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Marble Maths App › Davyhulme Primary School

Marble Maths App › Davyhulme Primary School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Today in Numeracy, Year 5 used the app ‘Marble Maths,’ to help improve their mental maths skills. The app provides questions of varying difficulty on many different aspects of maths, perfect for mental maths practice and for the children choosing between a mental maths test and using this fun and interactive app, there wasn’t much competition. A recent update also included a British currency which was the only glitch when I first downloaded the app"

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Best holiday cooking and recipe apps for iPad - iMore

Best holiday cooking and recipe apps for iPad - iMore | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you're looking for the best iPad apps to help you create the most amazing holiday meal ever, you've come to the right place! From appetizers to the main course to dessert, there are many apps available in the App Store that turn your iPad into the perfect kitchen companion. No matter who you're cooking for, these are currently the best cooking apps to help get you through the holiday season!
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How to use Family Sharing: The ultimate guide - iMore

How to use Family Sharing: The ultimate guide - iMore | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Family Sharing make sharing iTunes and App Store purchases in a single household easier than ever. It also enables the new "Ask to Buy" feature, which gives kids the ability to ask for any purchase they want, and parents the ability to say yes or no, as appropriate. Family Sharing also makes it simple to set up shared calendars, shared reminders, and shared photo streams, so everyone will get to their appointments on time, remember what to buy, and enjoy magical moments as they happen. If you aren't sure where to start, we can show you not only how to set up Family Sharing but how to master all the features it offers!
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Top 10 Ways iPads Are Key to Teaching Kids With Learning Disabilities | Edudemic

Top 10 Ways iPads Are Key to Teaching Kids With Learning Disabilities | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
By now, saying that “the iPad is a great tool for customizing the classroom” wouldn’t exactly be breaking news. But while this holds true for every student, each of whom learns in their own way, iPads are truly a lifeline for students with learning disabilities and the people who work hand-in-hand with them. For these students, iPads act as a translation, communication, and individualization tool with unrivaled effectiveness. In so doing, these devices reduce frustration, build confidence, and, well, just work in teaching students the skills they need to learn to thrive.

Let’s take a look at a few more ways iPads are altering the classroom landscape for students with learning disabilities.
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11 of the very best apps for working from an iPad - MacWorld

11 of the very best apps for working from an iPad - MacWorld | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Last week’s Work Beyond Mac covered essential gear for getting work done on an iPad. But accessories are only part of the equation that makes the iPad my go-to computer. The other half of the formula, naturally, is apps. Between the new features in iOS 8 (Can I get a “Huzzah!” for extensions?), and developers leveraging the raw computing power of the iPad Air 2, we’re in the middle of a downright exciting time for productivity-focussed apps on iOS.

These are some of my essential apps for getting work done on your iPad, and in many cases, your iPhone too.
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Storehouse Is a Good App for Creating Personal Year-in-Review Stories - iPad Apps for School

Storehouse Is a Good App for Creating Personal Year-in-Review Stories - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is the time of year that many of us take a look back at the year. I did that this afternoon by creating a Storehouse story about my year. Storehouse is a free iPad app for telling stories through images, videos, and text. Each story has a vertical layout reminiscent of a wide screen blog post. To create your stories you can import pictures and video from your iPad’s camera roll, from Instgram, from Dropbox, and from Flickr. You can arrange the sequence of the media by dragging and dropping it into place. You can add text above and below each picture or video clip in your story. Completed Storehouse stories can be shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Stories published through Storehouse are given their own URLs for online viewing.
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Free Technology for Teachers: iPad Apps for K-12 Students

Free Technology for Teachers: iPad Apps for K-12 Students | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Many of you are already aware that I maintain a few other blogs in addition to FreeTech4Teachers.com. One of those is iPadApps4School.com to which I have applied some lessons that I learned from making mistakes with this blog. One of those mistakes was not making it easier to sort resources according to grade level.

On iPadApps4School.com you can sort app reviews according to grade level category. Simply click on the grade level category in the sidebar to find apps appropriate for the age of your students. You can find elementary school apps here, middle school apps here, and high school apps here. I also have a category for pre-K students. If you want to be notified when a new app is reviewed, you can subscribe to email updates for iPadApps4School.com.
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Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 24, 8:52 AM

Good set up for finding new apps in education.

