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Free Books for Kids - Kathy Cassidy

Free Books for Kids - Kathy Cassidy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"As a teacher, I value choices for my students in both how they learn and in how they demonstrate that learning. I try to give my students choices about as many things as I can each day, including whether to use technology in their learning or to use more traditional methods. Because I am fortunate enough to now have a classroom set of iPads, I am able to offer the choice of using technology much more often."

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Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable

Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying and threats of violence to American high schools.

The same reviewer goes on to say, "The app has become popular at my school and is specifically targeting a small group of people. I wish I could repeat the evil things that were posted so I could get my point across, but I cannot bring myself to spread those gruesome things even further."

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How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org

How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These days, the world is at your fingertips wherever you are. Anyone with a data connection and a smartphone has literally the entire Internet in his/her pocket. However, not all apps are created equally, in terms of the amount of data that they use in order to run. This is a quick tip on how to save your data usage (and potentially quite a bit of money). The following will be especially helpful if you do not have a large data plan (more than 1Gb per month).
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5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I taught high school math for 14 years. My last years I went paperless. There are many digital tools that support teaching math and Google Docs is one of them. If your school has Google Apps for Education (GAfE) here are 5 ways to have students use Google Docs in math:
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Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever.
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Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister

Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, Today, 9:41 AM

Libraries are growing in great ways.  The development of makerspaces in libraries opens learning up to explore the varied means of UDL.  Exploration is the key!!

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, Today, 9:45 AM

Makerspaces are not just for kids!  Public libraries are developing makerspaces so that ALL community members can explore the possibilities.  One great example @CranstonLibrary #ALLACCESS

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, Today, 11:53 AM

The Maker movement is pretty powerful and open to all.

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“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.” | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
“What is the most unique item your students have created in their Makerspaces?” I asked our SXSWedu panel charged with sharing details about their Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces.

A giggling Darcy Coffta, Upper School Librarian and Innovation Director at Berwick Academy in Maine, explained the most memorable creation she’s stumbled upon was a nuclear reactor.  We laughed too.  But she was serious! One of Coffta’s high school students literally built a nuclear reactor.

Much like that student’s creation, Makerspaces are sparking a transformation in the nuclei of a school—the library.  Librarians, like Coffta and our other SXSWedu Makerspace panelists, are tearing out their circulation desks; building work tables; designing Lego walls; and soliciting parents and visiting yard sales for treasures and donations like sewing machines, drills, and hot glue guns.
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Change the language on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support

Change the language on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learn how to change the language setting on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it's incorrect or if you've accidentally changed the language to one you don't understand.
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Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog

Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Adam Foster, the teacher behind @iPadTeachers, has written an excellent guide to Book Creator.
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Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk - EduTech for Teachers

Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk - EduTech for Teachers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
And so the good news is… Stuff just got a little “tackk-y” on the edtech scene. What am I talking about? Well, according to the latest scoop, ThingLink just hooked up with a pretty nifty cool tool called Tackk, a free service that can be utilized to quickly create simple webpages similar to a digital flyer or poster to announce important events, classroom or school information and/or to highlight digital projects and media.

But that’s not all… By establishing a new partnership with ThingLink, Tackk has taken its coolness to the next level by providing users with the option to embed interactive images into a “Tackkboard”. Sounds like an app smashers dream come true, eh?
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5 minute CPD - A Green Screen Workflow - Educate 1-to-1

5 minute CPD - A Green Screen Workflow - Educate 1-to-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Using the tools you have to hand with an iPad effectively is hard if you don’t have a good workflow. That is as true when you’re dealing with productivity tools as it is multimedia ones. In this video though, I focus on how to combine stop motion, green screen and iMovie together and consider briefly why you might want to try this.
The content of the video I have made is not educational, but hopefully it does give you an idea of what could be achieved if the right sort of task was set.
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Coding and creativity could conquer the digital divide #2030NOW

Coding and creativity could conquer the digital divide #2030NOW | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Technology has an image problem.


That's what Belinda Parmar, CEO and founder of Little Miss Geek and Lady Geek, said in a panel at the +SocialGood UK conference in London on Friday.

 

 

In conversation with Brothers for All cofounder Robyn Scott, Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech, BT Group CEO Gavin Patterson and Mashable UK editor Blathnaid Healy, Parmar discussed the lack of girls in STEM, citing declining numbers of women in technology roles in both the U.S. and UK."

