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Great iPad Tips for Teachers

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"You must be familiar with the 12 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask before Using iPad in class http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/10/12-crucial-questional-to-ask-before.html . This is one of our popular posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. And because most of you are using or going to use iPad with your students then we deemed it important that we back you up with more tips and tricks on the effective use of this device in the classroom."

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Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace @Web20Classroom Steven Anderson

Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace @Web20Classroom Steven Anderson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I've had the chance to visit several makerspaces in schools all over. It seems more and more schools are creating these spaces to give kids a creative outlet. In it's simplest form Makerspaces are places where kids can explore and, well, make stuff. The idea is that we provide the tools, resources and time to see what can be created. Many maker spaces are simple with just random supplies donated by parents. While other spaces are decked out with 3D Printers, electronics, the works. And there are spaces in between. The point isn't really what is in the space. The point is what comes out of it and giving kids the freedom to explore making stuff that could turn out to be pretty innovative.

Just like technology and how it is used in the classroom, makerspaces need to be less about the stuff that's in them and more about the questions that are asked and the problems that are solved. Sometimes when I am at a conference or read an article on the topic it seems there is more emphasis on the stuff rather than what to do with the stuff. And that sort of flies in the face of the idea of making and tinkering. Sometimes in that exploration purpose is found and questions we weren't even asking are answered.

The point is don't just have a makerspace and buy lots of expensive equipment and have kids make cellphone cases and door stops. Guide them and their exploration. What problems in their world do they see? How can making help? What are they curious about? How can one thing they take apart here, effect how something else works here? Makerspaces should be filled with more questions, problems and failures than answers, solutions and successes.
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14 Good Science Apps for Young Learners

14 Good Science Apps for Young Learners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some interesting iPad apps specifically designed to help kids lear about basics of science and introduce them to wide variety of scientific phenomena. Some of the things kids get to learn from these apps include: the functions of human body, learn core science and math concepts,  learn about animals and ecosystem, explore the world of weather, seasons and forecasts. This selection is based on Apple's Early Science Collection in iTunes App Store.  Enjoy
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Innovate My School - How to introduce critical thinking skills into your classroom

Innovate My School - How to introduce critical thinking skills into your classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This approach to teaching critical thinking (CT) makes use of the ‘descriptive-not-prescriptive’ principle I introduced in this article for Innovate My School. In other words: teach by showing them (the students) what they already do rather than telling them what they should be doing but aren’t. Though I will talk about philosophy sessions, as that is my background, the principles and procedure that you will find outlined here apply to any teaching context where the teaching of CT skills will be of value, whether maths, English or P.E.
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Top 10 sites to help students check their facts - ISTE

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media. While taking a second look at claims made by politicians and even journalists is a start, we still can’t outsource our brains and our judgment, says Tess Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy. “In my view, we have to look as critically at the fact-checking sites as we do the news articles themselves,” she says.

A good fact-checking site uses neutral wording, provides unbiased sources to support its claims and reliable links, says Frank Baker, author of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom and creator of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse. He adds, “Readers should apply the same critical thinking/questioning to fact-check sites.”

Here's a rundown of 10 of the top fact- and bias-checking sites to share with your students.
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ernestprats's curator insight, March 21, 2:26 AM
Intesesantes herramientas para ayudar al alumnado a discernir la informaciín correcta de la que no lo es.
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Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a makerspace? - Worlds of Learning

Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a makerspace? - Worlds of Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a recent blog post, I presented the 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace.  These attributes are meant to serve as a guide for school districts and educators as they plan makerspaces for their school communities.  One of those attributes is that GREAT makerspaces are DIFFERENTIATED and effectively meet the needs of mixed-ability learners..
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Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation - Education Elements

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation - Education Elements | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate!

Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is. Some folks have taken a stand against innovation, given its use as a catchall strategy. Yet I stand firmly in support of innovation as a focus for making better organizations and happier teams. I believe that what is most important is not that we “innovate” for innovation’s sake, but that we create cultures of innovation in our organizations -- cultures that supports risk-taking, reflection, and real collaboration. Out of the hundreds of strategies for and stories of innovation, I believe there are ten key lessons we can draw out to support us in creating cultures of innovation in schools and districts. Why ten lessons? David Letterman, obviously.
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World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news - BBC News

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news - BBC News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

EThe inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.


In an open letter to mark the web's 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used.


Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which creates a "chilling effect on free speech".


He also called for tighter regulation of "unethical" political adverts....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 15, 3:09 AM

Social media sites and search engines must be pushed to do more to combat the problem, Tim Berners-Lee says.

