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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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Adding Colorful Panels To Your Classroom or Makerspace – krissy venosdale

Adding Colorful Panels To Your Classroom or Makerspace – krissy venosdale | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Just about every day I get an email, a message, or a question on Instagram… “Where’d you get those panels on your classroom wall?”  Well, I made ’em.  I wanted Design Thinking to be emphasized in our new space, and there are several details on these large prints that are customized to our school and our students. 
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Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered

Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest forms of human activity, from making stone tools to drawing on cave walls (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014; Martinez & Stager, 2014). Thinkers such as Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Papert helped paved the way for the maker movement by stressing the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning. Instead of viewing learning as the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, these thinkers embraced the idea that children learn best when encouraged to discover, play, and experiment.

More recently, maker education is being used as a way to connect do-it-yourself informal learning to classrooms. Driven by new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and kid-friendly coding, making is emerging as an effective way to introduce students to STEM, particularly women and minorities. By incorporating elements of making into the classroom, educators can bridge the gap between what students are passionate about and what they're learning in school.
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This New App From Duolingo Aims To Make Flash Cards Obsolete

This New App From Duolingo Aims To Make Flash Cards Obsolete | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"While students have been using flash cards to memorize facts and vocabulary at least since the Victorian era, it's no secret that the study tools can be deathly dull.

Hoping to change that is Duolingo, the Pittsburgh-based company behind the popular language learning app of the same name. On Tuesday, the company released TinyCards, a game-like, modern version of flash cards that automatically tracks what users already have learned and even lets users level up, video game-style, as they progress in their knowledge."

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Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle

Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Michelle Russell has spent time this summer considering what "productive struggle" should mean for the students in her math classroom. Read what she learned.

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9 Enlightening Summer Reads for Math Teachers

9 Enlightening Summer Reads for Math Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Summer is upon us, and that calls for books to enjoy while lounging poolside. We asked MIND Research Institute staff to recommend their favorite mathematically themed reads, and their picks run the gamut of genres from sci-fi to psychology. Add a few of these to your summer reading list for completely guilt-free and possibly enlightening pleasure. 
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Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how. Robin’s students designed a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) that  went to Antarctica. She was intimidated when she started thinking about it. But she learned it with the kids as she went. What blows my mind is that Robin […]

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Part 5: STEM, STEAM, Makers: 35 Resources For A Makerspace

Part 5: STEM, STEAM, Makers: 35 Resources For A Makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"Welcome to this fifth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.  "


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14 Reasons Why Pokemon GO Is The Future Of Learning

14 Reasons Why Pokemon GO Is The Future Of Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"ONE: Students are on their phones ALL the time. Students are not on their textbook all the time. Think about that. And I’m not saying we should only do what students want to do. One of my favorite quotes is “the object of education isn’t to make students comfortable, it’s to make them successful.” But I do think leverage and engagement are useful."

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What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides)

What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Confession: We at EdSurge are a bit in love with what may be America’s favorite new pastime: making. Indeed, it’s been a busy two years since we published our first guide on making, during which makerspaces have spread into classrooms and curriculum far and wide. But for many, issues of budget and buy-in mean maker education is still far from mainstream. 


 To be sure, there have been changes in the Maker movement in the decade-plus since the first Maker Faires wooed a new generation of DIYers. Along the way, we’ve celebrated successes and asked hard questions. How can we help making become more equitable and inclusive? How can maker ed embrace traditional technology, including computer science? What are the benefits of a maker education, and how do we measure them? In this guide, we hope you’ll find answers to—or at least ideas about—these and other questions that explore the meaning of making."

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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more.


Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad."
But what if we took the opportunity to develop young, skilled learners a step further, and asked those student leaders to support, collaborate with, and mentor teachers and their peers with in-class technology projects? What if we asked those student learners to create informative, instructional digital content that is accessible to all? After all, many of us would agree that the students are the ones who are usually the most knowledgeable, up-to-date resources for what is the latest and greatest with technology, so why not tap into their large knowledge base and cultivate their leadership potential?

Our school here in Wisconsin did just that, and the results have been astounding. Here’s how it happened.
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La Serna High Student Inspires Launch of STEM Classes -- THE Journal

La Serna High Student Inspires Launch of STEM Classes -- THE Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A girl who knows how to code can change the world.

