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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Dice - An Order of Operations Activity for iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Dice - An Order of Operations Activity for iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"5 Dice https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5-dice-order-operations-game/id572774867?ls=1&mt=8 is a nice iPad app that I recently learned about through David Kapuler. The purpose of the app is to provide students with a place to practice and develop their understanding of the order of operations."
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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners - @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners.  I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

I usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners.  I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. For their robotics hour each week, I am giving them the following choices with their goal of using five of the robotics to complete five of the tasks provided.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 29, 4:26 PM
All new to me and I have no experience with any of this but I am certain that kids will love the experience. This project describes working with very capable students in an extracurricular program.
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CurioCity - @LetsTalkScience

CurioCity - @LetsTalkScience | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"CurioCity is now better than ever! We've improved the favouriting and list making tools so you can now share your lists and favourite resources with others! This update also puts all of your favourited resources from IdeaPark, CurioCity and Tomatosphere in one central location called "My Resources", which is great news for Educators who work with many different age groups. Check it out today by logging into explorecuriocity.org"
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How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students - Digital Promise

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community. We are excited to share their story as the second in our series of Maker Promise videos. We were also excited to share that video with Mark Ray, Director of Innovation and Library Services in Vancouver Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education, and to record his reactions in conversation with Gaelyn Jenkins, the school librarian featured in the video (and recently named South Carolina PTA Middle School Teacher of the Year). The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.
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27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students

27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we have been working on over this weekend. This is a collection of some good math apps curated from iTunes App Store specifically for elementary students and young learners. The apps provides students with a wide variety of educational games, hands-on activities, and challenging exercises to help them enhance their math skills and develop solid mathematical thinking. Links are included in the table under the visual.
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Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The students in Molly James’s kindergarten classroom were tasked with creating a mathematical art gallery. They had each drawn a number and then searched for two types objects they could use to compose a visual number sentence — such as two rulers plus three scissors to equal five objects.

After photographing and mounting their pictures on the wall in numerical order, the students sat on the floor with their sketchbooks and began to draw and talk. “I had expected them to learn something about number composition,” James said, “but I didn’t expect the remarkable observations they began to have about the photographs.” For example, when one girl looked at a picture of two red scissors and three blue scissors (2+3=5), she noticed that the direction of the handles gave rise to a new number sentence: 4 scissors pointing left + 1 scissor pointing right = 5 scissors.

James, who recently published a paper about creativity in the classroom, said moments like these remind her that “creativity is not fluff or an add-on, but is instead an essential part of what it means to be a mathematician.”  In fact, she believes creativity is the key to helping her students become confident and skilled mathematical thinkers.
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Old Man's Journey: Everything you need to know - iMore

Old Man's Journey: Everything you need to know - iMore | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Old Man's Journey is a point-and-click adventure game from the indie game studio known as Broken Rules. The game hit the App Store in May 2017 and quickly garnered praise, by both critics and players, for its amazing visuals and superb storytelling.

While I don't want to dive too deep into what the game is all about, thus robbing you of the experience it provides, I can give you a quick look at what's in store for you inside the game. Here's everything you need to know about Old Man's Journey.
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The 2017 Stewart Maker Fair: A Unique Showcase of Awesome - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

The 2017 Stewart Maker Fair: A Unique Showcase of Awesome - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
2017 was my fourth year of holding a Maker Fair at Stewart Middle Magnet School (see 2016, 2015 and 2014 for the previous ones).  This year, my students had to put together everything for our Maker Fair in an extra short period of time, since the school year ended early.  They rose to the challenge with some amazing, interactive projects and activities.

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Creativity will be the source of our next industrial revolution, not machines

Creativity will be the source of our next industrial revolution, not machines | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Growth in the first industrial revolution was driven by engineering, the second through electricity and production lines, and the third by technology and information. The modern economies that will undergo a fourth industrial revolution will not be those that worship machines, but those that support human creativity. When we understand how people think and work best, we will be compelled to put our workers’ well-being first in the name of both health and economic productivity.
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Learning in a Makerspace - Fractus Learning

Learning in a Makerspace - Fractus Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Makerspace is both a physical and virtual space which provides a community with a place to play, build, invent, experiment, design and create prototypes. New tools and technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters and …
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Drones Can Be Fun—and Educational

Drones Can Be Fun—and Educational | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Updated May 2017 


"Peering up, a teacher asked me, “What are we going to use it for?” as I flew our shiny new drone up between the umbrellas on the quad, past the roof of the gym, and into the low scattered clouds. The camera projected back to my iPhone, and I could see the newly planted trees in our quad, the only green for miles in the Mondrian concrete grid that is our local community.

