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Live from the First iPad Summit

Live from the First iPad Summit | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Takeaway from first iPad Summit: If iPad implementation doesn't redefine how schools use technology to create and perform tasks, it's not worth the investment.
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Contraption Maker Free Weekend - Contraption Maker

Contraption Maker Free Weekend - Contraption Maker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! Now is the time to play and join in on all of the mind boggling fun. Just enter your email below and we will send you a game key. 

 

"Contraption Maker promotes STEM learning by engaging students with a series of Rube Goldberg-esque puzzles. Students choose from hundreds of parts like hamster motors, balls, and conveyor belts to fix broken contraptions. Not only do students use logic and critical thinking skills to solve puzzles, they can also create their own contraptions and share them with friends, family or even the world. For advanced students, JavaScript modding gives kids the opportunity to make the game into anything they can imagine. It’s a zany digital sandbox for project-based learning."  - Contraption Maker Education Page

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Making Room for Making - Edutopia

Making Room for Making - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, the library has always been an important, almost sacred place for me to go with my students. It was an opportunity to use the computer lab once in a while and look for books to help support research. Over the past few months, the library has taken on a new and different role for all students and teachers.

Our library has become a place where I hang out during my prep period and brainstorm with my amazing teacher librarian, Courtney McGuire. We have been looking at our space and trying to think of ways to bring more students in during their study period. We have students who are interested in many different topics but don't have the access to the resources for fully exploring them. As Courtney and I looked over the underutilized resource section, we thought about turning the area into a makerspace.
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18 Apps for Summer Reading - ClassTechTips.com

18 Apps for Summer Reading - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide.  Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:
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14 Math Edugames for Students - ClassTechTips.com

14 Math Edugames for Students - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of 14 Math Edugames!  Whether you use these for enrichment, intervention, in stations, or simply recommend a favorite to families, you’re sure to find something to meet the needs of your students.
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Cardboard Airplane Really Flies - Viral Videos

Cardboard Airplane Really Flies - Viral Videos | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"It’s always exciting to see your hard work finally pay off. Waddington35 and his buddy tirelessly worked to build a homemade remote control airplane made out of nothing but cardboard. Finally, at the moment of truth, they threw the plane into the air and it flew! Their giddy excitement is palpable."

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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism.

There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in many fields.
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Maker Education Initiative – Every Child a Maker

Maker Education Initiative – Every Child a Maker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth." 

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, May 22, 2:11 PM

Wonderful!  I would love to have an organization like this supporting the Maker Movement in Canada!

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13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Given the amazing freedom and creativity involved in this virtual playground, the best Minecraft books take on so many different forms. From handbooks to crafts to novels to activities, there there are so many different books to blow the mind of young Minecraft fans. So, to get things in order, we have gone exploring and found thirteen of the best minecraft books for kids!
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Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting

Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
 I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information.  I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking.  Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests.  Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes.  Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues.  Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start.  For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.
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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, May 22, 9:37 AM

Liens vers des sites insipirants !

Norton Gusky's curator insight, May 23, 7:45 AM

Doodling should become a required skill for summarizing ideas

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Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When Sonja Khan started college, she’d never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try — and then ended up majoring in it.

Four years later, she has just graduated with a computer science degree, is pursuing a master’s degree and is headed to a summer internship at Facebook.

“I didn’t even know anything about the field before; I had never considered it,” she said. “I signed up for it pretty much on a whim and really enjoyed it.”

Ms. Khan’s story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies — where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan’s
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4 Ways Makers Are Changing the World - HUFFPOST Impact

4 Ways Makers Are Changing the World - HUFFPOST Impact | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hackathons, tech shops, makerspaces: These terms are increasingly prevalent in today's vernacular, and for good reason. They represent a burgeoning global movement with people of all ages developing, designing, and often marketing their creations. In the age of the maker, anyone can be an inventor. Their potential impact on the world is enormous. Innovations and discoveries are no longer produced exclusively by scientists in white lab coats or research and development departments of major corporations. Thanks to affordable technologies and online environments, individual makers can launch small companies to manufacture and market their goods. This shift in industry is influencing the way we learn, shop, sell, and interact. Here are four ways this movement is changing our world.
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Making MAKEing More Inclusive - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Making MAKEing More Inclusive - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning.

Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought [at least in terms of having an “official” educational label – JG] that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn’t just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects. (9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers)


Social media has helped me gain a more global perspective and become aware of some of the problems associated with the maker movement. The two I discuss in this post are:

1. Maker movement initiatives are often driven by more affluent white males.


2. The maker movement is too often being associated with the tech stuff – Arduinos, Littlebits, Makey-Makeys – stuff that less affluent schools and community programs can afford."

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, May 21, 9:39 AM

Students need to stop playing video games and create things!

John G Mandziuk's curator insight, May 21, 11:51 AM

In making like anything else if you want to help someone listen.