At least, that’s what Markie Wagner of Whittier, CA, thinks. She’s a soon-to-be senior at La Serna High School in Whittier, and she believes all girls should try their hand at computer science. Her efforts and enthusiasm have inspired her school to launch two new STEM classes in the fall — Intro to Engineering and Advanced Placement Computer Science.
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#Assessment in #Making - Edutopia #makered #makerspaces

#Assessment in #Making - Edutopia #makered #makerspaces | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Maker education is being increasingly integrated into classrooms of all grade levels. It's an approach that draws upon philosophies and pedagogies of the past (constructivism, constructionism, inquiry, hands-on, and project-based learning) and integrates methods from the present (design thinking, effectuation). It reimagines a progressive approach to learning through modern affordances. It democratizes the tools of creativity and empowers the learner. It develops a maker mindset that that has been described as "playful, asset- and growth-minded, failure positive, and collaborative" (Martin, 2015).

Traditional direct instruction focuses on content knowledge, while maker-centered learning orients around the learner's context. It's a framework for learning that can be applied to any content. It allows the learner to actualize his or her own ideas. In any subject area, with any materials or equipment, maker education is a tool or vehicle for learning that focuses on the how: the process, the social-emotional skills, and the application of problem solving, collaborating, and persisting. Yes, there is absolutely content, but maker ed creates a meaningful context for students to engage with content on their own terms.

Anyone who works with young makers sees this level of engagement, collaboration, and creativity. Indeed, there has been an explosion in the number of makerspaces in schools. But as with any new education model -- particularly one with roots outside of education -- there are serious questions that arise:
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A Parent's Guide to Pokémon Go | MediaSmarts

A Parent's Guide to Pokémon Go | MediaSmarts | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the last week our world has been invaded: cute cartoon creatures can now be found lurking in parks, restaurants, museums, and even people’s houses. If you haven’t seen them, it’s because they’re only visible on a smartphone screen, and only if you’re playing the new game “Pokémon Go”.
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Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning - Exploratorium | Coursera

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning - Exploratorium | Coursera | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

The Tinkering Fundamentals course will offer educators and enthusiasts an opportunity to develop a practice of tinkering and making. We see tinkering as a serious endeavor—one that is generalizable across content and especially good at interweaving disciplines in a way that leads to complex projects and individualized learning opportunities. Tinkering has recently been introduced into the educational field as a potential driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation in science learning. It is seen by many as an effective means to engage in exploring STEM concepts, practices and phenomena. Tinkering typically blends the high and low tech tools of science along with a strong aesthetic dimension that supports children’s (and adults) self expression.

For over a decade, the Exploratorium has been developing science-rich tinkering activities for both children and adults. We see tinkering as a fun yet serious endeavor—spanning many disciplines and content areas and fostering connections between art, science, and technology. Learners follow their own path to understanding by investigating tools and materials and exploring questions that interest them. This opens up a wide range of possible answers rather than any “right” one, particularly for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects in the classroom. This course centers on circuit-related activities, which offer a wealth of opportunities for thinking through making.

In this course, we won’t just show you how we develop tinkering activities; we’ll also delve into why. We’ll focus on three important aspects: activity design around specific materials, facilitation strategies, and environmental organization. We’ll also share some guiding principles and learning indicators we’ve developed that can help you integrate tinkering into your elementary and middle-school science program. Whether you’re new to making or a seasoned tinkerer, we hope this course will help you take the next step!


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5 Benefits of Digital Reading Devices for Boys

5 Benefits of Digital Reading Devices for Boys | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Boys love anything with a screen! What’s on the screen engages them, rewards them and keeps them coming back for more.

Screens = pleasure.

What boys don’t love, especially 9- to 14-year-old boys, is reading and carrying books around with them.

Reading books = pain.

The logical conclusion: encourage boys to read on digital devices (ebook readers, iPads, smartphones). Unfortunately, many parents and educators find it difficult to embrace this idea because they believe:

Boys already spend too much time staring at screens
“Real” reading only happens with a print book
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PokemonGo the future of learning? There is no app for that. – krissy venosdale

PokemonGo the future of learning? There is no app for that. – krissy venosdale | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve played Pokemon Go.  I’ve shared a few laughs with my family over it.  I even took my daughter to the park to play it in a ginormous “Pokeraid”.  But the claim that it’s the “Future of Learning”? I just don’t see it.
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Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"The digital storytelling wheel is a visual we created through Google Drawing based on a chart we have previously published here in EdTech and mLearning. The visual contains a number of educational apps and web tools that you can use with you students in class for digital storytelling projects. We have included apps for Android and iPad users as well as tools for web users. Check them out and share with us your feedback."