The students and teachers in the quad all looked up too, shielding their eyes to see the drone fly. Our custodians pulled up in their cart, and my assistant principal whooped like one of the middle schoolers on my campus.

It’s my job this year to answer questions like the one above. As a teacher on special assignment currently serving as curriculum coordinator for my school, I get to learn what’s coming our way and devise methods of implementation. I specialize in technology and project-based learning, and I began thinking about implementing the drone immediately upon hearing that our district had purchased it.

And I’m not the only one thinking about this issue. In the book Drones in Education, the International Society for Technology in Education touts the engagement factor but also sees academic potential in using drones. To guide schools to successfully implement the technology, the book promotes the SOAR model, which stands for Safety (ethics and legal use), Operation (flight and maintenance), Active learning (engagement in problem solving), and Research (practical applications)."

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Like the author I've seen great educational uses for drones. 
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3 Ways Learning A New Language Helps Your Brain–Even If You Never Get Fluent

3 Ways Learning A New Language Helps Your Brain–Even If You Never Get Fluent | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Remember your seventh-grade Spanish class? Of course you do. But do you remember anything from it? You might’ve left off language-learning with decent proficiency at some point in your educational career, only to forget most of it with disuse in the years since. But picking up where you left off–or backtracking to the very beginning–isn’t a bad idea as an adult. In fact, trying to learn (or relearn) a language as an adult can help your brain in ways that spill over into the rest of your working life–even if you never actually become fluent. Here’s how.
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How Much Screen Time? That’s the Wrong Question

How Much Screen Time? That’s the Wrong Question | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Mobile devices have the potential to provide amazing learning opportunities as well as great distractions. They can further social interactions to help us build stronger connections in our communities, or allow us to destroy relationships by hiding behind a screen. In the book The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education, authors Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge describe three essential skills for surviving in a society increasingly dominated by internet-enabled devices: focusing on ourselves, tuning in to others, and understanding the larger world. While the authors apply these concepts to the broader field of social and emotional learning, these same foci also apply as we address the issue of screen time with our students and children."

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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical training. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial for children and adults alike, and may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries.

“Music probably does something unique,” explains neuropsychologist Catherine Loveday of the University of Westminster. “It stimulates the brain in a very powerful way, because of our emotional connection with it.”

Playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience that involves integrating information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements, and learning to do so can induce long-lasting changes in the brain. Professional musicians are highly skilled performers who spend years training, and they provide a natural laboratory in which neuroscientists can study how such changes – referred to as experience-dependent plasticity – occur across their lifespan."

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"While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits"

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How to Protect Students From Fake News | Edudemic

How to Protect Students From Fake News | Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those raised in the information age, life without the internet is no life at all. It is often a primary focus of a teen’s day (75% of teens are online several times per day) and an important means by which they communicate with the world and take in new information. While information can be found in various sources across the internet, an overwhelming majority of teens and pre-teens tend to gather their information from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A 2015 report by the Media Insights Project found that the majority of surveyed Millennials (aged 18-34) cited Facebook as their sole or primary source of key news and other information.
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Additive Manufacturing: Complete Overview & Introduction | All3DP

Additive Manufacturing: Complete Overview & Introduction | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Want to learn more about using industrial additive manufacturing? Here's a breakdown of the different technologies, applications, companies, and services.

Year by year, the additive manufacturing industry continues to flourish in ways that were previously unimaginable. Currently, the market is divided into two primary factions: one for consumers and another for industrial purposes.

In this “Additive Manufacturing Overview,” we will focus in on the professional uses of 3D printing technology. Whether you’re a manufacturing business owner, an industrial engineer looking to create a functional automotive prototype, or anyone else who could benefit from professional-grade additive manufacturing, we’ve strung together an incredibly comprehensive breakdown of the pros and cons of industrial additive manufacturing as well as an introduction to the different technologies, applications, companies, and services that are out there.
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Learning Should Be Epic

When students hear a lecture or read from a textbook, more often than not that information is stored in the limbic system, the short-term memory part of the brain, and discarded after the test. Which raises an important question: What’s the point?

But when students are immersed in a story, one where they are the characters and teachers are their guides, a transformation takes place. The classroom becomes a setting. Conflict becomes authentic. And school becomes engaging.

And that is something students will not forget.
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Totalmente de acuerdo.

