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Free Technology for Teachers: Mobile Learning and Common Core

Free Technology for Teachers: Mobile Learning and Common Core | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"This morning I gave a short presentation at iPad Summit USA. The title of the presentation was 10 Mobile Learning Activities. I tied some Common Core standards into the activities. You can view the apps and standards in the slides below."
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12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls

12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Science, technology, engineering, and math are more important than ever, so we’ve put together a list of books to encourage girls to persevere in these subjects.
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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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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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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit @Edutopia

PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit @Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Both project-based learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both. Both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving. As many teachers know, STEAM education isn't just the course content—it’s the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists, and technological entrepreneurs. Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other in your classroom and school.

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Best #Engineering Websites Every #Engineer Should Know About #makered #STEM

Best #Engineering Websites Every #Engineer Should Know About #makered #STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A successful engineer constantly searches for new information and techniques to employ more efficient and economic designs. Keeping up with the times used to require constant schooling and endless hours spent at university libraries searching through countless papers. Today, through the rise of the internet, the information to improve methods and technologies has never been so accessible. Now, maintaining a sharp, creative mind requires nothing more than clicking away through the endless archives on the internet. Listed below are the most useful engineering websites that every engineer should have at their disposal – both in and out of school.

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How to Tell If You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset [Infographic]

How to Tell If You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset [Infographic] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Adopting a shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is our choice, and it’s the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and certainly to our young children. Here’s a little infographic to help you on your journey.
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Copper Pipe Glockenspiel: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Copper Pipe Glockenspiel: 14 Steps (with Pictures) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Build a great-sounding glockenspiel out of copper pipes!  The pipes, when correctly mounted, have a lovely bell-like tone.  This glockenspiel (a glockenspiel is like a xylophone, but with metal slats or tubes) is based on a project in this book, but with a larger range and tuning information based on theory from this excellent article.  

This is potentially a very educational project.  Several learning objectives are possible, depending on the subject area of interest:


Mathematics: Solve simple equations to match pipe length to notes.


Physics: Learn about the relationship between length and first-mode vibrational frequency.


Music theory: Learn about the relationship between frequencies and notes.


Shop: Learn how to measure and cut wood, join it with nails or glue, and work with metal pipe.


I built this project with my six-year-old son.  The exact amounts of material you need depend on what musical coverage you want the instrument to have.  After consultation with my nine-year-old daughter as to what music she wanted to play on it, I opted for nine notes, covering a C-major octave, plus an extra D at the top, namely from C6 to D7.  The lower the notes, the longer the copper pipes will need to be, and hence the more copper pipe you will need.  On the other hand, the higher the notes, the more precisely the cuts will need to be made.  "

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I made one of these in University music class many, many years ago. Everyone wanted one for Christmas! 
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15 of the Best Apps for Teachers in 2017 by @Sarah_Darren

15 of the Best Apps for Teachers in 2017 by @Sarah_Darren | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every teacher knows, or quickly learns, that their job is much much more than teaching. Lesson planning, classroom management, communication, and keeping records are just some of the things that require hours of extra work, but can be simplified through the use of some very user-friendly apps. Here are some of the best apps teachers …
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Who needs a plane when you can go skydiving from a drone

Who needs a plane when you can go skydiving from a drone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is the world's first drone jump. A 28-rotor drone lifted a man about 1,000 feet in the air before he let go. 

The stunt shows the drone's potential in rescue operations, where they could be used to save lives.
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ELA + STEM = A Formula for Better Student Reading Skills - STEM JOBS

ELA + STEM = A Formula for Better Student Reading Skills - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We often think of them as separate subjects, but you can use STEM as an inspiration and foundation for building reading skills in your classroom.

By the time students reach middle and high school, reading for pleasure is a rarity. Seldom do I see a student pull out a book when they have free time in the classroom. Reading has become limited to quick texts, emails, Twitter feeds, and hashtags. If there is a novel in their hands, it is usually one that is the new hit blockbuster on the big screen. This may have large impacts on student literacy, vocabulary, confidence, and overarching reading skills. How can we as STEM teachers help turn this around? The answer may lie in a partnership with your language arts teacher.
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Issue 2 - Hello World

Issue 2 - Hello World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In issue 2 of Hello World magazine we talk to Mitch Resnick about ten years of Scratch, the visual programming tool that revolutionised learning for an entire generation. We also offer practical advice and inspiration for education beyond the classroom, and much more…
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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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Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate - Inc.com

Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher asked a question they could shoot their hand up and be praised for their good work.