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Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones | Dangerously Irrelevant

Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones | Dangerously Irrelevant | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Murphy & Beland’s recent study is making the rounds online, particularly among those who are eager to find reasons to ban learning technologies in classrooms. The economists found that banning mobile phones helped improve student achievement on standardized test scores, with the biggest gains seen by low-achieving and at-risk students. Here are my thoughts on this…

The outcome measure is standardized test score improvement. Is that all you care about or do you have a bigger, more complex vision for student learning? For instance, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving are difficult to assess with a standardized test. Most schools I know didn’t adopt their learning technology initiatives for the sole purpose of test score improvement. (if they did, how sad is that?)
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Maker movement drives the future - TechSpot

Maker movement drives the future - TechSpot | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing a vision of the future.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 24, 8:37 AM

Inspiring stuff! 

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Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @ShakeUpLearning @SylviaDuckworth

Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @ShakeUpLearning @SylviaDuckworth | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am super excited to share this update with you! My Top Ten Tech Tips for Successful Technology Integration were originally shared last July (2014). These are the tips that I often refer to when helping teachers dip their toes into the technology integration waters. It's easy to become overwhelmed by technology and planning. These tips will make the process so much easier!
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Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School

Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What separates the successful mobile learning projects from the unsuccessful? This is a ‘million dollar’ question, and I’ve thought long and hard about it. From the 17 large 1:1 projects I’ve worked on, only three have been truly successful in producing transformational learning. In your own experience, how many schools do you know who have transformed learning vs how many you know rely on iPads as laptop placements, focusing on web browsing and research functions only? I’m sure you’ll draw similar conclusions to my own, but if a handful of schools can transform learning with mobile devices, how do we replicate it across more schools? I believe I’ve found the answer.
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Amazon math app aims to slow kids' summer learning loss - CNET

Amazon math app aims to slow kids' summer learning loss - CNET | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My sixth-grader has challenges with math during the school year, so I can only imagine what a three-month break is going to do to his already tenuous grasp of the subject.

Amazon company TenMarks is hoping to combat this kind of "summer learning loss" with its Summer Math Program, a personalized course tailored to nearly all grade-school students. Normally priced at $39.95, the program is free for the summer.
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Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class - TIME @SirKenRobinson

Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class - TIME @SirKenRobinson | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As with many schools in the United States, the shop program at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California, had become largely irrelevant. The main shop room had become little more than a glorified storage room. The school’s priorities were firmly focused on college readiness and success at standardized tests, and vocational programs had taken a backseat. Sebastopol is also the home of Make magazine, one of the leading voices of the maker movement, a community of inventors and do-it-yourselfers that has blossomed on YouTube and shows up in the tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands at Maker Faires all over the world. Make proposed that a group of students from Analy come to their offices to explore the possibilities involved in creating things with 3-D printers, computer-aided design, and more. The program was so popular that soon Make could no longer accommodate it in their offices, so they agreed to donate equipment to Analy if the school would ramp up their vocational program.
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Creatubbles for global galleries (time to retire the refrigerator?) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Creatubbles for global galleries (time to retire the refrigerator?) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Creatubbles is a global platform for sharing and interacting with children’s visual art. I believe this is a tool many of us having been looking for a long time.

Designed for elementary through middle school-age kiddos, the platform allows young artists to safely showcase, archive and share their creative work.

It also allows them to discover, to be inspired by, and to interact with the work of others.
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Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning

Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are thousands of different ways to introduce programming to your class in fun and interactive ways for the upcoming Hour of Code (December 8-14). While most apps and tutorials do require internet connected computers or mobile devices, it does not mean that schools without this level of technology cannot get involved. In fact, coding with paper can be an even more engaging and meaningful way to introduce students to early programming concepts.
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Terrie Pressman's curator insight, May 23, 10:13 AM

Wealth of information and practical information. Links could lead to hours of discovery!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Classkick - Distribute Assignments and Give Feedback Through Your iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: Classkick - Distribute Assignments and Give Feedback Through Your iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Classkick is a free service for creating, distributing, and assessing students' work through iPads. Through Classkick you can create an online classroom through which you distribute assignments to students. Students join your class by enter the class code into the Classkick app on their iPads. Once they've joined your classroom you can start distributing assignments.
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TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource - ClassTechTips.com

TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
TIME For Kids is a well-known K-6 classroom resource and TIME Edge extends this to middle school students exploring informational text related to current events.  Articles are written specifically for 7th and 8th grade students, with lower-level reading options for teachers looking to differentiate instruction.  TIME Edge also features Common Core-aligned assessments that highlight where students may need more support.  Teachers will also get access to the TIME Vault with over 90 years of TIME content.
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The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy."

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 22, 11:46 AM

This article shares some web tools you can use to create posters for your classrooms. I only had heard of a couple of them so some new tools to consider here.

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PicCollage for Kids - Create Multimedia Collages - iPad Apps for School

PicCollage for Kids - Create Multimedia Collages - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, May 21, 9:47 AM

Schools that have many Ipads need to learn how to teach kids about great apps.  This looks like a good one. 

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How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com

How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them!  If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.
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