quick formative assessments, initiate instant question polls and many more. Most of these apps are also available for Android users.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 75 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 75 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A few months ago I started to create how-to videos on a more regular basis. I've been adding those videos to a YouTube playlist that I call Practical Ed Tech Tips. This morning I added the 75th video to that playlist. The video covers a wide range of topics including storyboarding, audio recording tools, blogging tools and tips, and a whole lot more. The playlist is embedded below.
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Screen mirroring: is streaming software or a hardware solution right for your school? Educate 1-to-1

Screen mirroring: is streaming software or a hardware solution right for your school? Educate 1-to-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - Educate 1-to-1Getting the screens of teachers’ and pupils’ devices to mirror wirelessly on the classroom’s display unlocks a number of educational gains. It can be achieved either through a piece of streaming software running on a computer, or using a dedicated hardware solution (of which AppleTV is the most well-known example).

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The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius

The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Since there’s such a push to bring apps into the classroom, it’s time to figure out which ones are right for you. I threw together this cheat sheet to choosing education apps that will hopefully help you quickly choose what works (and what doesn’t).

So what are some of the best education apps for active learning? What are the top ways to get students actively engaged and interacting with one another? There are some seriously amazing iPad apps that are terrific for project-based learning, active engagement, and even flipped classrooms.

This cheat sheet will help – but first let’s run through the questions you see in the visual.
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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 3, 4:26 PM

Nice graphic outlining steps to streamline app adoption for iPads in the classroom.