Today, however, teenagers carry far more information and computing power in their pockets than would ever fit in their heads. So the ability to retain knowledge and manipulate numbers with facility has become, to a large extent, outdated skills. So kids today need to learn how to understand systems and solve problems.

Fortunately, there are an increasing number of programs that are designed to do just that. At the college level, programs like Stanford's d.school teach design thinking and entrepreneurship classes have become standard in business school curriculums. More recently, a wide variety of secondary school level programs have begun to take hold and are giving students a leg up.
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Raspberry Pi is merging with a coding foundation

Raspberry Pi is merging with a coding foundation | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Raspberry Pi's credit card-sized computers have helped kickstart a coding revolution. Thanks to their low cost, major companies like Google and VMWare have distributed thousands of the DIY boards to children all over the world in the hope that it'll inspire the next generation of computer scientists.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation routinely works with educational partners to get its computers in the right hands, and its latest announcement is set to boost that outreach even more. Today, the foundation confirmed that it is to merge with CoderDojo to form what it believes will be the biggest code-promoting organization on the planet.

CoderDojo, if you're not aware, is a Dublin-based organization that focuses on getting young people coding. It facilitates the creation of volunteer-run programming clubs for youngsters aged between 7 to 17. The organization says that there are more than 1,250 CoderDojos in 69 countries, which serve more than 35,000 children and teenagers.
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6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creating classroom newspapers is a great way for teachers to engage students in a wide variety of literacy activities. Students can use their writing skills to demonstrate their learning, share stories, and collaborate with their peers to produce meaningful reading content.  There are several web tools you can use with your students to create class newspapers, the list below features some of our favourite titles that we reviewed in the past. We have also included two important  resources where you can access and download pre-designed newspaper templates.
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15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns

15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite resources for virtual reality in education. Here are tools for teachers looking for new educational VR apps.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 25, 7:20 PM
Great place to get started. Make sure to get the free PDF.
Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, May 26, 4:50 PM
15 resources for Virtual Reality. 
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, Today, 12:34 PM
Fantastic may be an overstatement, mostly visual field trips, but cool nonetheless.
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Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders - Engadget

Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders - Engadget | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has unveiled a free curriculum designed to teach high school and community college students app coding schools. The Swift language course has already been adopted by six US community college systems that will distribute it to half a million students this fall. While it's generous on Apple's part, Tim Cook acknowledged that it needs to address an industry-wide shortage of coders, especially for enterprise apps. "That's really in its infancy, in terms of explosion, and so there's just a ton of opportunity here," he told USA Today.

The course entails around 180 hours of training with lesson plans, instruction and exercises for teachers. Students will "learn to code and and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology," writes Apple. The program is an extension of Apple kindergarten to grade 12 "Everyone Can Code" curriculum that helps students get comfortable with code.
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Learn To Teach #Coding Over The Summer - @JonSamuelson

Learn To Teach #Coding Over The Summer - @JonSamuelson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

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It is super simple with CodeCampus! Watch the video below for a 2 minute description of what the site can do for your teaching. 

This is a great opportunity! CodeCampus gives you FREE easy to follow tutorial videos, so you can learn the basics of Scratch in about 4-5 hours."

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Have you ever wanted to take technology in your classroom or school, but you do not have the skills or the sources? 
Well, CodeCampus has the solution. It is an application that allows you to join free and have access to a world of tech possibilities for your school. You can help your peers join and you can improve your skills with its tutorials either on your own or in a study group. Also, you will have a platform with access to a lot of lesson plans and sources to develop lessons in your schools. Again, we have the apps on our side, they are just waiting to be discovered by us.
Kim Auld's comment, Today, 2:31 AM
A good starting point for teachers wanting to learn how to code and keep up with the times. I am keen to see what insights I can learn from this as a self-taught scratch user.
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The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app

The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to choose their favourite apps for smashing with Book Creator. Here's their top choices.

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2nd-Library's curator insight, May 20, 7:16 PM
Book creator
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 25, 9:15 AM
Que ce soit le logiciel Book Creator ou un autre, les e-books vont être utilisés de plus en plus, même si la progression est lente.
Sample Student's curator insight, May 25, 9:06 PM
I love Book Creator. I integrate other apps with it, intuitively. And then when I am asked about what I use, I have to stop and think about it. This is a one-stop article with great support for each app and very nice ideas!
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8 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials

8 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those of you asking about video lesson tools, below is a collection we published a few months ago featuring some of our favourite tools in this regard.  You can use these tools  to  create instructional videos and tutorials in a simple and easy way without the need for an advanced technology knowledge. All of these tools are web based, no software download is required.
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