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How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK)

How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
"Before the term started, a lot of people were feeling under-confident, especially in primary schools," says Swidenbank. "All evidence now shows confidence is on the up." The biggest challenge remains the knowledge gaps, she asserts. But Codeacademy's own figures show the extent of the dent being made in that area. It has had 100,000 new student signups in the past three months and has partnered with more than 2,000 schools since September, bringing its total to more than 3,000.

The biggest change, has been a growth in confidence -- in both teachers and students. Keeping on top of the learning is the key to ensuring that confidence thrives, and Swidenbank has seen the results of that firsthand.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Scratch Jr. Provides a Great Environment for Learning About Programming

Free Technology for Teachers: Scratch Jr. Provides a Great Environment for Learning About Programming | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this morning I received an email from a subscriber to the PracticalEdTech.com newsletter. She was looking for suggestions on programming apps. One that came mind immediately is Scratch Jr. Scratch Jr. is based on the popular online Scratch program in which students can learn to program. Scratch Jr for iPad uses the same drag and drop programming principles used in Scratch. On Scratch Jr students can program multimedia stories and games.
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14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2014 | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that children spend an average of seven hours a day consuming various types of media. This data illustrates that society’s voracious appetite for media makes media literacy more important than ever.

How can you teach your students to interact responsibly with the media? The following resources can help you plan thought-provoking lessons on the subject.
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Quick Flashcard Creation and Export​ on iPads - ClassTechTips.com

Quick Flashcard Creation and Export​ on iPads - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Synopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document. Students can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives students the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.
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8 Apps To Give You A Seriously Rigorous Workflow - Educate 1 to 1

8 Apps To Give You A Seriously Rigorous Workflow - Educate 1 to 1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

As someone who has to wear two hats all the time: those of English teacher and Director of Digital Learning, I’m constantly challenging myself to make sure that what I recommend to other members of staff actually rings true and never is that more the case than in trying to ensure that there is genuine rigour in the work I’m doing with iPads.  Nothing is more important to me than ensuring that the use of the iPad creates a deep learning experience. 

 

So here is a workflow that I think really works and hits the R of the SAMR model whilst also sticking with some of the tried and rested things we know work as teachers."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Sometimes when students are taking notes, words don't do enough to fully capture an idea. In those cases, being able to quickly sketch an idea will enhance students' notes. Sketching notes on an iPad enables students to edit and share sketched notes more quickly and easily than ever before. Here is a handful of iPad apps (some freemium, some completely free) for sketchnoting.
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How to Switch from Zite to Flipboard - Joanathan Wylie

How to Switch from Zite to Flipboard - Joanathan Wylie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So the time has come. I am about to delete one of my favorite iPad apps of all time. Zite has been an amazing discovery tool for me. It has enhanced my learning and given me lots of great ideas to share in this blog and online via social media. However, as you may already have heard, Zite was acquired by Flipboard recently and will be discontinued.
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19 Toys & Apps that can help develop Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism - Teachers With Apps

19 Toys & Apps that can help develop Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism - Teachers With Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
At this time of year, I usually recommend that parents and teachers/therapists have an honest conversation via phone, Email, written note, or in person, re: which gifts can be the most meaningful and thus have the greatest impact at this time, for this particular child. My two decades “in the trenches” have taught me the importance of team collaboration that can help plan and execute an effective and enjoyable “teachable moment”.

If done right, integrating toys & tech can help facilitate cognition and self regulation. Here is my list of toys and how it can benefit a child with autism. You can use these toys as the guidelines or actual basis for your planned “teachable moment”. Good Luck!
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Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students  has several educational pluses that include:"

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CTD Institute's curator insight, December 24, 9:46 AM

Integration of ePortfolios in traditional F2F classrooms seems easy and on appropriate for a digital native audience.

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Reading An iPad In Bed Makes It Harder To Fall Asleep - Business Insider

Reading An iPad In Bed Makes It Harder To Fall Asleep - Business Insider | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Don't bring your iPad to bed with you if you value your sleep.