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Apple is proud to share its work on accessibility, and so should everyone else

Apple is proud to share its work on accessibility, and so should everyone else | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has long been a trailblazer down the path to accessibility with such features as VoiceOver; it originated on the Mac back in 2007, and is now on every device the company makes. In recent years, Apple has been highlighting the importance of including accessibility features in new technologies and sharing its work with the world. It's incredible, the things Apple has accomplished in working toward an inclusive and supportive range of devices that anyone and everyone can use, no matter what their level of ability is.

Apple isn't the only one doing these things. There are lots of tech companies that include accessibility features on there devices and in their software programs, and even more app developers that provide incredible help to those that need it. More companies should be spotlighting what they do to advance accessibility technologies and proudly share their successes with the world. The competition to see who is the best at it could produce some amazing and revolutionary results.
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Play is essential, but it takes work for children to succeed in the real world | Tom Bennett

Play is essential, but it takes work for children to succeed in the real world | Tom Bennett | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The announcement that the University of Cambridge has appointed the world’s first Lego professor of play gives new meaning to the phrase “red-brick university”. Professor Paul Ramchandani will lead a team “examining the importance of play in education”. And, presumably, building awesome spaceships that turn into Durham Cathedral.

I have a one-year-old son who might agree; try as I might, I just cannot get him to recite Homer or parse a sonnet. I have, however, watched in childish joy as he tumbles through Duplo and teddy mountains, rolling in grass like an explorer on a new planet. It is a new planet – new to him. All he wants to do, it seems, is play.
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4 ways to use Scratch to bring coding to young learners - ISTE

4 ways to use Scratch to bring coding to young learners - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re an educator who wants to incorporate coding into the curriculum but your school lacks the resources, there are plenty of low- and no-cost tools you can turn to. Scratch is one of the most versatile resources for this because it boosts student engagement and provides an easy way to infuse coding into your existing curriculum.

If you’re ready to give it a shot, here are four ways students benefit from Scratch in the classroom:
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How to find a wonderful idea - TED 

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Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash takes us inside the band's creative process, showing us how to look for wonder and surprise.
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The Real Reason Teachers and Leaders are Overwhelmed - @ajjuliani

The Real Reason Teachers and Leaders are Overwhelmed - @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
What is true is that change is constant. It’s also getting exponentially quicker. This is not only in education, but in many fields of work. It’s taken a while for change to pick up the speed with which we now see it in the classroom, but it has always been there.

So, how do we handle this as teachers and school leaders? How can we keep the frustration and desperation from boiling over and hurting all potential progress? More importantly how can we make sure the frustration and desperation does not trickle down to our students and impact their learning experience in a negative way?

Well, we can start with these guiding beliefs:
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 28, 12:52 PM
The teachers I intereviewed spoke about the pace of change and how it could overwhelm them. As well, they spoke about the lack of support during periods of mandated change i.e. new marks programs. They spoke about it was good to gather with other teachers based on age, subject matter, and interests.
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This Free iPad App Teaches You or Your Kids to Learn Coding

This Free iPad App Teaches You or Your Kids to Learn Coding | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you or your child is interested in learning how to code, there is a terrific tool to get you started. Hopscotch for iOS is free, fun, and ideal for beginners. With simple taps, you can let your imagination run wild and learn the basics of programming at the same time.
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Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News)

Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You see it everywhere in K-12. Kindergarteners design toys for their friends to practice empathy, while learning to use a saw and glue-gun along the way. Second graders deepen their understanding of character traits while designing and sewing puppets to represent a character in a folk-tale. In high school physics, students make wind turbines in order to internalize an understanding of how magnetism can create electricity.

The “it” I’m referring to is “Making,” and simply put, Making is any activity where people create something, often with their hands.

I often define Making by looking at what people bring to the Maker Faire, which does include more technical aspects like 3D printing, physical computing and programming. But Making also includes woodworking, growing food, making art and crafts.
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To save their dying language, the Arapaho turn to high-tech apps, old-school flash cards and a new generation

To save their dying language, the Arapaho turn to high-tech apps, old-school flash cards and a new generation | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

When Marlin Spoonhunter returned to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming after decades working as an educator in Montana, he realized that something crucial, something elemental to his Northern Arapaho identity, had escaped him — the language."

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How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole.

Nilanjana Dasgupta, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, thinks that mentors—people who can give advice, share experiences, or make social connections—can dismantle the gauntlet, and help young women to find their place in an often hostile field.
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