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New G Suite Apps to Boost Your Effectiveness

New G Suite Apps to Boost Your Effectiveness | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
G Suite has recently released two features that allow teachers to meet these criteria and maximize their instructional time: Google Cast for Education and Screencastify.
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12 of The Best Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Games

12 of The Best Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Games | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As we have stated elsewhere, 'designing learning games is a great way to develop students analytic thinking and foster self-expression. It is also an effective way to introduce students to basic coding and programming concepts and help them cultivate 21st century learning skills.'  Given the importance of game-based learning in our students cognitive development we have curated for you this list featuring some of the best websites you can use with your students and kids to design challenging educational games. Utilizing these tools will enable you to create personalized games that suit your own teaching and learning context. Check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list.
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The combined impact of diet, physical activity, sleep and screen time on academic achievement: a prospective study of elementary school students in Nova Scotia, Canada

The combined impact of diet, physical activity, sleep and screen time on academic achievement: a prospective study of elementary school students in Nova Scotia, Canada | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Few studies have investigated the independent associations of lifestyle behaviors (diet, physical activity, sleep, and screen time) and body weight status with academic achievement. Even fewer have investigated the combined effect of these behaviors on academic achievement. We hypothesize that the combined effect of these behaviors will have a higher impact on academic achievement than any behavior alone, or that of body weight status.
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What Computer Science Education Looks Like in the Nation’s Largest School District (EdSurge News)

What Computer Science Education Looks Like in the Nation’s Largest School District (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"With public schools varying in mission and curriculum, implementation of the computer science training looks drastically different across the district. Many of the participating teachers are taking an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, introducing it as part of math or art classes already available. "We had a great art teacher in our first cohort who started doing color theory and ‘binary’ together,” says Marcus, “She taught color theory using a programming language called Processing.”


This type of computer science subject integration could be good news for educators seeking a flexible way to add CS to their existing curriculums, but for evaluators assessing competencies and standards, this could be problematic. "New York State doesn’t have computer science standard requirements. We are in the process of building what we would call a blueprint for CS education. The plan will define the foundational concepts and practices that every student needs to know," says Marcus. The department expects to release this blueprint by the summer."

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Changing mindsets over learning coding - Daily Genius

Changing mindsets over learning coding - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
‘It’s boring’, he groaned, glancing sideways beseechingly. ’Do I have to do it. Why do I need to learn to code?’  Part of the year 6 gifted and talented class, this student punched keys, slammed the laptop shut, yanked it open again. His friend offered to help. Desolately he turned back to the coding lessons.

I continue cruising the classroom stepping over lanky legs harbouring slumped socks, dodging flailing arms. ‘It’s really easy – it’s like the games we play. I’m trying to trip it up,’ one boy tells me as I watch the psychedelic coloured spinning shape. It reminds me of a rapidly created multi-coloured elastic band ball. He’s chuckling with glee. I am amazed.

This was my first coding class as a supply teacher.
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A Simple Guide to Design Learning - STEM JOBS

A Simple Guide to Design Learning - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Doris Wells-Papanek of www.designlearning.us published an article in “Innovation Journal” in which she said “Design is to doing as learning is to thinking.” Learning, Wells-Papnek explains, prepares students to think, and design enables them to do. The goal of design learning is to help students become great problem solvers as they progress through the steps of the design learning framework, challenged to be creative but mindful of the task put before them.
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We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming makerspaces.  Our makerspace is one component of the participatory culture that runs through our space.  Anyone who knows my story knows that my point of entry into the Maker Movement was through literacy, so for me, literacy and making have always gone hand in hand.  
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Here Is A Very Good iPad App for Music Teachers

Here Is A Very Good iPad App for Music Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Yousician is a very good app to help students learn to play piano, guitar, bass or ukulele. Here is how it works: you play your musical instrument, Yousician listens to you and gives you instant feedback on your performance then it provides you with step by step guides and tutorials to enhance your playing level. Yousician is developed by music teachers and is available for free download from the app store.
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Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic

Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today, a day without tech being used in the classroom would be an unusual day indeed. In fact, according to a survey by Front Row Education, 75% of teachers say they use technology daily with their students. Tablets and laptops are now common in many classrooms. These devices can be loaded with education programs and apps for students, and using this kind of technology makes it easy for teachers to track student progress.