Researchers at the National Academy of Science published a study on Monday that concludes the "short-wavelength light" (light that's closer to the blue end of the spectrum) messes up the circadian rhythms that govern sleep and suppresses the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.

The result? People reported feeling less tired, and took longer to fall asleep. They were also more tired the next day.
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Great Digital Storytelling Tools and Apps for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Digital Storytelling Tools and Apps for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learning how to read unlocks a wealth of important fundamental skills. If you are on holiday right now, this can be a great time to read to or give your kids a good story. Or, to indulge in an engaging interactive digital storybook!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App

Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"NOVA Elements for iPad is an excellent iPad app for helping students learn about the periodic table of elements. The app is "hosted" by NY Times technology reviewer David Pogue. There are three primary features of the app. Those features are called Explore, Watch, and Play."

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Educational Technology Guy: My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them

Educational Technology Guy: My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have a few apps and resources that I use on a daily basis. I thought this might be a nice way to end the year.

Here they are and how I use them:
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Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries - Mind/Shift

Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He’s spending down his savings and says he’s getting help from “my loving family.”

At age 26, Frausto has gone back to school. Sort of. He’s enrolled in a brand-new kind of trade school: the immersive web-development program, also known as a “coder boot camp.” These programs promise, for several thousand dollars, to take people like Frausto and, in a manner of weeks, turn them into job-ready web developers."

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, December 23, 11:03 AM

Why are boot camps preferable to MOOC education? Structure, peer interaction, help with the soft side of employment, and perhaps job placement assistance.  How can these be provided to supplement MOOCs without a $ 12,000 cost to the student?

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Karen E Smith
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 2, 9:49 AM

Nice selection of free apps for your Science Department.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 3, 8:47 AM

Literacy teachers in the content area of science can benefit from this list.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, December 3, 10:52 PM

Thx Skip

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iPad Photography ideas for Kids - The Book Chook

iPad Photography ideas for Kids - The Book Chook | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Probably my favourite app on the iPad is the inbuilt camera. With it, children can readily take photographs and record videos of all sorts of things in home and school life. The iPad saves to the Camera Roll and from there, kids can email images, as well as open them inside other apps. The iPad camera or any digital camera is a wonderful tool for giving children a different perspective on life, and helping them think creatively about their environment.
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Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 22, 7:59 AM

Mobile visions of the world.

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MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand - ClassTechTips.com

MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this year I shared MONKEYmount 280 a very cool stand that works with any tablet, including iPads.  With this stand you can turn your iPad into a document camera without having to invest in a new piece of technology.  It can be used with an HDMI projector or flat screen to mirror what is happening on your iPad screen.  This can even be done wirelessly so that students can easily follow along with each tap and swipe on your iPad screen.
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Tune Train for Music Creation - ClassTechTips.com

Tune Train for Music Creation - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Tune Train is a wonderful free app that children can use to create their own music.  By manipulating different objects on the screen kids can find harmony, pitch and rhythm.  Complete with a teacher’s guide, this free app is perfect for musical stations in an elementary classroom.
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Comfortably 2.0: Great Apps to Complement Your iMovie App

Comfortably 2.0: Great Apps to Complement Your iMovie App | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The iMovie app could possibly be my favorite app on my iPad.  It's a versatile app that can lead to a whole lot of creation in your classroom  Yes, I know that iMovie on my MacBook Pro has all the bells and whistles, but I believe that the app has all the ingredients to make some pretty powerful products in your classroom.

I love the fact that the app allows our students (and us) to make thinking visible.   There are so many ways that you can use iMove in the classroom.  From knowledge to comprehension, every level of Bloom's taxonomy is easily addressed using the iMovie app.  I plan on teaching our K-5 students how to use the iMovie app in the coming weeks and I can't wait to see the creativity that is generated!

The best thing about iMovie is that you can use it with a lot of other apps! App Smashing?  Try using iMovie as the final app to display your app smash.  Just drop your products in from the photo library, do a voice over and you have created a product that allows you to showcase the learning happening in your classroom!

I have created a folder on my iPad of apps that I use to supplement some of the videos that I produce. Here are some of my favorites:
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