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5 Tools to Create Your Own Classroom AMA (Ask Me Anything) - FRACTUS LEARNING

5 Tools to Create Your Own Classroom AMA (Ask Me Anything) - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An AMA (Ask Me Anything) is a two way conversation first conceived on the social networking and news website Reddit. Essentially an AMA is an opportunity for people of interest to host their own Q&A session where users are encouraged to ‘ask them anything’. Questions can range from deadly serious to utterly ridiculous, and are voted up or down by users so that the most popular questions are answered first. More than just a fad on Reddit, there are a heap of ways you can run your own version of an AMA with interesting guests in your own classroom.
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Korally's curator insight, March 28, 9:06 AM

Not sure if it will motivate the students to ask another questions if their questions before were not popular 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, March 28, 10:23 PM

I have to try one of these....

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Three ways to embed a digital culture in your school - Daily Genius

Three ways to embed a digital culture in your school - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Creating a digital culture in any organisation is less about technology (much of that is shared, and the best is intuitive to use), but it is about culture. That culture is about a willingness to experiment, to take responsibility for new approaches, to support people as they learn new skills, but to be firm about where the boundaries are.

There’s three ways you can start to create such a culture:
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Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com

Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After reading this article in the New York Times yesterday I started thinking about one of my favorite coloring apps for children.  No matter how old or young you are coloring requires a combination of skills that can be applied in various situations.  Combining coloring with augmented reality is an easy way to introduce this exciting technology to students.  The colAR Mix app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a super fun choice with plenty of free options.
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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a follow-up to that post, I am amplifying my call to action to say that I believe it is the responsibility of every educator in this era of learning to share . . . resources, ideas, success, challenges, ahas, student insights, anything education related.

Sharing takes on many forms. Educators can talk to colleagues, write blogs, tweet, present at conferences – both virtually and face to face, talk to the media, and/or create a media product – video, podcast, photo essay – and post online.
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9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach

9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are the best note taking apps for your iPhone and iPad. You can choose to any of these note taking apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch according to your needs.
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Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages

Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.
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5 Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose - Best Apps for iPhone and iPad

5 Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose - Best Apps for iPhone and iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The list of the Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad is here.  In this list, you can see 7 best password manager apps for iPhone & iPad. Now see the best iOS password manager apps-
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 12:06 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 12:01 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Tony Guzman's curator insight, Today, 9:44 AM

In this short article and video advertisement learn how you can leverage a texting free tool to obtain Internet info. This is a great tool for anyone with limited data plan, or no data plan.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 -UPDATED - Edutopia

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 -UPDATED - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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Maths in SLD Classroom - SEN - iPads

Maths in SLD Classroom - SEN - iPads | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My class are a wonderful group of individuals, all with their own gifts and challenges. They range in ability from p5/6 to p8. The area of study for this lesson… The vocabulary of shape.

We have, in previous lessons, experienced using 2d and 3d shapes and the children were to work both digitally and non digitally.
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iPad vs Chromebook battle plays out in Amish country | PBS NewsHour Extra

iPad vs Chromebook battle plays out in Amish country | PBS NewsHour Extra | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The battle over the $13-billion market for educational technology has spread to Ohio’s Amish country, where many students live without electricity, television or phones.

Many Amish families live a traditional lifestyle without modern devices, but in the last few years, the local schools have embraced technology with a White House initiative aiming to connect 99 percent of classrooms to the Internet by 2018.
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Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project - FRACTUS LEARNING

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the best-selling STEM Education guide, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, authors Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager explore many important concepts that contribute to a nurturing environment for making in the classroom.

An essential element to succeeding with ‘making’ is the ability to seamlessly pair art and science through innovative project-based learning. So what is involved in creating the perfect project to encourage making, creativity and learning? Here are the eight elements Sylvia and Gary feel are most import to achieving success in project-based learning.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Must-Haves for Teaching + Learning with #BYOD #BYOT

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Must-Haves for Teaching + Learning with #BYOD #BYOT | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Are you allowing students to bring their own devices to learn where you work? If so, you'll want to become familiar with these seven digital resources.  Each resource is followed by a link to more information and advice for use in the classroom. What’s great about all of these tools is they can be used in environments even if students have a regular phone without browser or app capabilities.  
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