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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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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review - Te@chThought

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Franklin Academy High School implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment a the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the next two school years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades 9-12 in the high school. This deployment has reached 475 high school students and all teaching staff. Our K-8 program deployed iPads across the grade levels in the form of class sets and mobile carts.

This study targeted our 1:1 deployment at the high school to investigate the impact the device has had on teaching and learning. The survey used to gather the student data was administered in April of 2014. Students included in the survey used the device anywhere from 1 to 4 years. The students use the iPad while at school and home.

Results of the survey hope to shed light on the impact the use of the iPad has had on academic gains as well as the development of the most important non-cognitive skills our program is founded upon.
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3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer's job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can  use these animations to create and share tutorials,  presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three  of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:
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TRANSFORM YOUR LIBRARY WITH MAKING -Google Hangout - Oct. 22, 2014 ISTE Librarians Network

TRANSFORM YOUR LIBRARY WITH MAKING -Google Hangout - Oct. 22, 2014  ISTE Librarians Network | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Be sure to join us for a Google+ Hangout and Twitter chat on October 22 at 8 PM EST. Our guest will be Diana Rendina and the topic will be makerspaces in your school library. The hashtag for the...
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Google Released Two New Updates to iPad Google Drive Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Released Two New Updates to iPad Google Drive Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Today, Google announced through its Google Drive page on Google Plus some new features to its iOS apps : Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, when you open these apps on your iPad you will be able to access all the files and docs shared with you through a tab labelled "Incoming". The second update to these apps is about enabling users to easily and seamlessly edit docs on iPad and also allowing them to apply headings and use shortcuts when typing with bluetooth keyboards.
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Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help - OSXDaily

Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Though the iOS 8.1 update includes many bug fixes that resolve some of the frustrating annoyances that popped up in earlier versions, a handful of users have experienced something else with iOS 8.1; quickly reducing battery life. No, we’re not talking about shaving a few minutes off how long your iPad or iPhone lasts, we’re talking dramatically reduced battery life with rapid draining.
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Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom | Edudemic

Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Many top educators and administrators view the idea of a paperless classroom as an inevitability in education. In today’s digital age, these educators believe that a paperless classroom promotes a more efficient and organized classroom while preparing students for the practical world outside classroom walls. In other words, if every facet of life is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, then why not equip students accordingly?

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student’s and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time,” said esteemed author and educator David Warlick. “It is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”

This sentiment is shared by many educators, administrators, and parents in the educational community, and for good reason. However, implementing a plan through technological mediums still necessitates the same care and mindfulness of creating a conventional lesson plan, and transitioning to online platforms isn’t without its own unique hurdles.
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Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com

Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am a proud geek and father of three young children. I taught myself to code Basic at the age of 12 on my father’s Commodore 64, and I actively encourage my children to be enthused by the notion of building with digital tools. But I don’t necessarily agree with the notion that every child must learn how to code.
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Sally Tilley's curator insight, October 22, 5:58 PM

A brilliant insight into what really matters when giving kids / parents opportunities to delve into the world of programming, thanks Christian Hernandez!

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Code, Program or both?

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, Today, 7:25 AM

Have been reading a lot about coding lately. "programming" as opposed to "coding"

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Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com

Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Doctor Who’s latest adventure sees him teaming up with a Dalek and trying to save the universe, but also teaching children some early computer programming skills.

This isn’t a TV show, however: it’s a game due to launch on Wednesday 22 October on the broadcaster’s CBBC website. The Doctor and the Dalek includes voice narration from current Doctor Peter Capaldi, and a new story by Phil Ford, who has written for the TV show.
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Are Cell Phone Bans Worth the Trouble? -- THE Journal

Are Cell Phone Bans Worth the Trouble? -- THE Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A year ago, cell phones weren't permitted in Garland Independent School District (TX) buildings during the school day. The first time a principal or teacher caught a student with a phone, the student could pay $15 to get it back or talk a parent into coming and picking it up. The second time, there was no choice: The parent had to pick up the phone and pay the fine. Garland was not alone in frowning on phones. According to a 2013 Project Tomorrow survey, 32 percent of districts had policies prohibiting the use of personal mobile devices by students. That same survey, though, showed that attitudes were shifting. In 2010, 25 percent of principals said they were likely to allow or already allowed students to use personal mobile devices in school; in 2013 the number was 51 percent.

Over time, Garland's executive director of technology Jim Hysaw came to agree with the 51 percent. Why? Because he faced the stark reality that his district couldn't keep students from using their cell phones at school — even if it wanted to. So, like districts across the country, Garland had to answer the question: Would it adapt or would it continue to fight a losing battle? That question led to more (and more difficult) questions: If you're ready to lift the ban on student devices on your campus, how do you do it and what will the consequences be?
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iOS 8.1 is out, and here's everything that's changed - iMore

iOS 8.1 is out, and here's everything that's changed - iMore | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 8.1 was released a short time ago. Among the hallmark features are the addition of Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with new features and functionality like MMS/SMS Handoff support on supported Macs. There's a lot of other stuff besides. Here's the complete list, according to Apple's release notes:
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REVIEW: An Amazingly Interactive Whiteboard with Explain Everything - FRACTUS LEARNING

REVIEW: An Amazingly Interactive Whiteboard with Explain Everything - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Explain Everything is a hugely popular app with students and educators (1.5 million) that can be used as an extremely versatile interactive whiteboard.
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REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic

REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Used by more than one million teachers worldwide, TeacherKit is a classroom management app that easily organizes classes and manages grades and students. The app comes in 13 languages and is compatible with all Windows devices as well as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
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Great STEM Conversations About Perimeter in MinecraftEDU - Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Great STEM Conversations About Perimeter in MinecraftEDU - Moving at the Speed of Creativity | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Today was a great day in our grade 4-5 STEM classroom. Last year I used MinecraftEDU with my students for several different lessons, and I tried a “perimeter and area building challenge,” but this year I’m much more pleased with the quality of conversations I’m having with students about these geometric concepts in a simplified and modified version of that lesson I’m calling our “Geometry MinecraftEDU Challenge.” These photos of whiteboard math from today’s classes may look messy, but they represent some SUPER conversations with my students who were figuring out the different ways they could build a corral in MinecraftEDU that has an EXACT perimeter of 24 blocks.
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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers - East Bay Maker Faire

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers - East Bay Maker Faire | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 "My interest is not only as a parent, but as an educator. I work at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and our mission is to help improve the learning process by sharing “what works” in education. Over the years I have seen a lot of solid and innovative practices that are transforming how our kids learn. But the one that I am the most excited about is making. Here are 5 reasons why."

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asli telli's curator insight, Today, 5:16 AM

Who is interested in making marvelous mistakes?

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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This recent example aside, the idea that games can be fun and educational is starting to take hold in the educational community.  That these fun learning games can come in the form of games like Minecraft, rather than “skill and drill” games is icing on the cake for students and teachers.  The number of recent popular press articles heralding a rising trend of digital game use in the classroom has made the team at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center wonder: just how common is this practice?  And further, which teachers are choosing to use digital games in their teaching, what particular goals do they have for that game use, and what kinds of outcomes are they observing among their students?

With these questions in mind the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed nearly 700 K-8 teachers about their use of digital games in their teaching (a follow-up to a similar survey we conducted in 2012 with BrainPop). I wanted to share a few of the highlights from our full set of findings.
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Canva - Poster Making on iPads - Class Tech Tips

Canva - Poster Making on iPads - Class Tech Tips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads!  Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app.  You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art.  Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!
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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Although Evernote already is a fairly well-known app, very few educators realize its potential building and sharing student portfolios. Having a well-organized e-portfolio is important: It can follow students from one grade to the next and prepare them to record their future accomplishments.

There are plenty of ways to create an e-portfolio, and we feel Evernote is the best. Not only is it a feature-rich platform, but its free price tag also makes it a cost-effective solution for even the most frugal classrooms.
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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote I Edudemic

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A Simple iPad Model For Teaching - Te@chThought

A Simple iPad Model For Teaching - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Summary: What Am I Looking At?

The model identifies four primary pieces of teaching.

1. Activities

2. Content

3. Assessment 

4. Personal

As communicated, it defines the function of the iPad in education as sitting somewhere in the overlap between Activities, Content, and Assessment. Resting between Activities and Content is course materials–the learning experiences designed by teachers for students to access content. The iPad–with apps like The Elements, Waste Land, The Alice App, and more–certainly excels here.
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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.
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Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, October 21, 5:42 PM

Easy fix for some kids, not everyone can sit for 84 minutes. What ever it takes for kids to learn, I am all for it!

LET Team's curator insight, October 22, 4:27 AM

Timely article. 

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Apps to discover and learn more about classical music- Macworld

Apps to discover and learn more about classical music- Macworld | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Classical music is proving to withstand the tests of time, so you might be wondering how an app can help get you more in touch with this rich, inspiring art form. Sure, you may already consider yourself a classical music buff, but there’s always more you can learn about how orchestras work, or how certain classical works are constructed. Or perhaps you enjoy classical music and want to immerse yourself into the genre some more, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you have kids, and you want to introduce them to classical music in a fun way.

I looked at a number of apps—and some books—that can help you with any of those scenarios. Whether you’re a novice to the genre, or a seasoned musician, you’ll find something that will help you discover and learn more about great music.
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How to install iOS 8.1 on your iPhone and iPad — Even if you're low on storage!

How to install iOS 8.1 on your iPhone and iPad — Even if you're low on storage! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 8.1 will run on iPhone 4s and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPod touch 5. If you have enough available storage space on your device, you can install it using Software Update. If you're already running iOS 8, storage shouldn't be a problem. If you're still on iOS 7, you'll have to pay closer attention and may need to update using iTunes instead.
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Pam Anderson's curator insight, October 21, 11:04 AM

I know that storage runs low as we use our iPads and iPhones more and more as cameras and download more and more apps.  Now maybe I don't have to spend time deciding which apps and pictures to delete just so I can upgrade to the latest iOS. Just hook up to iTunes on your computer.  It's so simple I forgot I could do it!

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Easily Turn Pictures Into 3D Models with This Free iPad App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Easily Turn Pictures Into 3D Models with This Free iPad App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Somebody asked me about a good iPad app to turn pictures into 3D.123D Catch is the one I would recommend. This is a free app that allows you to easily capture pictures and turn them into interactive 3D models that can be shared with others. Some of the features provided by 123D Catch include..."

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How Siri became an autistic boy's best friend

How Siri became an autistic boy's best friend | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For Gus, Siri is more than just a virtual assistant, more than just a sequential inference engine that listens to him and answers his questions. Gus is autistic, and Siri has become something akin to his friend.
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Five Ways to Use the Camera On Your Classroom iPad - Technology In Early Childhood

Five Ways to Use the Camera On Your Classroom iPad - Technology In Early Childhood | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So the camera on the classroom iPad is turning out to be one of the most useful features for us! It’s so easy to use, and so easy to share pictures that we’re turning to it more and more often. Here are five ways that we or other teachers we know have used the iPad camera in the classroom.
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