On the cutting edge of ed-tech you’ll find tools like virtual reality and 3D printing. By using virtual reality technology, like Google Glass, students can visit other locations without ever leaving their desks. These tools use 3D imagery to make the wearer feel like they’re exploring a realm in person. 3D printing also gives students opportunities to explore cutting-edge concepts in the classroom. Students can design objects on a computer and then “print” them out on a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to create the object. These kinds of technologies may currently be cost prohibitive for many schools, but you’re likely to see them being adopted by classrooms in the coming years.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 21, 11:01 AM
People who have ready access to technology are still not aware that there are many just getting online without the sophistication of integration of technology or special devices.
Christine Weald's curator insight, March 22, 12:57 AM
Like almost everything else - a little bit of this mixed with that gives the all round environment.
John Rudkin's curator insight, March 22, 4:11 AM
Never doubt the opportunities modern digital technology can offer - and push the envelope
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10 Things to Fear @dougpete

10 Things to Fear @dougpete | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On Thursday, Colleen Rose asked this million dollar question on her blog.

What holds us back from embracing technology in our daily practice?

Now, I could have taken the easy route and posted a reply to her blog but instead, I collaborated with my buddy Peter McAsh to come up with this Top 10 list big list.

We seem to have mastered Dropbox Paper so that was our platform for this collaboration.

Note that we’re not afraid to bite firmly on our tongues…

This isn’t necessarily a definitive list and there’s no order but it’s what we came up with.
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Use Quizlet to Play Bingo in your Classes!

Use Quizlet to Play Bingo in your Classes! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Quizlet has become a great teaching tool that I have used for the past few years. I wrote this post a little while ago about easily adding images to Quizlet sets. For younger students, I have found a fun and easy way to use Quizlet flashcards plus a bingo tool for fun and effective review…
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Picture Books and Ideas to Inspire Young Inventors 

Picture Books and Ideas to Inspire Young Inventors  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Thomas Edison once said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Supplying children with junk in the library is easy to do, but how can the library inspire children to invent something interesting and useful? Why not start with some of these picture books?"


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This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface—and it's ridiculously cheap

This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface—and it's ridiculously cheap | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Lego tape is such a great idea, we're amazed it's not an official Lego product already. This product is being funded on Indiegogo.

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, March 17, 3:39 AM
Legotape! Why didnt I think of that! 
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Coding, Robotics and the Jobs of the Future

Coding, Robotics and the Jobs of the Future | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Since as early as the 1800’s, fears of robots taking over human jobs has been a reality. As we enter the true age of robotics, those concerns are resurfacing, and educators are unsure about what jobs their students will be competing for. For example, IT jobs will grow by 22% through 2020 and jobs in STEM are said to see similar growth. Educators are expected to equip their students with skills that will translate into careers and yet they have no idea what these skills should be. While timeless skills such as critical thinking, languages and mathematics aid in every career they do not provide the specialized skills that “jobs of the future” may require. So, what are the jobs of the future and how can be best prepare students for them?
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Real News, Fake News or Opinion? Teaching Our Students to Discern the Difference

Real News, Fake News or Opinion? Teaching Our Students to Discern the Difference | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It used to be so easy to distinguish between truth and fiction. In previous years, I would focus on just teaching my students the difference between fact and opinion. Now the Internet has become a murky river of information, and buzzwords like “fake news” and “alternative facts” have become real concerns of an educated society. How do we teach our students to discern all these differences in this post-truth era?
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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance.

Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays? A novelist that usually uses a desktop, but needs their new iPad Pro to do work on the go?

While the idea of writing more than a few hundred words on an iPad may seem crazy, using the iPad as a powerful portable writing tool allows you to take advantage of inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes. And with iPad screens now approaching 13″ and capable of supporting USB connections to enable standalone keyboards, it’s easier and more comfortable than ever to draft a masterpiece while away from your desk with the help of an app, an iPad, and a good idea.
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3.14 essential reads about π for Pi Day

3.14 essential reads about π for Pi Day | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On March 14, or 3/14, mathematicians and other obscure-holiday aficionados celebrate Pi Day, honoring π, the Greek symbol representing an irrational number that begins with 3.14. Pi, as schoolteachers everywhere repeat, represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

What is Pi Day, and what, really, do we know about π anyway? Here are three-and-bit-more articles to round out your Pi Day festivities.
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Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites - EdTech & mLearning

Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites - EdTech & mLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a step by step guide to help you create a website for your class using the new Google Sites. As you probably know, the new Google Sites 'comes with a bunch of extra interesting features that include intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, attractive design, ability to track site’s performance using Google Analytics, new colourful templates and many more. To learn more about the difference between classic Sites and new Sites, check out this resource.'
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