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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking to leverage the power of the startup culture in your classroom? Check out these three distinguishing features found in the startup ecosystem, and get ready to propel ideas forward and scale learning!
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Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning - Edutopia @wkrakower & @LFlemingEDU

Makerspaces are unique and attractive in today's schools. They offer a complete learning environment that allows limitless opportunities. However, we need to hear more discussion about how these spaces can be used by all learning groups. This includes students with special needs as well as English-language learners. Students who have unique learning needs thrive in a makerspace because it allows them to express themselves without fear of failure. By providing equity and access, makerspaces are inviting and inclusive environments. Based on our work and experiences, we'd like to offer five ways in which makerspaces can provide learning for all.
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5 More Great Apps to Keep Summer Minds and Bodies Active — Emerging Education Technologies

5 More Great Apps to Keep Summer Minds and Bodies Active — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You can bring a book wherever you go or sign your kids up for a sports summer league, but another great way to create lasting habits and raise your children’s intrinsic motivation is to warm up their brains and bodies a little! There is a range of Apps out there to make things easier for you and way more fun for the kids:
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In San Francisco, preschoolers can now learn STEM with 3D printing and laser cutters

In San Francisco, preschoolers can now learn STEM with 3D printing and laser cutters | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"A few weeks ago, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) near San Francisco, 5-year-old Jack Stabenow climbed a step stool to peer into a machine that cuts cardboard with a high-powered laser. The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.


With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his age labored over teetering, but well-taped, creations. If these first attempts toppled in the breeze, that was to be expected. In fact, back-to-the-drawing-board was kind of the point.


The kids were learning the cycle of design, prototype, test, and redesign that’s a hallmark of engineering."

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Stages of Being a Maker Learner - @JackieGerstein

Stages of Being a Maker Learner - @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it



"So what is making? I’ve proposed that the heart of making is creating new and unique things. I also realize that in order for this type of making to occur, there needs to be some scaffolding so that maker learners can develop a foundation of knowledge and skills. The end result, though should be maker learners creating new things by and for themselves. The ideas in this post have been sparked by the SAMR model. I see a similar pattern or progression with maker education:"

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I like the checklist.  It reminds me of STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin 

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Encouraging Diverse Learners in Computer Science and Engineering (EdSurge News)

Encouraging Diverse Learners in Computer Science and Engineering (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Encouraging diverse participation in STEM in middle school is crucial. Students who do not have STEM opportunities in middle school and high school are very unlikely to take those opportunities in college. We are committed to offering creative learning experiences and the best career opportunities for all kids. How do we recruit and retain a diverse student body in elective STEM classes such as computer science and engineering?

For your students who don’t typically identify as “engineers”—many female and minority students as well as some boys—what motivates them to sign up for, and become invested in, an engineering class or activity?

While we don’t claim to have completely cracked the code, focusing on this effort has made us better, more culturally inclusive teachers, and we believe our students will be better off in the long term because of sustained efforts to broaden access to CS and engineering.
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4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom

4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As you've no doubt noticed, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm since its release on July 5, 2016. It's getting people outside to actively explore their surroundings and giving millions their first experience with augmented reality. But it's also raising questions and concerns about whether the game's location and mapping features are compromising people's data and information and luring players into danger.

With school starting up again soon, we wanted to offer some guidance for teachers on how to address and manage the Pokémon GO craze in your classroom and school.

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Upcycling and the Low-Tech #Makerspace - Edutopia #makered

Upcycling and the Low-Tech #Makerspace - Edutopia #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"You've read about the maker movement. You've seen the posts with 3D printers, laser cutters, and three-axis mills in shiny new labs. And you want your students to start making, too. But you've got one big problem: you don't have a full lab -- or even a 3D printer -- because, like many educators, you don't have the biggest budget. Maybe you have no budget at all.

But what if you could get started making tomorrow and didn't need all the fancy tools to join this movement? Making starts with a mindset, and simple materials are all that you need to get started. There are resources all around you, materials hidden in plain sight, tools just waiting to be used for a creative purpose. And with a little dose of ingenuity, you'll have your students making in no time.

One perfect way start making on the cheap is through upcycling, the intentional transformation of hard-to-recycle materials into new products, thus saving them from the landfill. This type of real-world project not only teaches making skills but also helps you integrate making into your subject area. Study material science, explore industrial design, or dig into environmental education. As an added bonus, a project like this ignites your students' entrepreneurial spirit.

Here's the five-step strategy that I've used to get my students making products out of hard-to-recycle materials. These steps could be done in one class period each, but if you want more time for ideas and iteration, feel free to expand the timeline as you go. Expect a beautiful mess, a bit of chaos, and a lot of fun as your students start to save the landfills -- by design."

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